Name:Catherine Rita Panton-Lewis
Born:June 14, 1955 in Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire, Scotland.
British Ladies Amateur champion (1976). Multiple wins on the Ladies European Tour (14). Ladies European Tour Order of Merit winner (1979).
The daughter of a famous golfing father (John Panton, MBE), Panton-Lewis was a founding member of the Ladies European Tour, which was established in 1978 as the Women's Professional Golf Association (WPGA). 1979 saw the launch of the WPGA Tour, in which Panton-Lewis won twice, finishing the season top of the Tour's first Order of Merit.
Played as the Bowring Ladies Scottish Open (next played in 1994). Second-placed Debbie Dowling (Eng), Maureen Garner (N.Ire; née Madill) and Alison Nicholas (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Panton (Scot), who recorded the last of her 14 Ladies European Tour wins. [Cawder course, Cawder GC, Bishopbriggs, nr Glasgow].
Played as the Portuguese Ladies Open. Second-placed Alison Nicholas (Eng) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Panton (Scot). [Vale do Lobo GC, Almancil, nr Faro, Algarve, Portugal].
Played as the Portuguese Ladies Open. Panton (Scot) beat Kelly Leadbetter (USA) and Gillian Stewart (Scot) in a playoff. [Pinhal course, Vilamoura GC, Algarve, Portugal; at the time known as Vilamoura II].
Played as the Delsjo WPGA Open (Aug 15-17). Second-placed Kelly Leadbetter (USA) and Maria Wennersten (Swe) finished 1 shot behind Panton (Scot). [Delsjö GK, Gothenburg, Sweden].
Played as the McEwans Lager Women's Classic (June 12-15). Penny Grice (Eng) and Laura Davies (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Panton (Scot). [Caldy GC, Caldy, Wirral, England].
Played as the Dunham Forest Pro-Am (Sept 10/11). Won by Panton (Scot). [Dunham Forest G&CC, Altrincham, nr Manchester, England].
Played as the UBM Northern Classic (June 16-18). Second-placed Jane Forrest (Eng) finished 5 shots behind Panton (Scot). [Arcot Hall GC, Dudley, nr Newcastle upon Tyne, England].
Played as the Smirnoff Irish Women's Open (May 19-21). Panton (Scot) beat Beverly Lewis (Eng), Muriel Thomson (Scot) and Susan Moon (USA) at the first playoff hole. [Portstewart GC, Portstewart, nr Coleraine, N.Ireland].
Played as the Moben Kitchens Classic (Sept 10-12). Second-placed Jenny Lee Smith (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Panton (Scot). [The Mere Resort, Mere, Knutsford, Cheshire].
Played as the Carlsberg WPGA Tournament (June 17-19; third of four Carlsberg-sponsored WPGA Tr events played over 54-holes at different British venues in 1981). Second-placed Jenny Lee Smith (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Panton (Scot). [Moortown GC, nr Leeds, W Yorks, England].
Played as the Carlsberg WPGA Tournament (May 20-22; second of four Carlsberg-sponsored WPGA Tr events played over 54-holes at different British venues in 1981). Second-placed Christine Langford (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Panton (Scot). [Queen's Park GC, Bournemouth, Dorset, England].
Played as the Elizabeth Ann Classic (July 29-Aug 1). Second-placed Jenny Lee Smith (Eng) finished 5 shots behind Panton (Scot). [Pannal GC, Pannal, nr Harrogate, N Yorks].
Panton (Scot) won the inaugural WPGA Tour Order of Merit, with 1979 season earnings of £4,965 on the Tour.
Played as the Carlsberg WPGA Tournament (May 3/4; second of 12 Carlsberg-sponsored WPGA Tr events played over 36-holes at different British venues in 1979). Christine Langford (Eng) and Karstin Ehrnlund (Swe) finished 1 shot behind 23-year-old Panton (Scot). [Willingdon GC, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England].
Played as the inaugural State Express Women's Professional Championship (Sept 21/22; 36-hole event). Panton (Scot) beat Amanda "Mandy" Middleton (Eng) in a playoff. [Royal Portrush GC, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland].
The Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship (73rd). Panton (Scot) beat Alison Sheard (RSA) by 1 hole in the final. [Silloth on Solway GC, Silloth, Cumbria].
2021 Opens: whether by accident or design, four of the top five mens’ Open Championships played in the British Isles occupy consecutive weeks in July: the Irish Open (1-4), Scottish Open (8-11), The Open (15-18) and Wales Open (22-25). The recently relaunched English Open is scheduled for early-August.
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