Famous University of Tulsa women’s golf coach Dale McNamara passed away on Sunday as a result of complications from the second fight with cancer. He coached Nancy Lopez for 26 years and guided four teams to national championships. It was an 86-year-old woman.
According to a statement from Tulsa’s athletic department, McNamara’s daughters Cathy and Melissa were by her side when she passed away. When her mother coached at Tulsa in 1988, Melissa Luellen, now the head coach of the Auburn women’s team, won an individual national championship.
Luellen commented, “I share the passing of my mom Dale McNamara with profound grief.” “A fantastic wife, mother, coach, supporter, mentor, and friend. Never backed down from a challenge and would fight for “her girls” at all costs. Girls are all of my @tulsawgolf players, my sister Cathy, and I. She made a difference in many people’s lives, and her impact will endure. Peace be with you, Mom.
Pioneering TU golfer Dale McNamara passed away and left behind a women’s programme.
We lost one of the legendary athletes from the University of Tulsa.
The founder of women’s golf, Dale McNamara, passed suddenly on Sunday morning at the age of 86 due to complications from her second bout with cancer, the university reported. Melissa and Cathy McNamara were present, who were McNamara’s daughters.
The women’s golf programme for the Golden Hurricane was started from scratch by McNamara, a 1996 recipient of the TU Athletic Hall of Fame award. She coached the team from its inception until 2000 while also working as the department’s assistant athletic director for a significant portion of that time. She guided the team to four national titles along the way, two of which came in one calendar year.
She is regarded as one of the university’s “Mount Rushmore” athletes.
TU athletic director Rick Dickson, whose previous time at Tulsa overlapped with McNamara’s during his football days from 1972–76 and in his first tenure as athletic director from 1989–94, said in a statement, “We are heartbroken to learn about the passing of the matriarch of women’s golf at the University of Tulsa, Dale McNamara. Dale blazed a route, starting the women’s golf programme at Tulsa in 1974 and turning it into a national powerhouse in a short period of time. She had a significant impact on the TU athletic department, the university, the Tulsa neighbourhood, and the world of women’s collegiate golf.
Talking Tigers with Melissa Luellen and Dale McNamara
The women’s golf programme at the University of Tulsa was founded by Dale McNamara. She had never been a coach. She guided the Golden Hurricane to four national titles over her 26-year Hall of Fame tenure. Tulsa really won both the inaugural NCAA title and the final AIAW National Title in the same year! Her daughter Melissa was a senior in 1988. With Melissa winning the individual title, the Golden Hurricane earned their fourth national championship. Melissa Luellen succeeded her mother at Tulsa after a protracted coaching career in which she also won an NCAA championship at Arizona State and led Auburn to the Final Four the previous year. This Talking Tigers Podcast is brought to you by Wickles Pickles and features the mother-daughter team of Melissa Luellen and Dale McNamara.
Life story of Dale McNamara
PPK Group Ltd. has named Dale William McNamara as Executive Director, effective April 29, 2015. Dale joined PPK in late 2013 as an executive. In the operational and managerial capacities in the coal mining business in Australia and China, he has more than 30 years of experience. In 1993, he became the managing director of Wadam Industries, an ASX-listed company that was his creation. In 2009, he was then promoted to the position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Industrea. Dale took on the role of Global Director, Mining with the new owner after Industrea was acquired in November 2012.
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