Anthony David Lema was an American professional golfer who rose to fame in the mid-1960s and won a major title, the 1964 Open Championship at the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland. He died two years at age 32 in an aircraft accident near Chicago. Born in Oakland, Lema's parents were Anthony H. Lema and Clotilda M. Lema, née Silva, both of Portuguese ancestry, his father died of pneumonia when Tony was three years old, his widowed mother struggled to raise the family of four children on welfare. He began playing golf as a boy at Lake Chabot municipal golf course and learned different aspects of the game from a variety of people. Noted African-American golf coach Lucius Bateman helped develop his swing and Oakland policeman Ralph Hall taught him course strategy; the golf pros at Lake Chabot, Dick Fry and Bill Burch, trained him on basic golf fundamentals, including the use of a square stance. At age 17, Lema enlisted in the U. S. Marine served in Korea. After his discharge from the military in 1955, he obtained work as an assistant to the club professional at a San Francisco golf club.
Eddie Lowery, a wealthy San Francisco businessman, who assisted talented amateur players in the area, helped to sponsor and encourage Lema. Lowery is best known as the 10-year-old caddy of champion Francis Ouimet at the 1913 U. S. Open. Lowery's sponsorship gave Lema $200 a week expense money, to be repaid, in addition to splitting his winnings: Lema received two-thirds, Lowery one-third. One additional detail was. By 1957, Lema had developed his skills sufficiently to earn his way onto the PGA Tour, winning the Imperial Valley Open in memorable fashion: Assuming he was out of contention, Lema headed to the clubhouse bar, where he drank three highballs. Told that he would face Paul Harney in a sudden-death playoff, a relaxed Lema won the tournament on the second extra hole; the following year, he began developing friendships with a trio of fellow golfers: Johnny Pott, Tommy Jacobs, Jim Ferree, during 11 tournaments in 1958, Lema finished in the top 15, winning $10,282 for the year. The following year, Lema's winnings dropped to $5,900, followed by an worse year in 1960, when he collected a mere $3,060.
A raucous off-the-course lifestyle was taking its toll until he began talking with television producer Danny Arnold, who helped him improve his composure and bolster his confidence. While Lema's struggles continued in 1962, along with his debt to Lowery reaching over $11,000, his luck would change for good. On the eve of his victory in October 1962 at the Orange County Open Invitational in Costa Mesa, Lema joked he would serve champagne to the press if he won the next day. From on he was known as Champagne Tony, his handsome looks and vivacious personality added to the legend, such that Johnny Miller has stated that at the time of his death in 1966, Lema was second only to Arnold Palmer in fan popularity; that win sparked an impressive performance over the next four years that saw Lema win 12 official PGA tour events, finish second on 11 occasions, third four times. From 1963 until his death in July 1966, he finished in the top ten over half of the time and made the cut in every major, finishing in the top ten in eight of the fifteen in which he played.
Lema was a member of Ryder Cup teams in 1963 and 1965 with a record of 9–1–1, which remains the best for any player who has played in two or more. Friend and tour colleague Jack Nicklaus wrote that Lema's play stabilized and improved after he married Betty, a former airline stewardess, in 1963. One additional reason for Lema's more relaxed play that year was the end of his agreement with Lowery. In 1963, Lema finished second by one stroke to Nicklaus at the Masters, missed the playoff for the U. S. Open by two shots, bogeying the last two holes, believing, he won the Memphis Open Invitational that summer. Lema was named 1963 Most Improved Player by Golf Digest; that winter, he wrote, with Gwylim S. Brown, "Golfers' Gold", an autobiographical account of his eight-year apprenticeship in the competitive cauldron of the PGA Tour. In 1964, Lema won the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach three tournaments in four weeks: the Thunderbird Classic at Westchester in Rye, New York, the Buick Open Invitational at Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc and the Cleveland Open at Highland Park Golf Course in Cleveland, Ohio.
Two weeks he captured his only major championship at the 1964 Open Championship, held at the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland. He won by five shots over runner-up Jack Nicklaus. Before teeing up in the first round, Lema had only played nine practice holes. Lema had hired Arnold Palmer's regular British caddy, Tip Anderson, since Palmer was not competing that year. Anderson, a descendant of a past Open champion, Jamie Anderson, had grown up on the course. At the September matchup of the four major champions of 1964, in the 36-hole exhibition World Series of Golf, Lema won $50,000 at Firestone Country Club in Akron, over Palmer, Ken Venturi and Bobby Nichols. Due to his good looks and recent success, Lema was tapped for a guest appearance in an episode of the TV series Hazel that aired January 7, 1965. In the episode, Hazel misplaces his prized golf clubs; that same year he made an appearance on The Lawrence Welk Show, where Welk passed the baton to Lema to direct the Champagne Music Makers. In 1965, Lema won the Buick Open for the second consecutive year, the Carling World Open, finishing second in prize money to Nicklaus.
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The Territory of Oklahoma was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from May 2, 1890, until November 16, 1907, when it was joined with the Indian Territory under a new constitution and admitted to the Union as the State of Oklahoma. The 1890 Oklahoma Organic Act organized the western half of Indian Territory and a strip of country known as No Man's Land into Oklahoma Territory. Reservations in the new territory were opened to settlement in land runs that year and in 1891 and 1893. Seven counties were defined upon the creation of the territory. Although they were designated by number, they would become Logan, Oklahoma, Kingfisher and Beaver counties; the Land Run of 1893 led to the addition of Kay, Woods, Garfield and Pawnee counties. The territory acquired an additional county through the resolution of a boundary dispute with the U. S. state of Texas, which today is split into Greer, Jackson and part of Beckham counties. Oklahoma Territory's history began with the Indian Intercourse Act of 1834 when the United States Congress set aside land for Native Americans.
At the time, the land was unorganized territory that consisted of the federal land "west of the Mississippi and not within the states of Missouri and Louisiana, or the territory of Arkansas..." By 1856, the territory had been reduced to the modern-day borders of the State of Oklahoma, except for the Oklahoma Panhandle and Old Greer County. These lands became known as Indian Territory, as they had been granted to certain Indian nations under the Indian Removal Act, in exchange for their historic territories east of the Mississippi River; until this point, Native Americans had used the land. In 1866, after the American Civil War, the federal government required new treaties with the tribes that had supported the Confederacy, forced them into land and other concessions; as a result of the Reconstruction Treaties, The Five Civilized Tribes were required to emancipate their slaves and offer them full citizenship in the tribes if they wanted to stay in the Nations. This forced many of the tribes in Indian Territory into making concessions.
U. S. officials forced the cession of some 2,000,000 acres of land in the center of the Indian Nation Territory. Elias C. Boudinot a railroad lobbyist, wrote an article, published in the Chicago Times on February 17, 1879, that popularized the term Unassigned Lands to refer to this tract. Soon the popular press began referring to the people agitating for its settlement as Boomers. To prevent settlement of the land by European-Americans, President Rutherford B. Hayes, issued a proclamation forbidding unlawful entry into Indian Territory in April 1879. Despite federal obstruction, popular demands for the land did not end. Captain David L. Payne was one of the main supporters of the opening of Oklahoma to white settlement. Payne traveled to Kansas, where he founded the Boomer "Colonial Association." Payne's organization of 10,000 members hoped to establish a white colony in the Unassigned Lands. The formation of the group prompted President Hayes to issue a proclamation ordering Payne not to enter Indian Territory on February 12, 1880.
In response and his group traveled to Camp Alice in the Unassigned Lands, east of Oklahoma City. There, they made plans for a city, which they named "Ewing." The Fourth Cavalry arrested them, escorted them back to Kansas. Payne was furious, as public law prohibited the military from interfering in civil matters; the federal government freed Payne and his party denying them access to the courts. Anxious to prove his case in court, Payne and a larger group returned to Ewing in July; the Army again escorted them back to Kansas. Again they were freed but this time the federal government charged Payne with trespassing under the Indian Intercourse Act. Judge Isaac Parker fined him the maximum amount of one thousand dollars. Since Payne had no money and no property, the government could not collect the fine; the ruling settled nothing on the question of the public domain lands, Payne continued his activities. Payne tried a third time to enter the Unassigned Lands. In December and his group moved along the northern border of Indian Territory.
They were followed by a unit of cavalry under the command of Colonel J. J. Copinger. Colonel Copinger warned Payne that if he crossed the border that they would be "forcibly resisted." As the number of Boomers grew as people joined Payne, they sent a messenger to President Hayes asking permission to enter Indian Territory. After weeks of no response, Payne led his followers to the Unassigned Lands. Once again, they were arrested and Payne was sent back to Fort Smith, he was sentenced to pay a $1,000 fine. Upon his release, he returned to Kansas. During Payne's last venture, this time into the Cherokee Outlet in 1884, the Army again arrested him, they took him several hundred miles under severe physical circumstances over a tortuous route to Ft. Smith; the public was outraged about his treatment by the military, the US government decided to try his case. Payne was turned over to the United States District Court at Kansas, he was indicted for the crime of bringing whiskey into a Federal offense. In the fall term, Judge Cassius G. Foster quashed the indictments and ruled that settling on the Unassigned Lands was not a criminal offense.
The Boomers celebrated. Payne planned another expedition, but he would not lead it. On November 28, 1884, i
Robert Trent Jones
Robert Trent Jones Sr. was an English–American golf course architect who designed or re-designed more than 500 golf courses in 45 U. S. states and 35 countries. In reference to this, Jones took pride in saying, "The sun never sets on a Robert Trent Jones golf course." He is confused with the famous amateur golfer Bobby Jones with whom he worked from time to time. Jones received the 1987 Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, GCSAA's highest honor. In 1987, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Robert Trent Jones was born on June 1906, in Ince-in-Makerfield, England, to Welsh parents. At age five or six, Jones emigrated with his parents to the United States, where they arrived in East Rochester, New York. Jones worked as a caddie at The Country Club of Rochester and accepted a job as golf professional at Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club in nearby Sodus Point, New York, he met Donald Ross as a youth and, taking up the game, recorded the best score of all the amateur golfers at the 1927 Canadian Open and set a course record at Rochester.
While working as a golf professional, Jones attended Cornell University, undergoing a customized course of study that would allow him to pursue his interest in golf course design, during which time he designed nine holes of the university's golf course, now known as the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University. While at Cornell, Jones joined Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. Jones went into business with Canadian architect Stanley Thompson after concluding his studies at Cornell, with him designed courses in Canada. Following his partnership with Thompson, Jones went into business on his own and began designing local courses in the United States in the 1930s. Many of these, such as the 1936 course at Green Lakes State Park, were built using labor provided by the Works Progress Administration. Shortly after World War II, Jones got his first major assignment designing the Peachtree Golf Club in Atlanta in collaboration with golf legend Bobby Jones. At Bobby Jones' request, Jones redesigned the 16th holes at Augusta National Golf Club.
Despite the similarity of their names, the two men were not related. To make this distinction clear, Robert began using the middle name "Trent" shortly afterward. In 1955, Gene Hamm helped Jones build the Duke University Golf Course in North Carolina, he moved from there to Delaware to continue work with Jones, in 1959 moved back to Raleigh where he began his own design career. During the 1950s, Jones' annual income was reported as being $600,000—according to Golf Digest, no one other than Ben Hogan earned more money from golf at that time. Jones' clients included U. S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, for a putting green at the White House and a single hole at Camp David, as well as the Rockefeller family, Aga Khan and Hassan II of Morocco, for private courses, he was commissioned in 1990 to design a set of 18 courses in Alabama, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, the largest single golf design contract in history. Jones was married to Ione Jones, who died in 1987 and with whom he had two sons: Robert Jr. and Rees, both of whom became golf course architects.
Jones continued to design golf courses in his years until health problems prompted him to retire to Ft. Lauderdale, where he died on June 14, 2000. List of golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Robert Trent Jones Sr. at the World Golf Hall of Fame Robert Trent Jones Society
Mae Louise Suggs was an American professional golfer, one of the founders of the LPGA Tour and thus modern ladies' golf. Born in Atlanta, Suggs had a successful amateur career, beginning as a teenager, she won the Georgia State Amateur in 1940 at age 16 and again in 1942, was the Southern Amateur Champion in 1941 and 1947, won the North and South Women's Amateur three times. She won the 1946 and 1947 Women's Western Amateur and the 1946 and 1947 Women's Western Open, designated as a major championship when the LPGA was founded, she won the 1946 Titleholders Championship, subsequently designated as a women's major. She won the 1947 U. S. Women's Amateur and the next year won the British Ladies Amateur, she finished her amateur career representing the United States on the 1948 Curtis Cup Team. After her successful amateur career, she turned professional in 1948 and went on to win 58 additional professional tournaments, with a total of 11 majors, her prowess on the golf course is reflected in the fact that from 1950 to 1960 she was only once out of the top 3 in the season-ending money list.
Suggs was an inaugural inductee into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame, established in 1967, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1979. She was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1966, she was one of the co-founders of the LPGA in 1950, which included her two great rivals of the time, Patty Berg and Babe Zaharias. Suggs served as the organization's president from 1955 to 1957; the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, given annually to the most accomplished first-year player on the LPGA Tour, is named in her honor. In 2006 Suggs was named the 2007 recipient of the Bob Jones Award, given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. In February 2015 she became one of the first female members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. 1940 Georgia Women's Amateur, Southern Women's Amateur 1942 Georgia Women's Amateur and South Women's Amateur 1946 North and South Women's Amateur, Women's Western Amateur 1947 Southern Women's Amateur, Women's Western Amateur, U.
S. Women's Amateur 1948 North and South Women's Amateur, British Ladies Amateur 1946 Titleholders Championship, Women's Western Open, Pro-Lady Victory National Championship 1947 Women's Western Open 1948 Belleair Open 1949 U. S. Women's Open, Women's Western Open, All American Open, Muskegon Invitational 1950 Chicago Weathervane, New York Weathervane 1951 Carrollton Georgia Open 1952 Jacksonville Open, Tampa Open, Stockton Open, U. S. Women's Open, All American Open, Betty Jameson Open 1953 Tampa Open, Betsy Rawls Open, Phoenix Weathervane, San Diego Open, Bakersfield Open, San Francisco Weathervane, Philadelphia Weathervane, 144 Hole Weathervane, Women's Western Open 1954 Sea Island Open, Titleholders Championship, Betsy Rawls Open, Carrollton Georgia Open, Babe Zaharias Open 1955 Los Angeles Open, Oklahoma City Open, Eastern Open, Triangle Round Robin, St. Louis Open 1956 Havana Open, Titleholders Championship, All American Open 1957 LPGA Championship, Heart of America Invitational 1958 Babe Zaharias Open, Gatlinburg Open, Triangle Round Robin, French Lick Open 1959 St. Petersburg Open, Titleholders Championship, Dallas Civitan Open 1960 Dallas Civitan Open, Triangle Round Robin, Youngstown Kitchens Trumbull Open, San Antonio Civitan 1961 Naples Pro-Am, Royal Poinciana Invitational, Golden Circle of Golf Festival, Dallas Civitan Open, Kansas City Open, San Antonio Civitan, Sea Island Open 1962 St. Petersburg OpenLPGA majors are shown in bold.
=Amateur Amateur Curtis Cup: 1948 Women’s Career Grand Slam Champion List of golfers with most LPGA Tour wins List of golfers with most LPGA major championship wins Louise Suggs at the LPGA Tour official site Louise Suggs biography at About.com
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Mildred Ella "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias was an American athlete who excelled in golf, basketball and track and field. She won two gold medals in track and field at the 1932 Summer Olympics, before turning to professional golf and winning 10 LPGA major championships, she is regarded as one of the greatest female athletes of all time. Mildred Ella Didrikson was born on June 26, 1911, the sixth of seven children, in the coastal city of Port Arthur, Texas, her mother and her father, Ole Didriksen, were immigrants from Norway. Although her three eldest siblings were born in Norway and her three other siblings were born in Port Arthur, she changed the spelling of her surname from Didriksen to Didrikson. She moved with her family to 850 Doucette in Beaumont, Texas, at age 4, she claimed to have acquired the nickname "Babe" upon hitting five home runs in a childhood baseball game, but her Norwegian mother had called her "Bebe" from the time she was a toddler. Though best known for her athletic gifts, Didrikson had many talents.
She competed in sewing. An excellent seamstress, she made many of her clothes, including her golfing outfits, she claimed to have won the sewing championship at the 1931 State Fair of Texas in Dallas. She attended Beaumont High School. Never a strong student, she was forced to repeat the eighth grade and was a year older than her classmates, she dropped out without graduating after she moved to Dallas to play basketball. She was recorded several songs on the Mercury Records label, her biggest seller was "I Felt a Little Teardrop" with "Detour" on the flip side. Famous as Babe Didrikson, she married George Zaharias, a professional wrestler, in St. Louis, Missouri, on December 23, 1938. Thereafter, she was known as Babe Didrikson Zaharias or Babe Zaharias; the two met. George Zaharias, a Greek American, was a native of Colorado. Called the "Crying Greek from Cripple Creek," Zaharias did some part-time acting, appearing in the 1952 movie Pat and Mike; the Zahariases had no children. They were rebuffed by authorities.
Didrikson gained world fame in All-American status in basketball. She played organized baseball and softball and was an expert diver, roller-skater, bowler. Didrikson's first job after high school was as a secretary for the Employers' Casualty Insurance Company of Dallas, though she was employed only in order to play basketball as an amateur on the company's "industrial team", the Golden Cyclones; as a side note, the competition was governed by the Amateur Athletic Union. Despite leading the team to an AAU Basketball Championship in 1931, Didrikson had first achieved wider attention as a track and field athlete. Representing her company in the 1932 AAU Championships, she competed in eight out of ten events, winning five outright, tying for first in a sixth. Didrikson's performances were enough to win the team championship, despite her being the sole member of her team. Didrikson set four world records, winning two gold medals and one silver medal for track and field in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.
In the 80-meter hurdles, she equaled the world record of 11.8 seconds in her opening heat. In the final, she broke her record with an 11.7 clocking. In the javelin, she won gold with an Olympic record throw of 43.69 meters. In the high jump, she took silver with a world record-tying leap of 1.657 metres. Fellow American Jean Shiley jumped 1.657 metres, the pair tied in a jump-off when the bar was raised to 1.67 metres. Shiley was awarded the gold. Didrikson is the only track and field athlete, male or female, to win individual Olympic medals in a running and jumping event. In the following years, she performed on the vaudeville circuit, traveled with teams like Babe Didrikson's All-Americans basketball team and the bearded House of David team. Didrikson was a competitive pocket billiards player, though not a champion, she was noted in the January 1933 press for playing a multi-day straight pool match in New York City against famed female cueist Ruth McGinnis. By 1935, Didrikson began to play a latecomer to the sport in which she became best known.
Shortly thereafter, she was denied amateur status, so, in January 1938, she competed in the Los Angeles Open, a PGA tournament. No other woman competed against men in this tournament until Annika Sörenstam, Suzy Whaley, Michelle Wie and Brittany Lincicome six decades later, she shot 81 and 84, missed the cut. In the tournament, she was teamed with George Zaharias, they were married eleven months and settled in Tampa, Florida, on the premises of a golf course that they purchased in 1951. Didrikson became America's first female golf celebrity and the leading player of the 1940s and early 1950s. In order to regain amateur status in the sport, she could compete in no other sports for three years, she gained back her amateur status in 1942. In 1945, she had participated in three more PGA Tour events, missing the second cut of the first of them, making the cut of the other two. Zaharias won the 1946 U. S. Women's Amateur and the 1947 British Ladies Amateur – the first American to do so – and three Women's Western Opens.
Having formally turned professional in 1947, Didrikson dominated the Women's Professional Golf Association and the Ladies Professional Golf Association, of which sh
Mississippi is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Mississippi is the 32nd most 34th most populous of the 50 United States, it is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Alabama to the east, the Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana to the south, Arkansas and Louisiana to the west. The state's western boundary is defined by the Mississippi River. Jackson, with a population of 167,000 people, is both the state's capital and largest city; the state is forested outside the Mississippi Delta area, the area between the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers. Before the American Civil War, most development in the state was along riverfronts, as the waterways were critical for transportation. Large gangs of slaves were used to work on cotton plantations. After the war, freedmen began to clear the bottomlands to the interior, in the process selling off timber and buying property. By the end of the 19th century, African Americans made up two-thirds of the Delta's property owners, but timber and railroad companies acquired much of the land after the financial crisis, which occurred when blacks were facing increasing racial discrimination and disfranchisement in the state.
Clearing of the land for plantations altered the Delta's ecology, increasing the severity of flooding along the Mississippi by taking out trees and bushes that had absorbed excess waters. Much land is now held by agribusinesses. A rural state with agricultural areas dominated by industrial farms, Mississippi is ranked low or last among the states in such measures as health, educational attainment, median household income; the state's catfish aquaculture farms produce the majority of farm-raised catfish consumed in the United States. Since the 1930s and the Great Migration of African Americans to the North and West, the majority of Mississippi's population has been white, although the state still has the highest percentage of black residents of any U. S. state. From the early 19th century to the 1930s, its residents were majority black, before the American Civil War that population was composed of African-American slaves. Democratic Party whites retained political power through disfranchisement and Jim Crow laws.
In the first half of the 20th century, nearly 400,000 rural blacks left the state for work and opportunities in northern and midwestern cities, with another wave of migration around World War II to West Coast cities. In the early 1960s, Mississippi was the poorest state in the nation, with 86% of its non-whites living below the poverty level. In 2010, 37% of Mississippians were African Americans, the highest percentage of African Americans in any U. S. state. Since regaining enforcement of their voting rights in the late 1960s, most African Americans have supported Democratic candidates in local and national elections. Conservative whites have shifted to the Republican Party. African Americans are a majority in many counties of the Mississippi-Yazoo Delta, an area of historic slave settlement during the plantation era; the state's name is derived from the Mississippi River. Settlers named it after the Ojibwe word misi-ziibi. Mississippi is bordered to the north by Tennessee, to the east by Alabama, to the south by Louisiana and a narrow coast on the Gulf of Mexico.
In addition to its namesake, major rivers in Mississippi include the Big Black River, the Pearl River, the Yazoo River, the Pascagoula River, the Tombigbee River. Major lakes include Ross Barnett Reservoir, Arkabutla Lake, Sardis Lake, Grenada Lake with the largest lake being Sardis Lake. Mississippi is composed of lowlands, the highest point being Woodall Mountain, in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains, 807 feet above sea level; the lowest point is sea level at the Gulf Coast. The state's mean elevation is 300 feet above sea level. Most of Mississippi is part of the East Gulf Coastal Plain; the coastal plain is composed of low hills, such as the Pine Hills in the south and the North Central Hills. The Pontotoc Ridge and the Fall Line Hills in the northeast have somewhat higher elevations. Yellow-brown loess soil is found in the western parts of the state; the northeast is a region of fertile black earth. The coastline includes large bays at Bay St. Louis and Pascagoula, it is separated from the Gulf of Mexico proper by the shallow Mississippi Sound, sheltered by Petit Bois Island, Horn Island and West Ship Islands, Deer Island, Round Island, Cat Island.
The northwest remainder of the state consists of the Mississippi Delta, a section of the Mississippi Alluvial Plain. The plain widens north of Vicksburg; the region has rich soil made up of silt, deposited by the flood waters of the Mississippi River. Areas under the management of the National Park Service include: Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site near Baldwyn Gulf Islands National Seashore Natchez National Historical Park in Natchez Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail in Tupelo Natchez Trace Parkway Tupelo National Battlefield in Tupelo Vicksburg National Military Park and Cemetery in Vicksburg Mississippi City Population Rankings of at least 50,000: Mississippi City Population Rankings of at least 20,000 but fewer than 50,000: Mississippi City Population Rankings of at least 10,000 but fewer than 20,000: Mississippi has a humid
Mary Kathryn "Mickey" Wright is an American former LPGA Tour professional golfer. She became a member of the tour in 1955 and won thirteen major championships and 82 LPGA Tour career events, she is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Wright was born in San Diego, where she attended Herbert Hoover High School, her first important title was the 1952 U. S. Girls' Junior, she played for its golf team, but left before graduation. She lost in the final of the 1954 U. S. Women's Amateur, won the 1954 World Amateur Championship, turned professional in 1954. Wright joined the LPGA Tour in 1955, she won 82 events on the LPGA Tour, which puts her second on the all-time win list behind Kathy Whitworth, who won 88 times. Thirteen of her victories were in major championships, which places her second to Patty Berg, who won fifteen majors. Wright topped the LPGA money list for four consecutive seasons from 1961–1964 and made the top ten on the list thirteen times in total between 1956 and 1969. Wright won at least one LPGA title for 14 straight seasons, from 1956 to 1969.
At the inaugural Tall City Open in 1964, Wright shot a 62 in the final round. It was the lowest score in LPGA Tour history at that time, at a course on which the men's record, at the time, was 66. Wright's Tall City Open win is tied for the largest final round comeback in LPGA history. Wright was coached by Harry Pressler. Ben Hogan said Wright's swing was the best he had seen, she retired from full-time golf at age 34 in 1969, because of problems with her feet, but did compete after that. She won 13 majors between 1958 and 1966, she is the only player in LPGA Tour history to hold all four major titles at the same time, she now lives in Port St. Lucie and plays recreational golf occasionally, she is a breast cancer survivor. In 2000, Wright was ranked as the ninth greatest golfer of all time, the top woman golfer, by Golf Digest magazine. In a major 2009 survey of experts, published by Golf Magazine, Wright was chosen the eighth best player of all time, the top woman player of all time, she was inducted into the PGA of America Hall of Fame in 2017.
1952 U. S. Girls' Junior 1954 World Amateur Championship 1956 Jacksonville Open 1957 Sea Island Open, Jacksonville Open, Wolverine Open 1958 Sea Island Open, LPGA Championship, U. S. Women's Open, Opie Turner Open, Dallas Open 1959 Jacksonville Open, Cavalier Open, U. S. Women's Open, Alliance Machine International Open 1960 Sea Island Open, Tampa Open, LPGA Championship, Grossinger Open, Eastern Open, Memphis Open 1961 St. Petersburg Open, Miami Open, Titleholders Championship, Columbus Open, U. S. Women's Open, Waterloo Open, Spokane Women's Open, Sacramento Valley Open, Mickey Wright Invitational, LPGA Championship 1962 Sea Island Women's Invitational, Titleholders Championship, Women's Western Open, Milwaukee Open, Heart of America Invitational, Albuquerque Swing Parade, Salt Lake City Open, Spokane Open, Mickey Wright Invitational, Carlsbad Cavern Open 1963 Sea Island Women's Invitational, St. Petersburg Women's Open, Alpine Civitan Open, Muskogee Civitan Open, Dallas Civitan Open, Babe Zaharias Open, Women's Western Open, Waterloo Women's Open Invitational, Albuquerque Swing Parade, Idaho Centennial Ladies' Open, Visalia Ladies' Open, Mickey Wright Invitational, LPGA Championship 1964 Peach Blossom Invitational, Clifford Ann Creed Invitational, Squirt Ladies' Open Invitational, Muskogee Civitan Open, Lady Carling Eastern Open, Waldemar Open, U.
S. Women's Open, Milwaukee Jaycee Open, Visalia Ladies' Open, Tall City Open, Mary Mills Mississippi Gulf Coast Invitational 1965 Baton Rouge Invitational, Dallas Civitan Open 1966 Venice Ladies Open, Shreveport Kiwanis Invitational, Bluegrass Ladies Invitational, Women's Western Open, Pacific Ladies' Classic, Shirley Englehorn Invitational, Mickey Wright Invitational 1967 Shreveport Kiwanis Club Invitational, Bluegrass Invitational, Lady Carling Open, Pensacola Ladies Invitational 1968 Port Malabar Invitational, Palm Beach County Open, Tall City Open, 500 Ladies Classic 1969 Bluegrass Invitational 1973 Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's CircleNote: Wright won the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle before it became a major championship. LPGA majors are shown in bold. 1959 Hoosier Celebrity 1961 Haig & Haig Scotch Foursome 1962 Naples Pro-Am 1963 Haig & Haig Scotch Foursome, Shell's Wonderful World of Golf 1966 Ladies World Series of Golf, Shell's Wonderful World of Golf 1967 Seven Lakes Invitational 1 In an 18-hole playoff, Wright 69, Jessen 72.2 Wright won on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff.3 In an 18-hole playoff, Wright 70, Jessen 72.
List of golfers with most LPGA major championship wins List of golfers with most LPGA Tour wins Women's Career Grand Slam Champion Mickey Wright at the LPGA Tour official site Mickey Wright bio at about.com