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Ellamae Williams-Roessler

Inducted 2008

Elgin High School

Biography

Ellamae Williams-Roessler was inducted into the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame for golf. Born in Elgin in 1917, Williams won three consecutive Illinois State Amateur golfing championships, two consecutive Chicago District Golf Association championships and state titles in both Kansas and Colorado. The daughter of 1998 Elgin Hall of Fame inductee Eddie Williams, Ellamae attended Elgin High School. She won Illinois State Amateur titles in 1939, 1940 and 1941 and CDGA titles in 1939 and 1940. She qualified at least twice for the U.S. Women's Open, losing once in the second round on the 19th hole to Pam Barton, the national British women's champion. In 1938, Williams was the medalist in the stroke-play qualifying event, then lost to defending champion Helen Hicks in the first round. She competed against such other greats as Patty Berg, Babe Didrickson Zaharis and Louise Suggs.