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Titleholders Championship

The Titleholders Championship was a women's golf tournament played from in 1937 to 1966 and again in 1972. It was later designated a major championship by the LPGA Tour.

It should not be confused with two other LPGA events with similar names:

History

The Titleholders Championship was founded in 1937. Like the Masters Tournament for men, which began a few years earlier, it was played in Augusta, Georgia though at the Augusta Country Club, not at Augusta National Golf Club. The winners of various amateur and professional events were invited to take part, although most of the competitors were amateurs. There were very few women professionals at the time and most earned their living as club or teaching professionals. The Titleholders itself did not offer prize money until 1948, when a prize fund of $600 was introduced, with half of the money going to the professional placing highest in the event. The tournament was discontinued after 1966, but was revived for one year in 1972, when it was played at Southern Pines, North Carolina. All of these stagings are now recognized as major championships by the LPGA, even though the organization was not founded until 1950.

Winners

Year Winner Country Score Runner(s)-up Winners'
share ($)
Purse ($) Ref
1972 Sandra Palmer 23x15px United States 283 23x15px Judy Rankin, 23x15px Mickey Wright 3,000 20,000 [1]
1967–71 No tournament
1966 Kathy Whitworth 23x15px United States 291 23x15px Judy Kimball-Simon, 23x15px Mary Mills 1,500 10,000 [2]
1965 Kathy Whitworth 23x15px United States 287 23x15px Peggy Wilson 1,500 10,000 [2]
1964 Marilynn Smith 23x15px United States 289 23x15px Mickey Wright 1,300 7,500 [2]
1963 Marilynn Smith 23x15px United States 292PO 23x15px Mickey Wright 1,235 7,500 [2]
1962 Mickey Wright 23x15px United States 295PO 23x15px Ruth Jessen 1,330 7,500 [2]
1961 Mickey Wright 23x15px United States 299 23x15px Patty Berg, 23x15px Louise Suggs 1,200 7,000 [2]
1960 Fay Crocker 23x15px Uruguay 303 23x15px Kathy Cornelius 1,140 6,000 [2]
1959 Louise Suggs 23x15px United States 297 23x15px Betsy Rawls 1,000 5,000 [3]
1958 Beverly Hanson 23x15px United States 299 23x15px Betty Dodd 1,000 5,275 [3]
1957 Patty Berg 23x15px United States 296 23x15px Anne Quast (a) 1,000 5,000 [3]
1956 Louise Suggs 23x15px United States 302 23x15px Patty Berg 1,000 5,000 [3]
1955 Patty Berg 23x15px United States 291 23x15px Mary Lena Faulk 1,000 5,000 [3]
1954 Louise Suggs 23x15px United States 293 23x15px Patty Berg 1,000 3,000 [3]
1953 Patty Berg 23x15px United States 294 23x15px Betsy Rawls 1,000 2,200 [3]
1952 Babe Zaharias 23x15px United States 299 23x15px Betsy Rawls 1,000 2,100 [3]
1951 Pat O'Sullivan (a) 23x15px United States 301 23x15px Beverly Hanson 1,500 [3]
1950 Babe Zaharias 23x15px United States 298 23x15px Claire Doran (a) 700 1,500 [3]
1949 Peggy Kirk (a) 23x15px United States 299 23x15px Patty Berg, 23x15px Dorothy Kirby (a) [4]
1948 Patty Berg 23x15px United States 308 23x15px Peggy Kirk (a), 23x15px Babe Zaharias [5]
1947 Babe Zaharias (a) 23x15px United States 304 23x15px Dorothy Kirby (a) 300 [6]
1946 Louise Suggs (a) 23x15px United States 314 23x15px Eileen Stulb (a) [7]
1943–45 No tournament
1942 Dorothy Kirby (a) 23x15px United States 239^ 23x15px Eileen Stulb (a) [8]
1941 Dorothy Kirby (a) 23x15px United States 224^ 23x15px Helen Sigel [9]
1940 Helen Hicks (a) 23x15px United States 336 23x15px Helen Dettweiler [10]
1939 Patty Berg (a) 23x15px United States 319 23x15px Dorothy Kirby (a) [11]
1938 Patty Berg (a) 23x15px United States 311 23x15px Jane Cothran (a) [12]
1937 Patty Berg (a) 23x15px United States 240^ 23x15px Dorothy Kirby (a) [13]

(a) - denotes amateur
PO - won in playoff
^ - 54 holes

Multiple winners

This table lists the golfers who have won more than one Titleholders Championship.

Deceased golfer †
Grand Slam winners ‡
Deceased Grand Slam winners ∞
Country Golfer Total Years
23x15px United States Patty Berg 7 1937, 1938, 1939, 1948, 1953, 1955, 1957
23x15px United States Louise Suggs 4 1946, 1954, 1956, 1959
23x15px United States Babe Zaharias 3 1947, 1950, 1952
23x15px United States Dorothy Kirby 2 1941, 1942
23x15px United States Mickey Wright 2 1961, 1962
23x15px United States Marilynn Smith 2 1963, 1964
23x15px United States Kathy Whitworth 2 1965, 1966

Winners by nationality

This table lists the total number of titles won by golfers of each nationality as a major.

Nationality Number
of wins
23x15px United States 27
23x15px Uruguay 1

References

  1. LPGA Tournament Chronology - 1970-79
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 LPGA Tournament Chronology - 1960-69
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 LPGA Tournament Chronology - 1950-59
  4. "Peggy Kirk Wins Augusta Tourney". The Evening Independent (St. Petersburg, Florida). Associated Press. March 21, 1949. p. 10. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  5. "Berg Captures Titleholders Golf Tourney". The Spartanburg Herald (Spartanburg, South Carolina). Associated Press. March 22, 1948. p. 7. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  6. "Zaharias Cops Golf Crown". The Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Associated Press. March 31, 1947. pp. 2–4. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  7. "Suggs Wins Titleholders Golf Event". St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, Florida). United Press. April 13, 1946. p. 12. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  8. "Miss Kirby Keeps Title". Reading Eagle (Reading, Pennsylvania). April 3, 1942. p. 20. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  9. "Dorothy Kirby Ties Own Golf Record". The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). April 10, 1941. p. 35. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  10. "Augusta Golf to Mrs. Harb". San Antonio Light (San Antonio, Texas). Associated Press. January 19, 1940. p. 11A. 
  11. "Patty Berg Again Is Augusta Winner". Ellensburg Daily Record (Ellensburg, Washington). Associated Press. January 20, 1939. p. 6. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  12. "Patty Berg Races Ahead Of Golfers In Augusta Event". The Spartanburg Herald (Spartanburg, South Carolina). Associated Press. January 17, 1938. p. 7. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  13. "Patty Berg Triumphs". The Montreal Gazette (Montreal, Canada). Associated Press. January 18, 1937. p. 16. Retrieved May 14, 2010.