Who's who: Nancy Lopez

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Who's who: Nancy Lopez

  • Name:

    Nancy Marie Lopez
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    Jan 6, 1957 in Torrance, nr Los Angeles, California.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer; founder of Nancy Lopez Golf (makers of women's golf clubs, apparel and accessories); TV commentator & analyst.
  • Turned Pro:

    1977
  • Website:

    https://www.nancylopezgolf.com

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (3): US LPGA Ch'ship (1978, '85, '89). Curtis Cup player (1976). Solheim Cup player (1990). Solheim Cup captain (2005). Total professional wins (52), including LPGA Tour (48). LPGA leading money winner (1978, '79, '85). Old Tom Morris Award (2000, GCSAA). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1989).

Did you know?

Lopez' tremendous talent for golf showed early. She won the New Mexico Women's Amateur aged 12, and the US Girls' Junior aged 15 and 17. As an 18-year old amateur, she came second in the US Women's Open in 1975. She left the University of Tulsa after her second year, turning professional in 1977.

In 1978, her first full season on the LPGA Tour, Lopez won nine times, and was showered with honours including the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year and Leading Money Winner. 1979 was another hugely succesful year. Although one of the greats of the LPGA Tour from the late '70s to early '90s, Lopez won only three major championships, and did not win the U.S. Women's Open (although she finished second four times).

Lopez retired from regular tournament play in 2002. An attempted comeback in 2007 and 2008 was largely unsuccessful. Her company, Nancy Lopez Golf, makes a full line of women's clubs, apparel and accessories. She has occasionally worked in golf television commentary.

Top tournaments won by Nancy Lopez

1997
America
Eagle's Landing CC
137 (-7)
$82,500
Chick-fil-A

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Eagle's Landing CC

Score

137 (-7)

Prize money

$82,500

Title sponsor

Chick-fil-A

Played as the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship (April 25-27). Second-placed Tina Barrett (USA), Deb Richard (USA) and Karrie Webb (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Lopez (USA), who recorded the last of her 48 LPGA Tour wins. Reduced to 36 holes due to bad weather. [Eagle's Landing CC, Stockbridge, nr Atlanta, GA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Score

203 (-13)

Prize money

$82,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Youngstown-Warren LPGA Classic. Lopez (USA) beat Deb Richard (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Avalon Lakes course, Avalon G&CC, Warren, Ohio; at the time known as Avalon Lakes CC].

1992
America
Rail GC
199 (-17)
$67,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Rail GC

Score

199 (-17)

Prize money

$67,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Rail Charity Golf Classic. Lopez (USA) beat Laura Davies (Eng) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Rail GC, Springfield, Illinois].

1992
America
209 (-7)
$67,500
PING-Cellular One

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Score

209 (-7)

Prize money

$67,500

Title sponsor

PING-Cellular One

Played as the PING-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship (Sept 11-13). Nancy Lopez (USA) beat Jane Crafter (Aus/USA) with a par at the second playoff hole, to win this event for the third time. [Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, Oregon].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Score

206 (-10)

Prize money

$63,750

Title sponsor

Sara Lee

Played as the Sara Lee Classic. Second-placed Kris Monaghan (USA) finished 2 shots behind Lopez (USA). [General's Retreat course, Hermitage GC, Old Hickory, Nashville, TN].

1990
America
Los Coyotes CC
281 (-7)
$48,750
MBS

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Los Coyotes CC

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$48,750

Title sponsor

MBS

Played as the MBS LPGA Classic. Defending champion Lopez (USA) beat Cathy Gerring (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Los Coyotes CC, Buena Park, nr Los Angeles, CA].

1989
Majors
Kings Island
274 (-14)
$75,000
Mazda

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Kings Island

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$75,000

Title sponsor

Mazda

The Mazda LPGA Championship (35th) (May 18-31). Second-placed Ayako Okamoto (Jpn) finished 3 shots behind Lopez (USA). Lopez recorded the last of her three major championship wins, all of which came in the LPGA Championship at Kings Island. [Grizzly course, The Golf Center at Kings Island, Mason, OH].

1989
America
Greate Bay CC
206 (-4)
$33,750
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Greate Bay CC

Score

206 (-4)

Prize money

$33,750

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Atlantic City Classic (June 28-30). Second-placed Vicki Fergon (USA) and Christa Johnson (USA) finished 1 shot behind Nancy Lopez (USA). [Greate Bay CC, Somers Point, NJ; at the time known as Sands CC].

1989
America
Los Coyotes CC
277 (-11)
$45,000
Nippon Travel

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Los Coyotes CC

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

Nippon Travel

Played as the inaugural Nippon Travel MBS Classic. Second-placed Alice Ritzman (USA) and Pamela Wright (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Los Coyotes CC, Buena Park, nr Los Angeles, CA].

1988
Awards
49 pts
n/a
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Score

49 pts

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Lopez (USA) won her fourth LPGA Tour Player of the Year Award, based on a points system for top 10 finishes and performance in Majors.

1988
America
210 (-6)
$60,000
AI Star/Centinela Hosp.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Score

210 (-6)

Prize money

$60,000

Title sponsor

AI Star/Centinela Hosp.

Played as the AI Star/Centinela Hospital Classic. Lopez (USA) beat Marta Figueras-Dotti (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole. [Rancho Park GC, Los Angeles, CA].

1988
America
Navesink CC
204 (-12)
$37,500
Chrysler

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Navesink CC

Score

204 (-12)

Prize money

$37,500

Title sponsor

Chrysler

Played as the Chrysler-Plymouth Classic. Second-placed Jan Stephenson (Aus) finished 8 shots behind Lopez (USA), who closed with a six-under-par 66. [Navesink CC, Middletown, New Jersey].

1988
America
Stonebridge, FL
283 (-5)
$30,000
Mazda

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Stonebridge, FL

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

Mazda

Played as the Mazda Classic. Second-placed Marta Figueras-Dotti (Esp) finished 2 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Stonebridge CC, Boca Raton, Florida].

1987
America
191 (-22)
$250,000
Mazda

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Score

191 (-22)

Prize money

$250,000

Title sponsor

Mazda

Played as the Mazda Champions (Dec 18-20; unofficial 54-hole better-ball team event; teams comprised an LPGA Tr and Snr PGA Tr player). Second-placed team of Colleen Walker (USA) & Arnold Palmer (USA) finished 3 shots behind Nancy Lopez (USA) & Miller Barber (USA). [Tryall Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica].

1987
America
Bent Tree CC, FL
281 (-7)
$30,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Bent Tree CC, FL

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Sarasota Classic. Second-placed Anne-Marie Palli (Fra) and Kathy Baker (USA; became Kathy Guadagnino later in 1987) finished 3 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Bent Tree CC, nr Sarasota, Florida].

1987
America
210 (-6)
$33,750
Cellular One-PING

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Score

210 (-6)

Prize money

$33,750

Title sponsor

Cellular One-PING

Played as the Cellular One-Ping LPGA Golf Championship (Sept 11-13). Second-placed Kelly Leadbetter (USA), Muffin Spencer-Devlin (USA) and Jan Stephenson (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Nancy Lopez (USA), who won the event for the second time in three years. [Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, Oregon].

1985
Majors
Kings Island
273 (-15)
$37,500
LPGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Kings Island

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$37,500

Title sponsor

LPGA

The LPGA Championship (31st) (May 30-Jun 2). Second-placed Alice Miller (USA) finished 8 shots behind wire-to-wire winner Lopez (USA), who claimed her second LPGA Championship title. [Grizzly course, The Golf Center at Kings Island, Mason, OH].

1985
America
Fairmont CC, NJ
210 (-9)
$26,250
Chrysler

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Fairmont CC, NJ

Score

210 (-9)

Prize money

$26,250

Title sponsor

Chrysler

Played as the Chrysler-Plymouth Classic. Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA) finished 3 shots behind Lopez (USA), who recorded her 30th LPGA Tour win. [Fairmont CC, Chatham Township, New Jersey].

1985
America
Willow Creek, NC
268 (-20)
$31,500
Henredon

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Willow Creek, NC

Score

268 (-20)

Prize money

$31,500

Title sponsor

Henredon

Played as the Henredon Classic. Second-placed Val Skinner (USA) finished 10 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Willow Creek CC, High Point, North Carolina; now known as the Willow Creek course of High Point CC].

1985
Awards
70.73
n/a
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Score

70.73

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

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

1985
Awards
85 pts
n/a
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Score

85 pts

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Lopez (USA) won her third LPGA Tour Player of the Year Award, based on a points system for top 10 finishes and performance in Majors.

1985
America
Riverside, OR
215 (-1)
$26,250
PING

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Riverside, OR

Score

215 (-1)

Prize money

$26,250

Title sponsor

PING

Played as the Portland PING Championship (Sept 6-8). Nancy Lopez (USA) beat Lori Garbacz (USA) with a birdie at the third playoff hole. [Riverside G&CC, Portland, Oregon].

1985
Awards
$416,472
see Score
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Score

$416,472

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Lopez (USA) won her third LPGA Tour Money List, with 1985 season earnings of $416,472 on the Tour. Pat Bradley (USA) was second with $387,377; Alice Miller (USA) was third with $334,525.

1985
America
Sweetwater CC
281 (-7)
$45,000
Mazda

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Sweetwater CC

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

Mazda

Played as the Mazda Hall of Fame Championship. Second-placed Allison Finney (USA) and JoAnne Carner (USA) finished 3 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Sweetwater CC, Sugar Land, nr Houston, Texas].

1984
America
Shaker Heights
281 (-7)
$65,000
Chevrolet

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Shaker Heights

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$65,000

Title sponsor

Chevrolet

Played as the Chevrolet World Championship of Women's Golf. Second-placed and defending champion JoAnne Carner (USA) finished 1 shot behind Lopez (USA). [Shaker Heights CC, nr Cleveland, Ohio].

1984
America
Mesa Verde CC
284 (E)
$45,000
Uniden

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Mesa Verde CC

Score

284 (E)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

Uniden

Played as the inaugural Uniden LPGA Invitational (March 1-4). Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA) finished 3 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Mesa Verde CC, Costa Mesa, nr Newport Beach, CA].

1983
America
283 (-5)
$30,000
J&B Whisky

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

J&B Whisky

Played as the J&B Scotch Pro-Am. Second-placed Laura Baugh Cole (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Lopez (USA). [Wynn Las Vegas, Nevada; at the time known as Desert Inn CC. Earlier rounds also at Las Vegas CC].

1983
America
285 (-3)
$22,500
Elizabeth Arden

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Score

285 (-3)

Prize money

$22,500

Title sponsor

Elizabeth Arden

Played as the Elizabeth Arden Classic. Second-placed Betsy King (USA), Stephanie Farwig (USA), Pat Bradley (USA) and defending champion JoAnne Carner (USA) finished 1 shot behind Lopez (USA). [Soffer course, Turberry Isle Resort, Aventura, FL; at the time called the South course].

1982
Asia
Meishin Yokaichi CC
207 (-9)
US$30,000
Mazda

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Meishin Yokaichi CC

Score

207 (-9)

Prize money

US$30,000

Title sponsor

Mazda

Played as the Mazda Japan Classic (LPGA & Jpn LPGA Trs event). Amy Alcott (USA) finished 6 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Meishen Yokaichi CC, Yokaichi, Shiga, Jpn].

1982
America
279 (-10)
$30,000
J&B Whisky

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Score

279 (-10)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

J&B Whisky

Played as the J&B Scotch Pro-Am. Second-placed Sandra Haynie (USA) finished 5 shots behind Lopez (USA; at the time Lopez-Melton). [Wynn Las Vegas, Nevada; at the time known as Desert Inn CC. Earlier rounds also at Las Vegas CC].

1981
America
Locust Hill CC
285 (-7)
$18,750
Sarah Coventry

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Locust Hill CC

Score

285 (-7)

Prize money

$18,750

Title sponsor

Sarah Coventry

Played as the Sarah Coventry Classic. Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Lopez (USA). [Locust Hill CC, Pittsford, Rochester, NY].

1981
America
277 (-11)
$37,500
Colgate

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$37,500

Title sponsor

Colgate

Played as the Colgate Dinah Shore (10th) (April 2-5). Second-placed Carolyn Hill (USA) finished 2 shots behind Nancy Lopez (USA). [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Score

278 (-14)

Prize money

$18,750

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Arizona Copper Classic. Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA) finished 4 shots behind Lopez (USA). [North course, Randolph GC, Tucson, AZ].

1980
America
Rail GC
275 (-13)
$18,750
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Rail GC

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$18,750

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Rail Charity Golf Classic. Second-placed JoAnne Carner (USA) finished 1 shot behind Lopez (USA), who recorded her 20th LPGA Tour win. [Rail GC, Springfield, Illinois].

1980
America
Mesa Verde CC
284 (E)
$22,500
Kemper

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Mesa Verde CC

Score

284 (E)

Prize money

$22,500

Title sponsor

Kemper

Played as the Women's Kemper Open. Jo Ann Washam (USA) and Debbie Massey (USA) finished 2 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Mesa Verde CC, Costa Mesa, nr Newport Beach, CA].

1980
America
268 (-20)
$36,000
JCPenney

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Score

268 (-20)

Prize money

$36,000

Title sponsor

JCPenney

Played as the JCPenney Mixed Team Classic (Dec 11-14; two-person team event; one PGA Tr, one LPGA Tr). Second-placed team of Craig Stadler (USA) & Lori Garbacz (USA) and Gibby Gilbert (USA) & Sandra Spuzich (USA) finished 2 shots behind Curtis Strange (USA) & Nancy Lopez (USA). [Bardmoor CC, Largo, FL].

1980
America
Locust Hill CC
283 (-9)
$18,750
Sarah Coventry

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Locust Hill CC

Score

283 (-9)

Prize money

$18,750

Title sponsor

Sarah Coventry

Played as the Sarah Coventry Classic. Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA) finished 1 shot behind Lopez (USA). [Locust Hill CC, Pittsford, Rochester, NY].

1979
America
Moss Creek Plantn
282 (-6)
$12,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Moss Creek Plantn

Score

282 (-6)

Prize money

$12,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Women's International. Second-placed Donna White (USA) finished 3 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Moss Creek Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC; now called Moss Creek GC].

1979
America
280
$15,000
Golden Lights

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Score

280

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

Golden Lights

Played as the Golden Lights Championship. Pat Bradley finished in second place behind Lopez.

1979
America
Sahara CC
274 (-16)
$15,000
Sahara

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Sahara CC

Score

274 (-16)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

Sahara

Played as the Sahara National Pro-Am. Second-placed Donna Caponi Young (USA) finished 2 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Sahara CC, Las Vegas, Nevada; now called Las Vegas National GC. Earlier rounds also at Las Vegas CC].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Score

212 (-4)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Lady Keystone Open. Second-placed Sally Little (RSA) and Kathy Whitworth (USA) finished 2 shots behind Lopez (USA). [West course, Hershey CC, Hershey, PA].

1979
America
Upper Montclair CC
216 (-3)
$15,000
Coca-Cola

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Upper Montclair CC

Score

216 (-3)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

Coca-Cola

Played as the Coca-Cola Classic. Defending champion Lopez (USA) beat Mickey Wright (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. Jo Ann Washam (USA), Hollis Stacy (USA) and Bonnie Bryant (USA) were eliminated at the first playoff hole. [Upper Montclair CC, Clifton, New Jersey].

1979
America
198 (-21)
$20,000
PING

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Score

198 (-21)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

PING

Played as the Portland PING Team Championship (unofficial LPGA Tr team event). Second-placed Susie Berning (USA) & Carole Jo Skala (USA) finished 1 shot behind Nancy Lopez (USA) & Jo Ann Washam (USA). [Portland GC, Portland, Oregon].

1979
America
280 (-8)
$15,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Sunstar Classic (March 8-11). Second-placed Hollis Stacy (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Lopez (USA). [Rancho Park GC, Los Angeles, CA].

1979
Awards
71.20
n/a
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Score

71.20

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Lopez (USA) won her second straight Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.

1979
Awards
$197,489
see Score
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Score

$197,489

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Lopez (USA) won her second straight LPGA Tour Money List, with 1979 season earnings of $197,489 on the Tour. Sandra Post (USA) was second on the money list.

1979
Awards
88 pts
n/a
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Score

88 pts

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Lopez (USA) won her second straight LPGA Tour Player of the Year Award, based on a points system for top 10 finishes and performance in Majors.

1979
Europe
282 (-14)
US$15,000
Colgate

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Score

282 (-14)

Prize money

US$15,000

Title sponsor

Colgate

Played as the Colgate European Women's Open (Aug 2-5; LPGA Tr event). Second-placed Joyce Kazmierski (USA) finished four shots behind defending champion Nancy Lopez (USA). [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].

1979
America
Bent Tree CC, TX
274 (-14)
$19,500
Mary Kay

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Bent Tree CC, TX

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$19,500

Title sponsor

Mary Kay

Played as the Mary Kay Classic. Second-placed Sandra Post (Can) finished 2 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Bent Tree CC, Dallas, Texas].

1978
America
Bent Tree CC, FL
289 (+1)
$15,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Bent Tree CC, FL

Score

289 (+1)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Bent Tree Ladies Classic. Second-placed Jo Ann Washam (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time LPGA Tour winner Lopez (USA), who went on to record another eight LPGA Tour wins in 1978. [Bent Tree CC, nr Sarasota, Florida].

1978
Awards
92 pts
n/a
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Score

92 pts

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Lopez (USA) won the LPGA Tour Player of the Year Award, based on a points system for top 10 finishes and performance in Majors.

1978
Awards
71.76
n/a
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Score

71.76

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

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

1978
America
Pine Ridge, MD
212 (-7)
$9,750
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Pine Ridge, MD

Score

212 (-7)

Prize money

$9,750

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Baltimore Classic. Second-placed Donna Caponi (USA) finished 3 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Pine Ridge GC, Baltimore, Maryland].

1978
Awards
x
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Lopez (USA) won the LPGA Tour 1978 Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player.

1978
Awards
$189,813
see Score
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Score

$189,813

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Lopez (USA) won the LPGA Tour 1978 Money List, with earnings of $189,813 on the Tour. Pat Bradley (USA) was second on the money list.

1978
Majors
Kings Island
275 (-13)
$22,500
LPGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Kings Island

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$22,500

Title sponsor

LPGA

The LPGA Championship (24th) (June 8-11). Second-placed Amy Alcott (USA) finished 6 shots behind 21-year-old LPGA Tour rookie Lopez (USA). [Grizzly course, The Golf Center at Kings Island, Mason, OH].

1978
America
Forsgate CC
210 (-3)
$15,000
Coca-Cola

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Forsgate CC

Score

210 (-3)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

Coca-Cola

Played as the Coca-Cola Classic. Lopez (USA) beat JoAnne Carner (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Forsgate CC, Monroe Township, New Jersey].

1978
Europe
289 (-7)
US$15,000
Colgate

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Score

289 (-7)

Prize money

US$15,000

Title sponsor

Colgate

Played as the Colgate European Women's Open (Aug 3-6; LPGA Tr event). Mary Dwyer (USA), JoAnne Carner (USA) and Sally Little (RSA) finished in second place behind Nancy Lopez (USA), who recorded her eighth win of the year. [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].

1978
America
Locust Hill CC
214 (-5)
$11,250
Bankers Trust

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Locust Hill CC

Score

214 (-5)

Prize money

$11,250

Title sponsor

Bankers Trust

Played as the Bankers Trust Classic. Second-placed Debbie Massey (USA) and Jane Blalock (USA) finished 2 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Locust Hill CC, Pittsford, Rochester, NY].

1978
America
285 (-3)
$15,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Score

285 (-3)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Sunstar Classic (March 9-12). Second-placed Debbie Massey (USA) and Debbie Austin (USA) finished 1 shot behind Lopez (USA), who recorded her second LPGA Tour win. [Rancho Park GC, Los Angeles, CA].

1978
Asia
216 (E)
$15,000
Colgate

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Score

216 (E)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

Colgate

Played as the Colgate Far East Open (Nov 10-12; LPGA Tour event). Second-placed Kathy Whitworth (USA) and defending champion Silvia Bertolaccini (Arg) finished 2 shots behind Nancy Lopez (USA), who recorded her ninth LPGA Tour win of 1978. [Old course, Royal Selangor GC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia].

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Score

7 & 5

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

USGA

Played as the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. Lopez (USA) beat Lauren Howe (USA) 7 and 5 in the final to win this event for the second time in three years. [Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, Oregon].

1972
Amateur
Jefferson City CC
1 hole
amateur
USGA

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Lopez, Nancy

Venue

Jefferson City CC

Score

1 hole

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

USGA

Played as the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. Lopez (USA) beat Cathy Morse (USA) by 1 hole in the final. [Jefferson City CC, Missouri].

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