Who's who: Beverly Hanson

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Who's who: Beverly Hanson

  • Name:

    Beverly Hanson
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1924-2014]. Born on Dec 5, 1924 in Fargo, North Dakota. Died on April 12, 2014 in Twin Falls, Idaho (aged 89).
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1951

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (3): US LPGA Championship (1955); Western Open (1956); Titleholders Championship (1958). US Women's Amateur champion (1950). Curtis Cup player (1950). Total professional wins (19), including LPGA Tour wins (17). LPGA Tour leading money winner (1958).

Did you know?

Highly successful former LPGA Tour player, who announced her presence on the Tour by winning her very first event, the Eastern Open in 1951. She retired from the Tour in 1961.

Top tournaments won by Beverly Hanson

1960
America
Sunset G&CC, FL
287 (+3)
$1,247
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hanson, Beverly

Venue

Sunset G&CC, FL

Score

287 (+3)

Prize money

$1,247

Title sponsor

x

Played as the St Petersburg Open. Second-placed Mickey Wright (USA) finished 6 shots behind Hanson (USA), who recorded the last of her 17 LPGA Tour wins. [Sunset G&CC, St Petersburg, Florida; now called Vinoy GC].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hanson, Beverly

Venue

Score

146

Prize money

$475

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Golden Triangle Festival. Marilynn Smith, Mickey Wright and Wiffi Smith finished in second place behind Hanson.

1959
America
287
$1,247
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hanson, Beverly

Venue

Score

287

Prize money

$1,247

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Spokane Women's Open. Louise Suggs and Mickey Wright finished in second place behind Hanson.

1959
America
289
$1,247
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hanson, Beverly

Venue

Score

289

Prize money

$1,247

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Links Invitation Open. Louise Suggs finished in second place behind Hanson.

1959
America
297
$1,247
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hanson, Beverly

Venue

Score

297

Prize money

$1,247

Title sponsor

x

Played as the American Women's Open. Louise Suggs finished in second place behind Hanson.

1958
Majors
Augusta CC
299 (+11)
$1,000
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Hanson, Beverly

Venue

Augusta CC

Score

299 (+11)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Titleholders Championship (19th). Second-placed Betty Dodd (USA) finished 5 shots behind Hanson (USA). [Augusta CC, Augusta, GA].

1958
America
212
$831
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hanson, Beverly

Venue

Score

212

Prize money

$831

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Lawton Open. Marlene Hagge finished in second place behind Hanson.

1958
Awards
74.92
n/a
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Hanson, Beverly

Venue

Score

74.92

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

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

1958
Awards
$12,639
see Score
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Hanson, Beverly

Venue

Score

$12,639

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Hanson (USA) won the LPGA Tour 1958 Money List, with earnings of $12,639 on the Tour. Marlene Hagge (USA) was second on the money list.

1957
America
295
$1,350
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hanson, Beverly

Venue

Score

295

Prize money

$1,350

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Smokey Open. Mickey Wright, Jackie Pung, Betty Jameson and Vonnie Colby finished in second place behind Hanson.

1957
America
Asheville CC
286 (-10)
$1,316
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hanson, Beverly

Venue

Asheville CC

Score

286 (-10)

Prize money

$1,316

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Land of the Sky Open. Second-placed Wiffi Smith (USA) finished 1 shot behind Hanson (USA), who recorded her second straight LPGA Tour win. [CC of Asheville, Asheville, North Carolina].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hanson, Beverly

Venue

Score

276

Prize money

$725

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Hot Springs Four-Ball. Winning Team : Beverly Hanson & Kathy Cornelius. Second-placed team : Marlene Bauer (Hagge) & Mickey Wright.

1956
Majors
Wakonda Club
304 (E)
$1,000
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Hanson, Beverly

Venue

Wakonda Club

Score

304 (E)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

x

The Women's Western Open (27th). Second-placed Louise Suggs (USA) finished 4 shots behind Hanson (USA). [Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa].

1955
America
220
$1,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hanson, Beverly

Venue

Score

220

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Battle Creek Open. Second-placed Jackie Pung finished 1 shot behind Hanson.

1955
Majors
Orchard Ridge
220 (-5)
$1,200
LPGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Hanson, Beverly

Venue

Orchard Ridge

Score

220 (-5)

Prize money

$1,200

Title sponsor

LPGA

The inaugural LPGA Championship (July 14-17; 54 holes of stroke-play, then a 36-hole match play final between the two lowest scorers). Hanson (USA) (220) beat Louise Suggs (USA) (223) by 4 and 3 in the final. [Orchard Ridge CC, Fort Wayne, Indiana].

1954
America
295
$1,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hanson, Beverly

Venue

Score

295

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Wichita Open. Second-placed Jackie Pung and Betsy Rawls finished 7 shots behind Hanson.

1954
America
Sunset G&CC, FL
216 (-6)
$875
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hanson, Beverly

Venue

Sunset G&CC, FL

Score

216 (-6)

Prize money

$875

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural St Petersburg Open. Hanson (USA) beat Babe Zaharias (USA) with a birdie at the third playoff hole. [Sunset G&CC, St Petersburg, Florida; now called Vinoy GC].

1953
America
148
Weathervane

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hanson, Beverly

Venue

Score

148

Prize money

Title sponsor

Weathervane

Played as the Boca Raton Weathervane. Second-placed Betty Jameson (USA) and Babe Zaharias (USA) finished 1 shot behind Hanson.

1951
America
Berkshire CC, PA
215 (-1)
$1,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hanson, Beverly

Venue

Berkshire CC, PA

Score

215 (-1)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Eastern Women's Open (Jun 29-Jul 1). Second-placed Babe Zaharias (USA) finished 3 shots behind Hanson (USA), who was playing in her first ever professional tournament. A debutant win by an LPGA Tour member was not repeated until Ko Jin-young accomplished the same feat in 2018. [Berkshire CC, Reading, Pennsylvania].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hanson, Beverly

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Women's Texas Open. Patty Berg finished in second place behind Hanson.

1950
Amateur
6 & 4
amateur
USGA

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Hanson, Beverly

Score

6 & 4

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Women's Amateur Championship (50th). Hanson (USA) beat Mae Murray (USA) 6 and 4 in the final. [East Lake GC, Atlanta, GA; at the time known as the East Lake course of Atlanta Athletic Club].

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