May 24, 2023

Martha Nause - Part 1 (The Early Years and First LPGA Win)

Martha Nause - Part 1 (The Early Years and First LPGA Win)

Major Championship winner, Martha Nause, takes us back to growing up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, learning the game with her four siblings under the watchful eyes of her parents at their local country club. With no high school or college golf team (until her senior year), Martha's game developed as a family summer endeavor, learning how to compete and win (or lose) with grace from her mother. With the great Manuel de la Torre as her coach, she quickly turned her summertime passion into her life's work, turning professional at age 23 and qualifying in her first attempt for the LPGA Tour. Success came slowly, first by making a few cuts and small checks. Ten years of hard work and developing her self-confidence, Martha finally broke through for win #1 at the Planters Pat Bradley International. In the afterglow of winning, she still had some challenges and triumphs ahead. Martha Nause begins her life story, "FORE the Good of the game."

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"FORE the Good of the Game” is a golf podcast featuring interviews with World Golf Hall of Fame members, winners of major championships and other people of influence in and around the game of golf. Highlighting the positive aspects of the game, we aim to create and provide an engaging and timeless repository of content that listeners can enjoy now and forever. Co-hosted by PGA Tour star Bruce Devlin, our podcast focuses on telling their life stories, in their voices. Join Bruce and Mike Gonzalez “FORE the Good of the Game.”

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Nause, Martha

Golf Professional

3 Wins on the LPGA Tour
1 Major Championship Title - 1994 du Maurier Classic
1 Win on The Legends Tour
Legends Wins: 2006 HyVee Classic
Credits her mother and father, Bob Rotella, Chris Donell, Chuck Hogan, Chuck Fannin, Rick Jensen and Manuel de la Torre (teaching professional) as individuals most influencing her game… Former head coach for the Macalester (Minn.) College men’s golf team…In 1990, became the first woman inducted into the St. Olaf Sports Hall of Fame...Inducted into the Wisconsin Golf Hall of Fame in 1995...A former member of the LPGA Executive Committee... An excellent racquetball player and enjoys photography, the outdoors and physical fitness. Nause won the 1972 Wisconsin Junior State Championship. Awarded the Heather Farr Player Award in 1996.