Alexa Stirling Fraser
Alexa Stirling Fraser was born in Atlanta, Ga., on September 5, 1897. As Bobby Jones’ childhood golfing partner, she was dubbed “The First Lady of East Lake” and “The Empress of Golf” to complement Jones’ “Emperor” nickname. Quiet and competitive, she won her first title at East Lake at the young age of 12. In 1916, three days before her 19th birthday, she won the first of her three U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships. When the Championship resumed after World War I, she successfully defended her crown in 1919 and ‘20, and placed second in that same tournament in 1921, ‘23 and ‘25. In 1920 and ‘34 she won the Canadian Women’s Open, and she finished second in 1922 and ‘25. Throughout her life she maintained her interest in golf and was as an honorary member of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club. She returned to Atlanta for the 1976 U.S. Open shortly before her death. She died in Canada on April 15, 1977.