Who's who: Amy Alcott

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Who's who: Amy Alcott

  • Name:

    Amy Alcott
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    Feb 22, 1956 in Kansas City , Missouri.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Kansas City, Mo.
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer, course designer.
  • Turned Pro:

    1975 (aged 18).

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (5): Peter Jackson Classic (1979, became the du Maurier Classic); US Women's Open (1980); Nabisco Dinah Shore (1983, '88, '91; became the ANA Inspiration). Total professional wins (33), including LPGA Tour (29). US LPGA Rookie of the Year (1975). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1999).

Golf course design

Alcott has co-designed a number of courses including (but not limited to): Indian Canyons, Palm Springs (with Casey O'Callaghan) and Bricklanding GC, North Carolina (with Dan Maples).

Did you know?

After a successful amateur career, Alcott turned professional in 1975. Her first LPGA Tour win came in just her third start as a professional, which led to her winning the 1975 LPGA Rookie of the Year award. During the ensuing years, Alcott amassed 29 LPGA Tour wins, including five major championships.

Alcott's tally of majors included three wins in the Nabisco Dinah Shore (1983, 1988 and 1991). In 1988, she started the tournament's tradition of the winner making a celebratory leap into a greenside lake. After retiring from competitive tour golf, Alcott became involved in course design, and is a member of the team designing the 2016 Olympic course in Rio de Janeiro.

Top tournaments won by Amy Alcott

1991
Majors
273 (-15)
$90,000
Nabisco

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$90,000

Title sponsor

Nabisco

Played as the Nabisco Dinah Shore (20th) (March 28-31). Dottie Mochrie (USA, née Pepper) finished 8 shots behind Alcott (USA), who recorded the last of her three wins in this event, last of five major championship titles, and last of 29 LPGA Tour wins. [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].

1989
America
Ferncroft CC
272 (-16)
$52,500
Boston Five

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Ferncroft CC

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

$52,500

Title sponsor

Boston Five

Played as the Boston Five Classic. Second-placed Cathy Marino (USA) finished 3 shots behind Alcott (USA). [Ferncroft CC, Middleton, nr Boston, MA].

1988
Majors
274 (-14)
$80,000
Nabisco

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$80,000

Title sponsor

Nabisco

Played as the Nabisco Dinah Shore (17th) (Mar 31-Apr 3). Second-placed Colleen Walker (USA) finished 2 shots behind Alcott (USA). [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].

1986
America
Sweetwater CC
284 (-4)
$45,000
Mazda

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Sweetwater CC

Score

284 (-4)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

Mazda

Played as the Mazda Hall of Fame Championship. Alcott (USA) beat Lauren Howe (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Sweetwater CC, Sugar Land, nr Houston, Texas].

1986
America
193 (-20)
$250,000
Mazda

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Score

193 (-20)

Prize money

$250,000

Title sponsor

Mazda

Played as the Mazda Champions (Dec 18-21; unofficial 54-hole better-ball team event; teams comprised an LPGA Tr and Snr PGA Tr player). Winning team of Amy Alcott (USA) & Bob Charles (NZ) beat Ayako Akamoto (Jpn) & Jim Ferree (USA) and Jan Stephenson (Aus) & Billy Casper (USA) with a 10-foot birdie putt at the first playoff hole. [Tryall Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica].

1986
America
Lone Tree GC
283 (-5)
$45,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Lone Tree GC

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the LPGA National Pro-Am. Second-placed Christa "Chris" Johnson (USA) and defending champion Pat Bradley (USA) finished 1 shot behind Alcott (USA). [Lone Tree GC and Glenmoor GC, nr Denver, Colorado].

1985
America
279 (-9)
$26,250
Circle K

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$26,250

Title sponsor

Circle K

Played as the Circle K Tucson Open. Second-placed Betsy King (USA) finished 1 shot behind Alcott (USA). [North course, Randolph GC, Tucson, AZ].

1985
America
Moss Creek Plantn
284 (-4)
$30,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Moss Creek Plantn

Score

284 (-4)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Moss Creek Women's Invitational. Second-placed Kathy Postlewait (USA), Judy Inkster (USA), Nancy Lopez (USA) and Patty Sheehan (USA) finished 4 shots behind Alcott (USA). [Moss Creek Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC; now called Moss Creek GC].

1985
America
PineIsle Resort
274 (-14)
$65,000
Nestle

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

PineIsle Resort

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$65,000

Title sponsor

Nestle

Played as the Nestle World Championship of Women's Golf. Alcott (USA) beat Patty Sheehan (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [PineIsle Resort, Lake Lanier, Georgia; now called Legacy Course on Lake Lanier].

1984
America
Almaden G&CC
211 (-8)
$26,250
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Almaden G&CC

Score

211 (-8)

Prize money

$26,250

Title sponsor

x

Played as the San Jose Classic. Second-placed Pat Meyers (USA), Kathy Whitworth (USA), Beverly Klass (USA) and Betsy King (USA) finished 2 shots behind Alcott (USA). [Almaden G&CC, San Jose, California].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Score

208 (-8)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Lady Keystone Open. Second-placed Martha Nause (USA) and Juli Inkster (USA) finished 1 shot behind Alcott. [West course, Hershey CC, Hershey, PA].

1984
America
Sleepy Hole, VA
210 (-6)
$26,250
Utd Virginia Bank

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Sleepy Hole, VA

Score

210 (-6)

Prize money

$26,250

Title sponsor

Utd Virginia Bank

Played as the United Virginia Bank Golf Classic. Second-placed Cathy Marino (USA) finished 2 shots behind Alcott (USA). [Sleepy Hole GC, Suffolk, Virginia].

1984
America
Riverside, OR
212 (-4)
$22,500
PING

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Riverside, OR

Score

212 (-4)

Prize money

$22,500

Title sponsor

PING

Played as the Portland PING Championship. Second-placed Kathy Baker (USA) finished 1 shot behind Alcott (USA). [Riverside G&CC, Portland, Oregon].

1983
Majors
282 (-6)
$55,000
Nabisco

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Score

282 (-6)

Prize money

$55,000

Title sponsor

Nabisco

Played as the Nabisco Dinah Shore (12th) (Mar 31-Apr 3; first year designated a major championship). Second-placed Beth Daniel (USA) and Kathy Whitworth (USA) finished 2 shots behind Alcott (USA). [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].

1982
America
286 (-6)
$26,250
Kemper

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Score

286 (-6)

Prize money

$26,250

Title sponsor

Kemper

Played as the Women's Kemper Open. JoAnne Carner (USA) finished 1 shot behind Alcott (USA). [Royal Ka'anapali course, Ka'anapali Resort, Maui, Hawaii; at the time known as the North course].

1981
America
Bent Tree CC, FL
276 (-12)
$22,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Bent Tree CC, FL

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$22,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Bent Tree Ladies Classic. Second-placed and defending champion JoAnne Carner (USA) finished 1 shot behind Alcott (USA). [Bent Tree CC, nr Sarasota, Florida].

1981
America
Brookfield CC, GA
209 (-7)
$18,750
Michelob

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Brookfield CC, GA

Score

209 (-7)

Prize money

$18,750

Title sponsor

Michelob

Played as the Lady Michelob. Second-placed Sally Little (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Alcott (USA). [Brookfield CC, Roswell, Georgia; at the time Brookfield West G&CC].

1980
America
Almaden G&CC
280 (-12)
$22,500
Inamori

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Almaden G&CC

Score

280 (-12)

Prize money

$22,500

Title sponsor

Inamori

Played as the inaugural Inamori Golf Classic. Second-placed Patty Hayes (USA) and Beth Daniel (USA) finished 4 shots behind Alcott (USA). [Almaden G&CC, San Jose, CA].

1980
Majors
Richland CC
280 (-4)
$20,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Richland CC

Score

280 (-4)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Women's Open (35th) (July 10-13). Second-placed Hollis Stacy (USA) finished 9 shots behind Alcott (USA), who recorded her second major championship title. [Richland CC, Nashville, Tenn.].

1980
America
North Ridge CC
206 (-10)
$15,000
American Defender/WRAL

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

North Ridge CC

Score

206 (-10)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

American Defender/WRAL

Played as the American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic. Second-placed Donna Caponi (USA) finished 4 shots behind defending champion Alcott (USA). [North Ridge CC, Raleigh, North Carolina].

1980
America
Harbour Trees
275 (-13)
$22,500
Mayflower

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Harbour Trees

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$22,500

Title sponsor

Mayflower

Played as the Mayflower Classic. Second-placed JoAnne Carner (USA) and Sally Little (RSA) finished 3 shots behind Alcott (USA). [Harbour Trees GC, Noblesville, Indiana].

1980
Asia
224
Pioneer

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Score

224

Prize money

Title sponsor

Pioneer

Played as the Pioneer Cup (individual low score prize within the US-Japan team match). Alcott (USA) beat Sally Little (RSA) in a playoff for the low score prize.

1980
Awards
71.51
n/a
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Score

71.51

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Alcott (USA) won the Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.

1979
America
285 (-3)
$15,000
Elizabeth Arden

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Score

285 (-3)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

Elizabeth Arden

Played as the inaugural Elizabeth Arden Classic. Alcott (USA) beat Sandra Post (Can) with a 25-foot birdie putt at the third playoff hole. [Soffer course, Turberry Isle Resort, Aventura, FL; at the time called the South course].

1979
Majors
Richelieu Valley
285 (-7)
$22,500
Peter Jackson

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Richelieu Valley

Score

285 (-7)

Prize money

$22,500

Title sponsor

Peter Jackson

Played as the Peter Jackson Classic (7th) (first year designated a major championship). Second-placed Nancy Lopez (USA) finished 3 shots behind Alcott (USA). [Vallée du Richelieu GC, Sainte-Julie, nr Montreal, Québec].

1979
Asia
Hanayashiki GC
211 (-11)
US$18,750
Mizuno

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Hanayashiki GC

Score

211 (-11)

Prize money

US$18,750

Title sponsor

Mizuno

Played as the Mizuno Japan Classic (LPGA & Jpn LPGA Trs event). Sandra Post (Can) finished in second place behind Alcott (USA). [Hanayashiki GC, Miki, Hyogo, Japan].

1979
America
Elizabeth Manor
286
$15,000
Utd Virginia Bank

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Elizabeth Manor

Score

286

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

Utd Virginia Bank

Played as the inaugural United Virginia Bank Golf Classic. Second-placed Susie McAllister (USA) finished 1 shot behind Alcott (USA). [Elizabeth Manor G&CC, Portsmouth, Virginia].

1978
America
North Ridge CC
206 (-10)
$8,250
American Defender

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

North Ridge CC

Score

206 (-10)

Prize money

$8,250

Title sponsor

American Defender

Played as the American Defender Classic. Alcott (USA) beat Hollis Stacy (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [North Ridge CC, Raleigh, North Carolina].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Score

208

Prize money

$7,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Houston Exchange Clubs Classic. Carol Mann, Kathy Postlewait and Donna White finished in second place behind Alcott.

1976
Asia
211
$15,000
Colgate

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Score

211

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

Colgate

Played as the Colgate Far East Championship. Donna Caponi finished in second place behind Alcott.

1976
America
Forsgate CC
209 (-4)
$14,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Forsgate CC

Score

209 (-4)

Prize money

$14,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the '76 LPGA Classic. Second-placed Jane Blalock (USA) finished 1 shot behind Alcott (USA), who recorded her second LPGA Tour win. [Forsgate CC, Monroe Township, New Jersey].

1975
Awards
x
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Alcott (USA) won the LPGA Tour 1975 Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player.

1975
America
Pasadena GC
207 (-9)
$5,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Venue

Pasadena GC

Score

207 (-9)

Prize money

$5,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Orange Blossom Classic. Second-placed Sandra Post (Can) finished 1 shot behind first-time LPGA Tour winner Alcott (USA). [Pasadena GC, Gulfport, Florida; now called Pasadena Yatch & CC].

1973
Amateur
6 & 5
amateur
USGA

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Alcott, Amy

Score

6 & 5

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

USGA

Played as the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. Alcott (USA) beat Mary Lawrence (USA) by 1 hole in the final. [Somerset Hills CC, Bernardsville, nr Newark, New Jersey].

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