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Irene A. Yesick

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

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Irene A. Yesick, 92, of Baton Rouge, La., formerly of Slatington, died Sept. 25, 2018, at home.

Born in Washington Township, she was a daughter to the late Martin and Elizabeth (Melories) Yesick.

A Korean War U.S. Navy (Wave) Veteran, having served 1949-53, she was a bowler and won the 9th Naval District Command championship.

She discovered golf in 1954 and was taught by former pro Al Michael at Webb Park, Baton Rouge.

She was later hired at Baton Rouge Municipal Golf Course in the golf department where she not only continued to develop her skills to the point she dominated women’s golf in the area for a long time and was a much sought-after golf instructor there.

At age 58, she opened the new Howell Park Golf Course in 1957 and served there for 18 years before moving to Webb Park until her retirement four years later.

After retirement, in 1964, she regained amateur status and, in 1965, started playing in tournaments.

In the first year she won 18 out of 24 tournaments and won the city championship in 1966-68, and in 1970.

She won almost every women’s title in her area including championships of Webb Park, Howell Park, Baton Rouge Country Club, Sherwood Forest Country Club, Briarwood, Gonzales and Riverdale golf clubs, and many others.

She was of the Roman Catholic faith.

Her survivors include sister-in-law Ethel Yezik and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings Martha Soper, Mary Krause, and Paul, Steve, Martin, Joe, Thomas and Helen Yesik.

Go to nesterfuneralhome.com to leave condolences for the family.

Arrangements made by Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, Jacksonville, Lynn Township.