Marjorie Dodd

Marjorie Dodd Brief Biography

Marjorie Dodd Letts was an important amateur tennis player and golfer in the early part of the 20th century. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on January 14, 1894 and died in Du Page, Illinois, in August, 1968. Playing at a time when there were no women's rankings, she was nonetheless one of the best ever to come out of the Midwest Section of the United States Tennis Association (known then as the Western Section). At the Cincinnati Masters, Dodd appeared in eight finals, winning singles titles in 1911 & 1912, and reaching the singles finals in 1908 & 1913. She won doubles titles in 1908 (with Martha Kinsey) and 1906 (with May Sutton) and was a doubles finalist in 1913. She also was a mixed doubles finalist (with Robert LeRoy) in 1907.

After her notable tennis career, she switched to golf, winning the Women's Western Golf Championships three times (1916, "?17 & "?20) and reaching the finals in 1910 and 1919. One of her most notable victories came in the 1921 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship when she defeated Cecil Leitch, called by the New York Times "the greatest golfing woman the world has ever seen." She also won two Chicago team championships with Mrs. Melvin Jones of Olympia Fields, Illinois.

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