Meet the Champions

Amy Alcott

Amy’s long career of being a Southland golfer began at the age of 9 at her Brentwood home. She competed throughout Southern California and in her amateur career amassed 132 junior golf trophies, including the 1973 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at the age of 17. Alcott made history in 1974 as the first female golfer to play in the CIF-SCGA high school championship, as a member of the Palisades High School boys’ team. Alcott competed on the LPGA Tour for 30 seasons, winning 29 events during that time. In her career she won five major championships including the Kraft Nabisco Championship three times where she started the tradition of jumping into Poppie’s Pond at Mission Hills CC after winning the 1988 title. Most recently, Amy was honored by the SCGA when she was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2011.

Donna Andrews

Donna turned professional in 1990 after a successful amateur career at the University of North Carolina, which included winning the North and South Women's Amateur Championship in 1988. She won six titles on the LPGA Tour including the 1994 Nabisco Dinah Shore and represented the United States at the 1994 and 1998 Solheim Cup. Donna currently instructs at Pine Needles Resort in North Carolina.

Jane Blalock

Jane was born in New Hampshire and began golfing at age 13. She tied for fifth at the 1969 LPGA Burdine’s Invitational as an amateur. She then turned pro and earned LPGA Rookie of the Year honors in 1969. Blalock won her first tournament in 1970, en route to 25 tournament wins during the 1970s, and never missed a cut through 1980, making 299 straight cuts, which remains a Tour record. She retired from competition in 1987.

Pat Bradley

Pat became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1974 and won six major championships and 31 LPGA Tour events in all. She earned her first win at the Girl Talk Classic in 1976. Pat led the LPGA in wins in 1983 (4) and 1986 (5). In 1986, she won three of the four LPGA majors - the du Maurier Classic, Nabisco Dinah Shore and LPGA Championship. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and additional career highlights include playing on three U.S. Solheim Cup teams (1990, 1992, 1996) and being the team captain in 2000.

Donna Caponi

Donna was born in Detroit, MI and began playing golf at the age of eight. She joined the LPGA Tour at age 20 and won 24 events, including back to back U.S. Women’s Open titles in 1969 and 1970. She won two additional major titles in her career, the LPGA Championships in 1979 and 1981. Donna was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001.

Betsy King

Betsy was born in Reading, PA and went on to play collegiate golf at Furman University, where she was on the 1976 national championship team. Betsy was low amateur at the 1976 U.S. Women’s Open, then joined the LPGA Tour in 1977. She won her first tournament at the 1984 Women’s Kemper Open. She won three titles in 1984 and added 21 top-10 finishes to earn LPGA Tour Player of the Year honors. From 1984 through 1989, King won a total of 20 LPGA events, more wins than any other golfer in the world, male or female, during that time period. With her 30th win in 1995, she gained entry into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Nancy Lopez

Nancy was born in Torrance, Calif. She won the New Mexico Women's Amateur three times, the first at age 12, followed by the U.S. Girls' Junior in 1972 and 1974. Nancy left college after her sophomore year and became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1977, winning 48 events during her career including the LPGA Championship three times. Her extensive list of achievements and awards includes LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 1978, Player of the Year honors four times, AP Female Athlete of the Year in 1978 and 1985, all leading to entry into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1987.

Patricia Meunier-Lebouc

Patricia was born in Dijon, France. As an amateur, she won the French Cup and the Greece International in 1993. Patricia turned professional in 1994 and initially played on the Ladies European Tour. She then qualified for the LPGA Tour by tying for 27th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn non-exempt status for the 2001 season. She captured her first LPGA tour victory in 2002 and the following year she won her first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Sandra Palmer

Sandra started playing golf at the age of 13 in Maine, where she worked as a caddie. Palmer became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1964. She went on to win 19 events including two major championships. She topped the money list for 1975 and was awarded the LPGA Player of the Year title.

Sandra Post

Born in Oakville, Ontario, Sandra went on to become the first Canadian to play on the LPGA Tour. She joined the LPGA Tour in 1968 at the age of 19 and earned Rookie of the Year honors after becoming the then-youngest player to win an LPGA Major by capturing the LPGA Championship in a playoff victory over defending champion Kathy Whitworth. Other career highlights include back-to-back wins at the 1978 and 1979 Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner’s Circle and being elected into the Canadian Sports and the Royal Canadian Golf Association Halls of Fame.

Jo-Ann Prentice

Jo-Ann was born in Birmingham, Alabama and took up golf at the age of 15. She turned professional in 1956 and won six times on the LPGA Tour between 1965 and 1974. She won the Colgate Dinah Shore in a playoff in 1974.

Patty Sheehan

Patty was rated one of the top junior snow skiers in the country at 13 years old before moving to Nevada and winning three straight high school championships, three straight Nevada State Amateur Championships and two straight California Women's Amateurs. She turned professional in 1980, earning Rookie of the Year honors in 1981, Player of the Year honors in 1983 and winning the LPGA Championship in 1983, 1984 and 1993. Patty played on the U.S. Solheim Cup team five times and captained the team in 2003. In 1993, she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Annika Sorenstam

Born in Bro, Sweden, Annika was a nationally ranked junior tennis player and talented skier. At age 12 she began golfing, leading into a successful amateur career that included being a member of the Swedish National Team and becoming World Amateur champion in 1992. Annika attended the University of Arizona, winning seven collegiate titles and in 1991, became the first non-American and first freshman to win the individual NCAA National Championship. She began her LPGA Tour on the Ladies European Tour in 1992 before earning non-exempt status for the 1994 LPGA Tour season, which lead to Rookie of the Year honors in that same year. She earned LPGA Tour Player of the Year honors eight times and in 2003, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame

Kathy Whitworth

Kathy was born in Monahans, TX and began playing golf at the age of 15. After winning the 1957 and 1958 New Mexico State Amateur Championship, she became a professional player at 19. She was LPGA Player of the Year seven times, won the Vare Trophy for best scoring average by an LPGA Tour Player a record seven times and entered the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1975. During her playing career she won 88 LPGA Tour tournaments, and in 1981 became the first woman to reach career earnings of $1 million on the tour. Kathy then served as the U.S. team captain at the inaugural Solheim Cup match in 1990.

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