Who's who in golf - Betsy Rawls


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Name: - Elizabeth Earle "
Country: - USA
Born : - May 4, 1928 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina.
Original Home/Club: - Arlington, Texas.
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1951 (age 22)

Roll of Honour

Majors (8). Total professional wins (58), of which US LPGA Tour (55). LPGA Tour leading money winner (1952, '59). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1960).


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Starting golf aged 17, Rawls embarked on a successful amateur career, which culminated in a second-placed finish at the 1950 U.S. Women's Open. After attending the University of Texas at Austin, Rawls joined the LPGA Tour as a professional in 1951. In that same year she recorded her first two LPGA Tour wins, one of them the U.S. Women's Open, which she would win three more times (1953, '57, '60). Rawls retired from the LPGA Tour in 1975, with a total of 55 Tour wins. In 1961/62 she served as the LPGA's president, and was the first woman to serve on the Rules Committee for the mens' US Open.


Top tournaments won by Betsy Rawls

1972Wmn AmericaGAC ClassicForty Niner CC141 (-3)$4,500
Played as the GAC Classic. Mary Mills (USA), Kathy Whitworth (USA), Clifford Ann Creed (USA), Shirley Englehorn (USA), Betty Burfeindt (USA) and Judy Rankin (USA) finished 3 shots behind Rawls (USA), who recorded the last of her 55 LPGA Tour wins. Event shortened to 36 holes due to rain. [Forty Niner CC, Tucson, AZ].
1970Wmn AmericaCincinnati Open210$3,000
Played as the Cincinnati Open. Pam Barnett finished in second place behind Rawls.
1970Wmn AmericaDallas Civitan OpenGlen Lakes CC214 (+1)$3,750
Played as the Dallas Civitan Open. Second-placed Marilynn Smith (USA), Mickey Wright (USA) and Sandra Palmer (USA) finished 2 shots behind Rawls (USA). [Glen Lakes CC, Dallas, TX; club/course no longer exists].
1969Wmn MajorsUS Women's PGAConcord Resort, NY293 (+1)$5,250
The LPGA Championship (15th) (July 24-27). Second-placed Susie Berning (USA) and Carol Mann (USA) finished 4 shots behind 41-year-old Rawls (USA), who recorded the last of her eight major championship wins. [Concord Resort & GC, Kiamesha Lake, NY].
1968Wmn AmericaMickey Wright Invtl.208$2,025
Played as the Mickey Wright Invitational. Kathy Whitworth and Sandra Haynie finished in second place behind Rawls.
1965Wmn AmericaPensacola Ladies Invtl.218$1,275
Played as the Pensacola Ladies Invitational. Clifford Ann Creed finished in second place behind Rawls.
1965Wmn AmericaWaterloo Open214$1,275
Played as the Waterloo Women's Open. Marlene Hagge, Carol Mann and Marilynn Smith finished in second place behind Rawls.
1964Wmn AmericaDallas Civitan OpenGlen Lakes CC282 (-2)$2,100
Played as the Dallas Civitan Open. Second-placed and defending champion Mickey Wright (USA) finished 2 shots behind Rawls (USA). [Glen Lakes CC, Dallas, TX; club/course no longer exists].
1964Wmn AmericaValhalla OpenValhalla290$1,500
Played as the Valhalla Open. Ruth Jessen and Kathy Whitworth finished in second place behind Rawls.
1963Wmn AmericaSunshine Women's Open220$1,200
Played as the Sunshine Women's Open. Kathy Whitworth finished in second place behind Rawls.
1962Wmn AmericaBabe Zaharias Open146$1,075
Played as the Babe Zaharias Open. Betty Jameson, Ruth Jessen and Sandra Haynie finished in second place behind Betsy Rawls and Kathy Cornelius.
1962Wmn AmericaJE McAuliffe Ch'ship295$1,250
Played as the J.E. McAuliffe Championship. Kathy Whitworth finished in second place behind Rawls.
1961Wmn AmericaAlbuquerque Pro-Am221$1,247
Played as Bill Branin's Swing Parade.
1961Wmn AmericaCosmopolitan Open213$1,247
Played as the Cosmopolitan Open.
1960Wmn AmericaBabe Zaharias Open211$1,083
Played as the Babe Zaharias Open. Fay Crocker finished in second place behind Rawls.
1960Wmn AmericaCosmopolitan Open208$1,247
Played as the Cosmopolitan Open. Bonnie Randolph finished in second place behind Rawls.
1960Wmn AmericaLand of Sky OpenAsheville CC211 (-2)$1,247
Played as the Asheville Open. Second-placed Louise Suggs (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Rawls (USA). [CC of Asheville, Asheville, North Carolina].
1960Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenWorcester CC292 (+4)$1,710
The US Women's Open (15th) (July 21-23). Second-placed Joyce Ziske (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rawls (USA), who claimed her fourth and final US Women's Open title. [Worcester CC, Worcester, Mass.].
1959Wmn AmericaBabe Zaharias Open215$997
Played as the Babe Zaharias Open. Louise Suggs finished in second place behind Rawls.
1959Wmn AmericaLake Worth Open285$1,247
Played as the Lake Worth Open. Louise Suggs finished in second place behind Rawls.
1959Wmn AmericaLand of Sky OpenAsheville CC215 (+2)$997
Played as the Land of the Sky Open. Second-placed Joyce Ziske (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rawls (USA). [CC of Asheville, Asheville, North Carolina].
1959Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA74.03n/a
Rawls (USA) won the Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
1959Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$26,774see Score
Rawls (USA) won her second LPGA Tour Money List, with 1959 earnings of $26,774 on the Tour. Mickey Wright (USA) was second on the money list.
1959Wmn AmericaMt Prospect Open291x
Played as the Mount Propsect Open. Mickey Wright finished in second place behind Rawls.
1959Wmn AmericaOpie Turner Open221$1,247
Played as the Opie Turner Open. Louise Suggs finished in second place behind Rawls.
1959Wmn AmericaRoyal Crown Open294$997
Played as the Royal Crown Open. Marlene Hagge finished in second place behind Rawls.
1959Wmn AmericaTriangle Round Robinx$1,425
Played as the Triangle Round Robin. Louise Suggs finished in second place behind Rawls.
1959Wmn MajorsUS Women's PGAFrench Lick288 (-8)$1,247
The LPGA Championship (5th) (July 2-6). Second-placed Patty Berg (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rawls (USA), who won the first of her two LPGA Championships. [Ross course, French Lick Resort, French Lick, Indiana].
1959Wmn AmericaWaterloo Open282$1,247
Played as the Waterloo Women's Open. Fay Crocker finished in second place behind Rawls.
1959Wmn MajorsWomen's Western OpenRanier G&CC293 (+1)$1,247
The Women's Western Open (30th). Second-placed Patty Berg (USA) and JoAnne Gunderson (USA, amateur, later known as JoAnne Carner) finished 6 shots behind Rawls (USA). [Rainier G&CC, Seattle, WA].
1958Wmn AmericaSt Petersburg Open (LPGA)Sunset G&CC, FL291 (-5)$1,247
Played as the St Petersburg Open. Second-placed Jackie Pung (USA) and Beverly Hanson (USA) finished 4 shots behind Rawls (USA). [Sunset G&CC, St Petersburg, Florida; now called Vinoy GC].
1958Wmn AmericaTampa Open302$1,247
Played as the Tampa Open. Mickey Wright and Patty Berg finished in second place behind Rawls.
1957Wmn AmericaLake Worth Open214$880
Played as the Lake Worth Open. Fay Crocker finished in second place behind Rawls.
1957Wmn AmericaPeach Blossom Open213$880
Played as the Peach Blossom Open. Betty Dodd finished in second place behind Rawls.
1957Wmn AmericaTampa Open298$880
Played as the Tampa Open. Fay Crocker finished in second place behind Rawls.
1957Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenWinged Foot299 (+7)$1,800
The US Women's Open (12th) (June 27-29). Second-placed Patty Berg (USA) finished 6 shots behind Rawls (USA). Apparent winner Jackie Pung (USA) was disqualified for signing a card with an incorrect score on one hole, even though the overall score she signed for was correct. [East course, Winged Foot GC, Mamaroneck, NY].
1956Wmn AmericaPeach Blossom Open214$880
Played as the Peach Blossom Open. Fay Crocker finished in second place behind Rawls.
1956Wmn AmericaSarasota Open291$1,000
Played as the Sarasota Open. Betty Dodd finished in second place behind Rawls.
1956Wmn AmericaTampa Open293$900
Played as the Tampa Open. Patty Berg finished in second place behind Rawls.
1955Wmn AmericaCarrollton Open218$1,000
Played as the Carrollton Open. Second-placed Patty Berg finished 3 shots behind Rawls.
1954Wmn AmericaInverness Invtl.xx
Played as the Inverness Four-Ball.
1954Wmn AmericaSt Louis Open (Women)211$700
Played as the St Louis Open. Second-placed Beverly Hanson finished 12 shots behind Rawls.
1954Wmn AmericaTampa Open311$1,200
Played as the Tampa Women's Open. Second-placed Marlene Stewart and Polly Riley finished 2 shots behind Rawls.
1954Wmn AmericaTexas Open (LPGA)1 hole$700
Played as the Texas Open. Rawls beat Betty Hicks by 1 hole in the final.
1953Wmn AmericaBarbara Romack Open145$875
Played as the Barbara Romack Open. Second-placed Carol Bowman finished 2 shots behind Rawls.
1953Wmn AmericaEastern Open (LPGA)293$1,250
Played as the Eastern Open. Rawls won after a playoff against Patty Berg.
1953Wmn AmericaFort Worth Open5 & 4$500
Played as the Fort Worth Open. Rawls beat Polly Riley 5 and 4 in the final.
1953Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenRochester CC302 (+6)$2,000
The US Women's Open (8th) (June 25-28). Rawls (USA) beat Jackie Pung (USA) in an 18-hole playoff: Rawls 71 (-3), Pung 77 (+3). [CC of Rochester, Rochester, NY].
1952Wmn AmericaCarrollton Open214x
Played as the Carrollton Open. Second-placed Louise Suggs finished 2 shots behind Rawls.
1952Wmn AmericaEastern Open (LPGA)226x
Played as the Eastern Women's Open. Second-placed Louise Suggs finished 2 shots behind Rawls.
1952Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$14,505see Score
Rawls (USA) won the LPGA Tour 1952 Money List, with earnings of $14,505 on the Tour. Betty Jameson (USA) was second on the money list.
1952Wmn AmericaThomasville Open (LPGA)74x
Played as the Thomasville Open. Betty Jameson finished in second place behind Rawls.
1952Wmn AmericaWeathervane (Houston)140
Played as the Houston Weathervane. Second-placed Babe Zaharias (USA) finished 3 shots behind Rawls (USA).
1952Wmn AmericaWeathervane (Seattle)139
Played as the Seattle Open. Second-placed Alice Bauer (USA) and Marlene Bauer (USA, Marlene Hagge from late-1955) finished 11 shots behind Rawls.
1952Wmn AmericaWeathervane 144
Rawls (USA) was overall winner of the 1952 Cross Country 144-hole Weathervane Tournament, which was played as four two-round events in Houston, Miami, New York and Seattle. She won the Seattle event.
1952Wmn MajorsWomen's Western OpenSkokie CC1 hole$1,000
The Women's Western Open (23rd). Rawls (USA) beat Betty Jameson (USA) by 1 hole in the final. [Skokie CC, Glencoe, nr Chicago, IL].
1951Wmn AmericaSacramento Open72x
Played as the Sacramento Women's Invitational Open. Second-placed Marlene Bauer (Hagge) and Babe Zaharias finished 2 shots behind Rawls.
1951Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenDruid Hills GC293 (+5)$1,500
The US Women's Open (6th) (Sept 13-16). Second-placed Louise Suggs (USA) finished 5 shots behind 23-year-old Rawls (USA), who recorded her first major championship victory. [Druid Hills GC, Atlanta, GA].

 

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