Professional Golfer Kathy Whitworth Was Born
September 27, 1939
you been following the spectacular golfing career of Tiger Woods?
Well, he's got a big task ahead of him to match the achievement of Kathy
Whitworth, professional golf's all-time leading tournament winner.
Born September 27, 1939, in Monahans, Texas, Kathy Whitworth won her
first tournament, the Kelly Girls Open, in 1962. In 1985, she won
her 88th, setting the tournament victory record for a professional
golfer--man or woman. She sure stayed out of sand traps! And her honors
go well beyond that.
Whitworth started playing golf at the age of 15. At 19,
she joined the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour.
Over the next 15 years, she received the LPGA Player of the Year
Award seven times. In 1965, and again in 1967, the Associated
Press named her Athlete of the Year. Golf Magazine called her
"Golfer of the Decade" for her outstanding performance between
1968 and 1977. And in 1975, Whitworth was inducted into the LPGA
Hall of Fame. During that time she also worked with her peers to
help women golfers gain greater recognition and financial
And Whitworth is still on the course today, though her focus is
on helping other women master the game that privileged American
women first tried in the mid-1890s. Then, women of social status
found the adventure and challenge of golf as an opportunity to
engage in sport. In the 1920s, after women championed the
suffrage movement and gained the right to vote, women began
playing in amateur tournaments. In the 1940s and 1950s, golfing
greats such as Babe Didrikson Zaharias started the LPGA tour and
tried to make the sport more accessible to women of all races
and social classes. With new super champions today such as
Karrie Webb and Tiger Woods, golf is more popular than ever. Why
not pick up a club and try a swing. Fore!