Dot Kirby (1920-2000)
Mary Dorothy Kirby was born in West Point, in Troup County, on January 15, 1920, and moved to Atlanta when she was ten. Her new home on Piedmont Road was situated near a miniature golf course, where she first became interested in golf. Neither of her parents played, but by the time Kirby was in the sixth grade she was playing nine holes before school and a full eighteen after school.
EnteringBobby Jones, Governor Herman Talmadge, Atlanta mayor William B. Hartsfield, and hundreds of fans at City Hall, where the mayor proclaimed it Dorothy Kirby Day.
Kirby was known for her good nature. Some observers doubted that she would ever be a champion because she lacked the "killer instinct." She treated her opponents as friends, leaving any hard feelings behind. Kirby retired from tournament play in the mid-1950s; in 1974 she was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, and in 1989 she was inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame. In 1971 the Atlanta Country Club established the Dorothy Kirby Invitational Tournament. Her portrait, presented by Bobby Jones, is displayed in the Capital City Club.
Kirby worked for WSB-TV and WSB Radio as a sportscaster and sales representative for thirty-five years. She then entered the real estate business, where the persistence she learned on the golf course often qualified her for the Million Dollar Club. She died on December 12, 2000, in Atlanta.
Media Gallery: Dot Kirby (1920-2000)