Inducted in 1983
Helen Corson
Born on December 30, 1901 in Portland, Maine
Education:
Waynflete High School
Smith College, Northampton, MA

For a string of championships in two countries plus a British colony and a sterling overall performance on and off the course, Helen Payson Corson is generally regarded by veteran links authorities as Maine's best-ever woman golfer.

Her accomplishments included the 1927 Canadian National Ladies championship, the Bermuda title, number four ranking nationally in '32, non-playing captain of the Curtis Cup team competing against Great Britain in '31, qualification for the National Amateur from 1925-29 and a match play victory over the famed Glenna Collet Vare, the Corson ascendancy is well-substantiated.

A product of the Portland Country Club which has been bulwarked on Falmouth Foreside so many years by various branches of the Payson family, Helen probably earned no greater accolade than to be likened to PCC professional Alex Chisholm for her "fluid swing, always down the middle, managing the ball with rare game presence."

Helen Payson won her first two Maine women's titles in 1927 and '28 and her third in '31, the summer in which she was married to Philadelphia businessman and five-time Philly champion Philip Corson.

Maine titles ran in the Payson family as Helen's sister Emma (Mrs. George Bradley) also was a three-time state queen in '36, '41, and '46. Also, their mother, Mrs. Richard C. Payson, was founder and first president of the Women's Maine State Golf Association in '27.

A well-settled Pennsylvanian and a member of the women's team of the famed Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, Mrs. Corson saw her brilliant competitive career terminated all too soon by a serious back operation in 1937.

But this only gave the energetic and talented Maine transplant all the more time for a host of pursuits - including extensive civic and state service, study of architecture (helped design the family home in Plymouth Meeting), bridge expertise (taught the game as well), crossword-puzzle formulation and stamp collecting.

For her great community service, she was awarded an honorary Bachelor of Law degree by Ursinus College in 1973. And with husband Philip, she was honored as a Distinguished Pennsylvania Republican in '76.

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