Who's who: Jenny Lee Smith

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Who's who: Jenny Lee Smith

  • Name:

    Jennifer Constance "Jenny" Lee Smith
  • Country:

    England
  • Born:

    Dec 2, 1948 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1977

Roll of Honour

Women's British Open winner (1976; as an amateur, and before it was a major). Total professional (GB&I) Women's PGA Tour wins (12). WPGA Tour Order of Merit winner (1981, '82).

Did you know?

Lee Smith turned professional in 1977, just ahead of the establishment of the Women's Professional Golf Association Tour in 1978 (this British and Irish professional tour eventually transformed into the Ladies European Tour). Lee Smith joined the tour for its first year in 1979, finishing eighth on the money list that year. In 1980 she improved her position to third, and then won the Order of Merit in 1981 and 1982.

Top tournaments won by Jenny Lee Smith

1984
Europe
294 (+6)
£1,500
Olivetti

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Smith, Jenny Lee

Score

294 (+6)

Prize money

£1,500

Title sponsor

Olivetti

Played as the British Olivetti Tournament (June 6-8). Second-placed Rae Hast (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Smith (Eng). [Old Thorns GC, Liphook, Hants, England].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Smith, Jenny Lee

Score

305 (+9)

Prize money

£3,000

Title sponsor

Ford

Played as the inaugural Ford Ladies Classic (May 6-9). Second-placed Dale Reid (Scot) finished 4 shots behind Smith (Eng). [Duchess course, Woburn GC, nr Milton Keynes, Bucks].

1982
Awards
£12,551
see Score
WPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Smith, Jenny Lee

Venue

Score

£12,551

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

WPGA Tr

Smith (Eng) won her second straight WPGA Tour Order of Merit, with 1982 season earnings of £12,551 on the Tour. Rose Jones was second with £7,016.

1981
Awards
£13,518
see Score
WPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Smith, Jenny Lee

Venue

Score

£13,518

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

WPGA Tr

Smith (Eng) won the WPGA Tour 1981 Order of Merit, with earnings of £13,518 on the Tour.

1981
Europe
Dyrham Park CC
72 (-1)
£600
Sports Space

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Smith, Jenny Lee

Venue

Dyrham Park CC

Score

72 (-1)

Prize money

£600

Title sponsor

Sports Space

Played as the Sports Space Championship (May 11; 18-hole event). Second-placed Christine Langford (Eng) and Cathy Panton (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Smith (Eng). [Dyrham Park CC, Barnet, Herts, England].

1981
Europe
216 (E)
£1,500
McEwans

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Smith, Jenny Lee

Score

216 (E)

Prize money

£1,500

Title sponsor

McEwans

Played as the McEwans Lager Welsh Classic (July 2-4; 54-hole event). Second-placed Muriel Thomson (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Smith (Eng). Thomson did her best to close a three shot deficit in the final round; her efforts included a hole-in-one at the 160-yard par-3 first, and later an eagle two at the par-4 ninth. [Whitchurch GC, nr Cardiff, Wales].

1981
Europe
3 & 2
£3,000
Lambert & Butler

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Smith, Jenny Lee

Score

3 & 2

Prize money

£3,000

Title sponsor

Lambert & Butler

Played as the Lambert & Butler Matchplay Championship (Oct 15-17; next played in 1984). Smith (Eng) beat Beverly Lewis (Eng) 3 and 2 in the 18-hole final. [Combination of High & West courses, Moor Park GC, Rickmansworth, Herts].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Smith, Jenny Lee

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

Robt Winson

Played as the inaugural Robert Winsor WPGA Championship (Aug 20-23). Won by Smith (Eng). [Finchley GC, North London, England].

1980
Europe
Albatross GK, Sweden
Volvo

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Smith, Jenny Lee

Venue

Albatross GK, Sweden

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

Volvo

Played as the inaugural Volvo Invitational Tournament. Won by Smith (Eng). [Albatross GK, nr Gothenburg, Sweden].

1980
Europe
Mere
Manchester EN

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Smith, Jenny Lee

Venue

Mere

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

Manchester EN

Played as the Manchester Evening News Pro-Am Classic. Won by Smith (Eng). [The Mere Resort, Mere, Knutsford, Cheshire].

1980
Europe
Shifnal GC
142
£250
Carlsberg

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Smith, Jenny Lee

Venue

Shifnal GC

Score

142

Prize money

£250

Title sponsor

Carlsberg

Played as the Carlsberg European Women's Championship (Aug 7/8; eighth of ten Carlsberg-sponsored WPGA Tr events played over 36-holes at different British venues in 1980). Second-placed Michelle "Mickey" Walker (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Smith (Eng). [Shifnal GC, nr Telford, Shropshire, England].

1979
Europe
Arcot Hall GC
140 (-2)
£200
Carlsberg

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Smith, Jenny Lee

Venue

Arcot Hall GC

Score

140 (-2)

Prize money

£200

Title sponsor

Carlsberg

Played as the Carlsberg WPGA Tournament (July 12/13; last of 12 Carlsberg-sponsored WPGA Tr events played over 36-holes at different British venues in 1979). Second-placed Muriel Thomson (Scot) finished 3 shots behind Smith (Eng), who recorded her first win as a professional. [Arcot Hall GC, Dudley, nr Newcastle upon Tyne, England].

1976
Europe
299 (-5)
amateur
LGU

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Smith, Jenny Lee

Venue

Fulford

Score

299 (-5)

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

LGU

The inaugural British Women's Open (Sept 1-3; formerly the British Ladies' Amateur Stroke Play Ch'ship; from 1976 open to amateurs and professionals). Second-placed Mary McKenna (Ire, amateur) finished 2 shots behind 27-year-old Smith (Eng, amateur). [Fulford GC, York, North Yorkshire].

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