|Mary Cave Cup History|
Mary Cave Cup History
Mary Cave began volunteering in the early 1950s. She donated countless hours running tournaments for the youth of San Diego. She was the first women’s golf coach at San Diego State. She was inducted into the coaches’ hall of Fame at St. Augustine, Florida.
Mary also played an active role at the Junior World Golf Championships for over 30 years. In 1985 Mary was selected as captain of the San Diego‘s Girls Junior America’s Cup Team and was elected to the first Executive Board of this group. Mary was inducted into the San Diego Junior Golf Associations’ Hall of Fame in 2001.
The Mary Cave Cup was established in 2003. Carol Orona from Northern California spent two years attempting to establish a girls’ event in Mary’s honor in the San Diego area. She wrote to every golf course in the county and made many trips to San Diego to talk personally with the golf pros and general managers. It wasn’t until Megan Mahoney of the SDJGA, who was a member of one of Mary’s early America’s Cup teams, supported the idea that the event could be established. Mary was able to attend the first few years of the event before poor health got in the way. Mary passed away in the winter of 2009, but her memory and her event lives on.
The format is a two-girl team playing a better-ball, 36-hole tournament. The Mary Cave Cup has always been played in the San Diego area, the last three years at the Sycuan Resort.