Jenny Lee Smith
Name:Jennifer Constance "Jenny" Lee Smith
Born:Dec 2, 1948 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
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).
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.
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].
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].
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.
Smith (Eng) won the WPGA Tour 1981 Order of Merit, with earnings of £13,518 on the Tour.
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].
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].
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].
Played as the inaugural Robert Winsor WPGA Championship (Aug 20-23). Won by Smith (Eng). [Finchley GC, North London, England].
Played as the inaugural Volvo Invitational Tournament. Won by Smith (Eng). [Albatross GK, nr Gothenburg, Sweden].
Played as the Manchester Evening News Pro-Am Classic. Won by Smith (Eng). [The Mere Resort, Mere, Knutsford, Cheshire].
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].
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].
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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