Anne Quast Sander
Receiving her first set of golf clubs at the age of 3, Marysville’s Anne Quast became a popular fixture on the links at Cedarcrest Golf Course, owned and operated by her parents. At age 12 she played in her first tournament. In 1952 she won Everett’s club championship, placed second in the Oregon State Junior Girls and won the first of her three Washington State Junior Girls titles. In a rare occurrence at the age of 14, she became the youngest person ever to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships. In both 1955 and 1956, she won Washington State Women’s Amateur Golf Association titles.
While a student at Stanford University, Anne won the first of her three U.S. Women’s Amateur titles in 1958, the other titles coming in 1961 and 1963. In winning the 1961 title, she set the record for largest margin of victory.
In 19855, Anne became the first woman to win The Everett Herald’s Man of the Year in Sports, 21 years before this award was officially adopted specifically for women. She graced the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1959. She represented the United States on eight Curtis Cup teams, the second most of all-time. She was a member of three World Amateur teams and was runner-up in three more U.S. Women’s Amateurs. In 1980, Anne won the British Ladies Amateur title, and in her first year of eligibility at age 50, she won the 1987 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur title which she would again capture in 1989, 1990 and 1993.
A member of the Stanford University Athletic Hall of Fame, the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame and the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Hall of Fame, Anne Quast Sander was ranked among the top ten amateurs thirteen times by Golf Digest, also a record.
Still playing in 2002, at the age of 65, she qualified for match play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur again.