Virginia Derby Grimes will be the keynote speaker at the Women’s Southern Golf Association’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships Welcome Dinner at Lockwood Folly Country Club on June 2, 2019.
Former Auburn women’s golf coach and player Virginia was the captain of the 2018 USA Curtis Cup Team, the United States Golf Association.
She played for Auburn from 1985-86 and was the team’s head coach from 1991-94, has been recognized as one of the world’s top amateur women’s golfers. She was a member of the 1998, 2000 and 2006 USA Curtis Cup Teams and owns a 4-0-1 record in foursomes, tied for the second-best record in Curtis Cup history. She is one of 10 women on either side to go undefeated while playing in at least four foursomes (alternate-shot) matches.
A 1987 Auburn graduate, Virginia was recognized in 1998 by renaming its annual home women’s golf tournament the Auburn Tiger-Derby Invitational. The tournament, which has not been played since 2008, was restarted in 2018 as the Evans-Derby Experience to also recognize former head coach Kim Evans. In 2004, she was inducted into Auburn’s Tiger Trail, which honors outstanding athletes, coaches and administrators.
Virginia won the 1998 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. She was a member of Alabama’s winning team in the 1997 USGA Women’s State Team Championship and earned medalist honors in the 1995 and 1997 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships.
She served on the USGA Women’s Committee in 2003-04 and was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. The Alabama native is a five-time Alabama Women’s Amateur and three-time Mississippi Women’s Amateur champion, and also won the 1987 and 1996 Women’s Southern Amateur Championships and the 1998 and 2006 South Atlantic Amateur Championships.