Evelyn Grant - a winner for four decades, from the Canadian Maritimes to Alaska and still going strong.
The Maine women's champion back-to-back in '52 and '53, she still had the touch by 1975 when she was runner-up a second straight time to 1979 Hall inductee Martha Page White of Martindale.
And at age 59 this past summer, she was a strong contender at Martindale, ending up fifth. At age 53, she had the low average of 78.2 a round for the '76 state season Always a long hitter, she's also sharp on and around the greens. She learned the game as a youngster at the Penobscot Valley Country Club.
She won her first state crown at the Bath Country Club by a hefty 10 and 9 over Mrs. James Flint of Wilson Lake.
She repeated the next year at Riverside, 7 and 5 over Connie Malia of the Portland Country Club, who was to take two of the next three titles.
Along with her seconds to Mrs. White, Evelyn was runner-up to Waterville's Betty Morway in '67 and to Portland Country Club's Margaret Whelpley in '69.
Mrs. Grant's far-ranging log also includes:
An all-round athlete at Bangor High School, she bolstered its field hockey and basketball teams before golf seasons in the pre-World War II years.
Her versatility later extended to candlepin bowling, where she won numerous laurels, including the Bangor women's championship in the late 40's.
Her brother, Fred Rice, long has ranked high among the state's men's amateurs. Married to Winslow Clark, they have 2 sons, Curtis and David Brown.
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The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.