Mills lends woman's touch

Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 1:00am

Through the Green's golf courses at Highland Rim and Franklin make a statement by promoting the sport to women of all ages.

Now, everyone involved in the organization over the past several years is seeing that vision turn into reality.

One individual who has seen more than her share of visions come to fruition is three-time LPGA champion Mary Mills, instructor forTake your Daughters to the Course week and co-designer of the Highland Rim course, which has been named to Golf For Women magazine's list of top 100 fairways for women.

TTG is a collaboration of the efforts of John Doerr and Rob Rennell, with whom Mills began work in 1996. The idea was to create a facility to offer families, women and juniors a place to learn and play golf in a friendly environment. And since Mills knew a little something about the game, she was the perfect person to help drive the project.

Mills started playing golf when she was 11, and by the time she was 13, she had won the first of eight consecutive Mississippi Women's State Amateur Championships. Mills turned professional after graduating from college. She was the LPGA's first Rookie of the Year, and went on to win three LPGA Majors, including the 1963 Women's U.S. Open and the 1964 and 1973 LPGA Championships.

Mills retired from the LPGA Tour in 1980 after winning 11 tour events and was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. Since her retirement Mills has served as an instructor of the game, worked in the field of marketing and returned to school where she studied golf course design. She received a master

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