The LPGA is an acronym for the Ladies Professional Golf Association. It is the governing body for women's professional golf. Read profiles of LPGA greats like Nancy Lopez and Pat Bradley.
Mickey Wright's striking golf record includes 82 LPGA victories. To this day, she is considered one of the best women golfers to ever play the game. Read of her powerful swing and her superior play from 1956-69.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias excelled in virtually every sport she tried. Unfortunately, her career was cut short by cancer, and she died at the age of 42. Learn how Babe Didrikson Zaharias won 31 pro golf tournaments from 1948-55.
Joyce Wethered hit the golf ball farther that any other woman of her era. She eventually grew tired of competition and retired having little left to accomplish. Learn how Joyce Wethered dominated women's golf in the 1920s and '30s.
Kathy Whitworth's steady, consistent golf swing led her to 88 victories between 1962 and 1985. She won so much that she became the first woman to win over one million dollars in career prize money.
Louise Suggs is a founding member of the LPGA and a Hall of Fame golfer. She finished as runner-up in five Women's Opens and four LPGA Championships. Suggs' best streak was in the early 50s.
Glenna Collett Vare was a driving force in women's golf in the 1920s. Unfortunately, she was never able to claim the title of Ladies' British Open Amateur Champion despite reaching the final twice. Learn about Glenna Collett Vare's championship titles.
JoAnne Carner, winner of five U.S. Women's Amateur championships, went on to win a spot in the LPGA Hall of Fame. She is the only player to remain a career amateur in the era following World War II. Learn more about her career wins.
Betsy Rawls excelled in golf but also graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in physics and math. She became involved in tournament administration in her later years, serving as executive director from 1976-81.
Patty Sheehan was the most consistent LPGA player of the 1980s and 90s. She is considered to have one of the most consistent golf swings, which has helped her avoid slumps in her career. Find out how Patty Sheehan stayed on the top ten list from 1982-1993.
Betsy King won six professional golf tournaments in 1989, and she became the first LPGA player to surpass the $5 million mark in career earnings in 1994. She also scored her 30th win that year.
Nancy Lopez won five consecutive events in 1978 and nine tournaments total that year. She was inducted as the 11th member of the LPGA Hall of Fame in 1987, despite not having won a national championship.
Sandra Haynie is one of only three golfers to win the U.S. Women's Open and LPGA Championship in one year. She finished her career with a total of 42 wins and tied for the seventh best of all time.
Patty Berg was one of the first women pro golfers and won 50 tournament titles. She played an instrumental role in reorganizing the then defunct Women's Professional Golf Association.
Pat Bradley won three of the LPGA's four major championships in one year. The high point of her career came when she won the 1981 U.S. Women's Open and defeated opponent Beth Daniel by one stroke.
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