Mrs. White, mother of two and a part time tutor in the Lewiston and Auburn public schools, is the second woman to be inducted by the Maine group.
At age 15, Martha Page made her way to the finals of the very first Women's State Championship event in which she competed. A year later, in 1958, she captured her first State Title.
In 1959 Martha was joined by her sister Penny as the pair competed in the USGA National Juniors competition where Martha was defeated in match play by the eventual tourney winner, despite a fine round of '75. Martha had to defeat Penny in the Semi Finals of the state competition that year before winning the women's crown for a second straight year. She was also crowned the New England Junior champion in 1959.
In 1960, sister Penny and Martha wound up the finalists in state competition, and Martha scored a record third straight final win defeating Penny 5 and 4 at the famed Kebo course in Bar Harbor. Martha had a one under par 72 over the first eighteen holes of the 36 hole final.
On graduation from Bridgton High School, Martha entered Rollins College, where she was an "Honor List" student. She was a member of the Rollins Golf Team and competed Nationally at the college level. Back in Maine, there were to be six more years of Page domination of Women's Golf as Martha expanded her record to six consecutive championships, and then sister Penny won the next three in a row before Waterville's Betty Morway stepped in to break the string in 1967.
Martha met and married Gordon White of Auburn on graduation from Rollins College, taking an assignment as Admissions Assistant to the Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Alabama from 1964 to 1967. Her son Chad was born in 1965 and for a time golf took a back seat to family. Mrs. White was back in form in 1971 when she captured another state title in a sudden death win at Augusta Country Club over the defending champion which moved her into the final round where she scored victory on the 36th hole. Penny got revenge with a win over her sister in the state finals in 1972 for her fourth championship, but Martha took the title back in a win over Penny in the 1973 finals. Martha won her ninth title in 1974, the same year daughter Jennifer was born, and her tenth came in 1975. She was dethroned in 1976, but made it to the finals, and remains a solid contender. She holds course records at several Maine sites including Bangor Municipal where she posted a 70.
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The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.