Throughout 2022, Mizzou Athletics will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX – groundbreaking legislation that paved the way for more resources and participation for women in college athletics. Every day, our student-athletes harness the power of practice, preparation and competition to grow personally and professionally. They represent Mizzou and the entire State of Missouri on the national stage at the highest level of college athletics.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Six years before Title IX became law, former University of Missouri women’s golfer Barbara Berkmeyer became one of the true trailblazers in 1966 as the Tigers’ first scholarship student-athlete.

Mizzou and all college athletes will this week celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Patsy T. Mink Equal Educational Opportunity Act, better known as Title IX. The original bill was signed on June 23, 1972.

Berkmeyer, a native of St. Louis, began a long amateur golf career at Mizzou, cementing a legacy of sustained championship-level play spanning more than five decades.

Her golf resume speaks for itself, with five Missouri Women’s Amateur titles (1965, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1984) and four second-place finishes in this event (1968, 1972, 2000, 2003). She is also a 13-time Missouri Women’s Senior Amateur Champion.

Berkmeyer played in five U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships from 1964 to 1991 and played in four LPGA events and was the low amateur in two of those outings. She finished in the round of 16 consecutive USGA Women’s Senior Amateur (1999 and 2000) and was named St. Louis Metro Senior Player of the Year in 1997, 1999 and 2000. She was a USGA Senior finalist 2002. Women’s Championship and competed in two US Women’s Mid-Amateurs and four US Women’s Senior Championships.

A lifelong educator, she was a member of the MU board of trustees from 1977 to 1979 and served as chair of the board in 1979.

A Missouri Women’s Golf Association article called Berkmeyer a ‘fierce competitor and wonderful example of true sportsmanship’ while discussing her mentorship of young female players and service to golf across the state of Missouri. The story went on to say that his commitment, kindness, dedication, patience, and perseverance are unmatched. In 2015, the MWGA awarded her its highest honour, the Harriett Duncan Award.

Berkmeyer was inducted into the Mizzou Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame (2001), the St, Louis Sports Hall of Fame (2015), the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame (2021), and the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame (2022).

Please consider donating $50 (or any amount you choose) to the Tiger Scholarship Fund Celebration of the Women’s Sports Fund in honor of the accomplishments of our female student-athletes and to position Mizzou for even greater success in women’s athletics in the years to come. Your donation takes less than five minutes to make and will have a direct impact on the academic and athletic experience of current and future Mizzou student-athletes.

Please visit the Celebrating the Women’s Sports Fund Webpage or click the button below to donate now.

Follow Mizzou Athletics throughout the year as we celebrate 50 student-athletes, coaches and friends of women’s sports at Mizzou in honor of Title IX’s 50th anniversary.