Anne (Clark) Cather was the anchor for three straight state-qualifying teams at Salem and help lay the foundation for the girl’s golf program that began her freshman season.

The 1992 SCHS graduate played in nine postseason meets and led the Lady Wildcats in eight of those. That included the regional and sectional as a sophomore for a Salem team that finished 13th at the 1989 state meet. Cather had arguably her best high school postseason in 1990 as a junior when she was the individual runner-up at the Mt. Vernon Regional, the individual champion at the Belleville Sectional and finished 19th at the state meet for the Lady Wildcats squad that improved its state finish to tenth. Cather led Salem in all three of its postseason meets as a senior, as she was fourth at the Murphysboro Regional, seventh at the Edwardsville Sectional and 24th at the 1991 state meet. Cather’s performance helped Salem win its first ever regional and sectional championship and helped the Lady Wildcats improve their place at the state meet by another notch to ninth.

Cather continued her golf career at Kansas University where she played and lettered in four seasons (1994-97). Cather earned All-Academic Big 12 honors in 1997 and was KU’s top finisher in six tournaments. Her best tournament finish was a fifth place effort at the Southwest Missouri State Invitational. Cather finished her collegiate career with an 82.03 average that ranked third on the squad that year and won the Jayhawk Leadership Award as a senior.

In addition to her time on the course at Kansas, Cather was an active volunteer at Camp Jayhawk, Special Olympics and the St. Lawrence Catholic Center. Cather also served as an intern at the Kansas City Golf Association. Cather later obtained a master’s degree in business administration and served as an assistant golf coach at the University of Arkansas.