Name:Hisako "Chako" Higuchi
Born:Oct 13, 1945 in Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan.
Occupation:Professional golfer; President of LPGA of Japan.
MAJORS (1): US LPGA Championship (1977). Total professional wins (73), including LPGA of Japan (69), LPGA Tour (2) and ALPG Tour (1). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2003).
Higuchi, together with fellow World Golf Hall of Famer Ayako Okamoto, dominated Japanese women's golf in the 1970s and 1980s. She also had success on the LPGA Tour, including a major championship win in the LPGA Championship in 1977.
Played as the Sports Nippon Team Match (Nov 4-6; individual low score prize within the US-Japan team match). Sandra Haynie (USA) and Pat Bradley (USA) finished in second place behind Higuchi (Jpn). [Edosaki CC, Inashiki, Ibaraki, Japan].
Played as the Pioneer Cup (Oct 30-Nov 1; individual low score prize within the US-Japan team match). Higuchi (Jpn) beat Michiko Okata (Jpn) in a playoff for the low score prize. [Genjiyama GC, Ichihara, Chiba, Japan].
Played as the Pioneer Cup. Michiko Okada finished in second place behind Higuchi.
The LPGA Championship (23rd) (June 9-12). Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA), Sandra Post (Can) and Judy Rankin (USA) finished 3 shots behind Higuchi (Jpn), who recorded her first and only major championship win. [Bay Tree Plantation, Little River, SC. All three courses here closed in 2006].
Played as the Colgate European Women's Open (Aug 4-7; LPGA Tr event). Second-placed Kathy Whitworth (USA) and Sandra Palmer (USA) finished 6 shots behind Hisako "Chako" Higuchi (Jpn). [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].
Played as the LPGA Japan Classic (LPGA Tr unofficial money event). Sayoko Matsui (Jpn) finished in second place behind Hisako "Chako" Higuchi (Jpn), who was runner-up the previous year. [Horyuji CC, Ikoma, Nara, Japan].
Played as the inaugural Wills Australian Ladies Open. Second-placed Penny Pulz (Aus) finished 3 shots behind Higuchi (Jpn). [Victoria GC, Melbourne, Aus].
Women’s major championships: the month of June sees two women’s majors: the US Women’s Open (June 3-6), with A Lim Kim defending, and the Women’s PGA Championship (June 24-27), with Sei Young Kim defending.
Senior PGA Championship: the revered Southern Hills in Oklahoma hosts the 81st staging of this event (May 27-30); Ken Tanigawa holds the title from its last playing in 2019.
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