Who's who in golf - Betsy King


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Name: - Betsy King
Country: - USA
Born : - August 13th, 1955 in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Original Home/Club: - Reading, Pennsylvania
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1977

Roll of Honour

Majors (6). Solheim Cup player (1990, '92, '94, '96, '98). Solheim Cup captain (2007). Total professional wins (38), of which US LPGA Tour (34). US LPGA leading money winner (1984, '89, '93). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1995).


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During her time at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, King and teammates Beth Daniel, Sherri Turner and Cindy Ferro won the 1976 Intercollegiate national golf team championships. The following year, having turned professional, King joined the LPGA Tour, but had to wait a further 7 years until 1984 to record her first Tour win. Subsequent wins came thick and fast, allowing King to record a career total of 34 LPGA Tour tiles, including six major championships. 20 of these wins came between 1984 and 1989, making her the most prolific winner, male or female, during that period. The last of King's three Leading Money Winner titles came in 1993. As of 2012, she is still the last American player to top the LPGA season-ending money list. King retired from the LPGA Tour in 2005, captained the USA Solheim Cup team in 2007, and became active in several charitable causes.


Top tournaments won by Betsy King

2001Wmn AmericaShopRite ClassicSeaview Resort201 (-12)$180,000
Played as the ShopRite LPGA Classic (Jun 29-Jul 1). Second-placed Lorie Kane (Can) finished 2 shots behind King (USA). [Bay course, Seaview Resort, Galloway, nr Atlantic City, NJ].
2000Wmn AmericaHawaiian Ladies OpenKapolei GC204 (-12)$97,500
Played as the Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open (Feb 17-19). Second-placed Brandie Burton (USA) finished 2 shots behind King (USA). [Kapolei GC, Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii].
2000Wmn AmericaLPGA Corning ClassicCorning CC276 (-12)$120,000
Played as the LPGA Corning Classic (May 25-28). King (USA) beat Kelli Kuehne (USA) and Vickie Goetze-Ackerman (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [Corning CC, Corning, nr Elmira, New York].
1997Wmn MajorsANA InspirationMission Hills CC276 (-12)$135,000
Played as the Nabisco Dinah Shore (26th) (March 27-30). Second-placed Kris Tschetter (USA) finished 2 shots behind King (USA), who won this event for the third time. [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].
1995Wmn AmericaShopRite ClassicGreate Bay CC204 (-9)$97,500
Played as the ShopRite LPGA Classic (June 23-25). Second-placed Rosie Jones (USA) and Beth Daniel (USA) finished 2 shots behind King (USA), who recorded her 30th LPGA Tour win. [Greate Bay CC, Somers Point, NJ].
1993Wmn AsiaJapan Classic (LPGA)Lions CC, Jpn205 (-11)US$97,500
Played as the Toray Japan Queens Cup (LPGA & Jpn LPGA Trs event). Jane Geddes (USA) finished in second place behind King (USA). [Lions CC, Miki-shi, Hyogo, Japan].
1993Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA70.85n/a
King (USA) won her second Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour (over a minumum of 70 rounds). Brandie Burton (USA) was second with 71.02; Patty Sheehan (USA) was third with 71.04. Nancy Lopez (USA) averaged 70.83, but played only 65 rounds.
1993Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$595,992see Score
King (USA) won her third LPGA Tour Money List, with 1993 season earnings of $595,992 on the Tour. Patty Sheehan (USA) was second with $540,547; Brandie Burton (USA) was third with $517,741.
1993Wmn AwardsPlyr of Yr - LPGA40 ptsn/a
King (USA) won her third LPGA Tour Player of the Year Award, based on a points system for top 10 finishes and performance in Majors.
1993Wmn AmericaSkins Game (LPGA)Stonebriar CC7 skins$185,000
Played as the JCPenney LPGA Skins Game (unofficial LPGA Tr event). King (USA) won with a total of 7 skins worth $185,000. Second: Nancy Lopez (USA) with skins worth $110,000. Third: defending champion Pat Bradley (USA) with skins worth $85,000. Fourth: Dottie Mochrie (USA, née Pepper) with skins worth $70,000. [Stonebriar CC, Frisco, nr Dallas, Texas].
1992Wmn AmericaGiant Eagle LPGA ClassicSquaw Creek CC209 (-7)$75,000
Played as The Phar-Mor in Youngstown. King (USA) beat Beth Daniel (USA), Donna Andrews (USA) and Meg Mallon (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Squaw Creek CC, Vienna, Ohio].
1992Wmn AsiaJapan Classic (LPGA)Musashigaoka CC205 (-11)US$97,500
Played as the Mazda Japan Classic (LPGA & Jpn LPGA Trs event). Helen Alfredsson (Swe) finished in second place behind King (USA). [Musashigaoka CC, Hanno, Saitama, Japan].
1992Wmn MajorsUS Women's PGABethesda CC267 (-17)$150,000
The Mazda LPGA Championship (38th) (May 14-17). Second-placed Karen Noble (USA), Liselotte Neumann (Swe) and JoAnne Carner (USA) finished 11 shots behind King (USA), who recorded her fifth major championship win. [Bethesda CC, Bethesda, Maryland].
1991Wmn AmericaLPGA Corning ClassicCorning CC273 (-15)$60,000
Played as the LPGA Corning Classic. Second-placed Deb Richard (USA) finished 6 shots behind King (USA). [Corning CC, Corning, nr Elmira, New York].
1991Wmn AmericaSybase ClassicWykagyl CC279 (-5)$75,000
Played as the JAL Big Apple Classic presented by Golf Magazine. Second-placed Ayako Okamoto (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind defending champion King (USA), who claimed her 25th LPGA Tour win. [Wykagyl CC, New Rochelle, New York].
1990Wmn MajorsANA InspirationMission Hills CC283 (-5)$90,000
Played as the Nabisco Dinah Shore (19th) (Mar 29-Apr 1). Second-placed Shirley Furlong (USA) and Kathy Postlewait (USA) finished 2 shots behind King (USA). [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].
1990Wmn AmericaLPGA Match Play Ch'shipPrinceville Makai2 up$100,000
Played as the Itoman LPGA World Match Play Championship (unofficial LPGA Tr event). King (USA) beat Deb Richard (USA) by 2 holes in the final. [Makai Club at Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii].
1990Wmn AmericaSybase ClassicWykagyl CC273 (-15)$60,000
Played as the inaugural JAL Big Apple Classic presented by Golf Magazine. Second-placed Beth Daniel (USA) finished 3 shots behind King (USA). [Wykagyl CC, New Rochelle, New York].
1990Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenAtlanta Athletic Club284 (-4)$85,000
The US Women's Open (45th) (July 12-15). Second-placed Patty Sheehan (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion King (USA). [Riverside course, Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Atlanta, GA].
1989Wmn AmericaJamaica Classic (LPGA)Tryall Club202 (-11)$75,000
Played as the Jamaica Classic. Second-placed Nancy Lopez (USA) finished 1 shot behind King (USA). [Tryall Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica].
1989Wmn AmericaMcDonald's ChampionshipDuPont CC272 (-12)$82,500
Played as the McDonald's Championship. Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA) and Shirley Furlong (USA) finished 2 shots behind King (USA). [DuPont CC, Wilmington, Delaware].
1989Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$654,132see Score
King (USA) won her second LPGA Tour Money List, with 1989 season earnings of $654,132 on the Tour. Beth Daniel (USA) was second with $504,851; Nancy Lopez (USA) was third with $487,153.
1989Wmn AwardsPlyr of Yr - LPGA76 ptsn/a
King (USA) won her second LPGA Tour Player of the Year Award, based on a points system for top 10 finishes and performance in Majors.
1989Wmn AmericaSamsung World Ch'shipPineIsle Resort275 (-13)$83,500
Played as the Nestle World Championship. Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA) and Patty Sheehan (USA) finished 1 shot behind King (USA). [PineIsle Resort, Lake Lanier, Georgia; now called Legacy Course on Lake Lanier].
1989Wmn AmericaSt Petersburg Open (LPGA)Pasadena GC275 (-13)$37,500
Played as the USX Golf Classic. King (USA) beat Lynn Adams (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Pasadena GC, Gulfport, Florida; now called Pasadena Yatch & CC].
1989Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenIndianwood278 (-6)$80,000
The US Women's Open (44th) (July 13-16). Second-placed Nancy Lopez (USA) finished 4 shots behind King (USA), who won her second major championship title. [Old course, Indianwood G&CC, Lake Orion, Mich.].
1989Wmn AmericaWomen's Kemper OpenPrinceville Makai202 (-14)$60,000
Played as the Women's Kemper Open. Jane Geddes (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion King (USA). [Makai Club at Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii].
1988Wmn AmericaPortland ClassicRiverside G&CC213 (-3)$37,500
Played as the Cellular One-Ping LPGA Golf Championship. Second-placed Colleen Walker (USA) finished 1 shot behind King (USA). [Riverside G&CC, Portland, Oregon].
1988Wmn AmericaState Farm ClassicRail GC207 (-9)$33,750
Played as the Rail Charity Golf Classic. Second-placed Margaret Ward (USA) finished 2 shots behind King (USA), who won this event for the third time in four years. [Rail GC, Springfield, Illinois].
1988Wmn AmericaWomen's Kemper OpenPrinceville Makai280 (-8)$45,000
Played as the Women's Kemper Open. Beth Daniel (USA) finished 1 shot behind King (USA). [Makai Club at Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii].
1987Wmn MajorsANA InspirationMission Hills CC283 (-5)$80,000
Played as the Nabisco Dinah Shore (16th) (April 2-5). King (USA) beat Patty Sheehan (USA) at the second playoff hole, to record her first major championship win. [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].
1987Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA71.14n/a
King (USA) won the Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
1987Wmn AmericaMcDonald's ChampionshipDuPont CC278 (-6)$75,000
Played as the McDonald's Championship. Second-placed Ayako Okamoto (Jpn) finished 2 shots behind King (USA). [DuPont CC, Wilmington, Delaware].
1987Wmn AmericaShopRite ClassicSeaview Resort207 (-6)$33,750
Played as the Atlantic City LPGA Classic. Second-placed Nancy Lopez (USA) finished 3 shots behind King (USA). [Bay course, Seaview Resort, Galloway, nr Atlantic City, NJ].
1987Wmn AmericaWelch's ChampionshipRandolph GC281 (-7)$30,000
Played as the Circle K Tucson Open. Second-placed Jan Stephenson (Aus) finished 2 shots behind King (USA). [Randolph GC, Tucson, AZ; formerly called North course, Randolph Park].
1986Wmn AmericaHenredon ClassicWillow Creek CC277 (-11)$34,500
Played as the Henredon Classic. King (USA) beat JoAnne Carner with a par at the second playoff hole. [Willow Creek CC, High Point, North Carolina; now known as the Willow Creek course of High Point CC].
1986Wmn AmericaState Farm ClassicRail GC205 (-11)$30,000
Played as the Rail Charity Golf Classic. Defending champion King (USA) beat Alice Ritzman (USA) and Cathy Gerring (USA, née Kratzert) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [Rail GC, Springfield, Illinois].
1985Wmn EuropeBritish Women's OpenMoor Park300 (+8)£9,000
Played as the Burberry Women's British Open (Oct 2-5). Second-placed Marta Figueras-Dotti (Esp) finished 2 shots behind King (USA). [Combination of High & West courses, Moor Park GC, Rickmansworth, Herts].
1985Wmn AmericaPhoenix LPGA IntlArizona Biltmore280 (-8)$22,500
Played as the Samaritan Turquoise Classic. King (USA) beat Patty Sheehan (USA) with an eagle at the first playoff hole. [Arizona Biltmore GC, Phoenix, Arizona].
1985Wmn AmericaState Farm ClassicRail GC206 (-10)$27,750
Played as the Rail Charity Golf Classic. Second-placed Janet Anderson (USA) finished 2 shots behind King (USA), who claimed her fifth LPGA Tour win. [Rail GC, Springfield, Illinois].
1984Wmn AmericaColumbia Savings ClassicGreen Gables CC281 (-7)$30,000
Played as the Columbia Savings Classic. Second-placed Muffin Spencer-Devlin (USA) finished 1 shot behind King (USA). [Green Gables CC, Denver, Colorado; now permanently closed].
1984Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$266,771see Score
King (USA) won the LPGA Tour 1984 Money List, with earnings of $266,771 on the Tour. Patty Sheehan (USA) was second with $255,185; Ayako Okamoto (Jpn) was third with $251,108.
1984Wmn AmericaOrlando ClassicCypress Creek, FL202 (-14)$22,500
Played as the Freedom/Orlando Classic. Second-placed Alice Miller (USA) finished 2 shots behind King (USA), who recorded her second LPGA Tour win. [Cypress Creek CC, Orlando, Florida; permanently closed down in 2007].
1984Wmn AwardsPlyr of Yr - LPGA55 ptsn/a
King (USA) won the LPGA Tour Player of the Year Award, based on a points system for top 10 finishes and performance in Majors.
1984Wmn AmericaWomen's Kemper OpenKemper283 (-9)$30,000
Played as the Women's Kemper Open. Pat Bradley (USA) finished 3 shots behind King (USA), who claimed her first LPGA Tour win after seven years on the Tour. [North course, Royal Kaanapali, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii; now called the Royal Kaanapali course].

 

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