Who's who in golf - Donna Caponi


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Name: - Donna Caponi-Byrne
Country: - USA
Born : - Jan 29, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan.
Original Home/Club: - Detroit, Michigan
Occupation: - Professional golfer; TV commentator.
Turned Pro: - 1965

Roll of Honour

Majors (4). Total professional wins (29), of which LPGA Tour (24). Other wins included the 1975 European Open and 1976 Australian Open. World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2001).


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Caponi started playing golf aged 5 and enjoyed a successful amateur career. She moved onto the LPGA Tour as a professional in 1965. Her first win on tour came in the 1969 U.S. Women's Open, a title she successfully defended the following year. During the 1970s and early 80s she would accumulate a total of 24 wins on the LPGA Tour. From 1971, after marrying Ken Young, she was known as Donna Caponi Young. She reverted to Donna Caponi when they divorced in 1981. In 2006 she married Ted Byrnes, and is now known as Donna Caponi-Byrnes.


Top tournaments won by Donna Caponi

1981Wmn AmericaAmerican Defender ClassicNorth Ridge CC208 (-8)$18,750
Played as the American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic. Second-placed Cathy Sherk (Can) finished 1 shot behind Caponi (USA). [North Ridge CC, Raleigh, North Carolina].
1981Wmn AmericaBoston Five ClassicFerncroft CC276 (-12)$22,500
Played as the Boston Five Classic. Second-placed Jan Stephenson (Aus) finished 6 shots behind Caponi (USA), who recorded the last of her 24 LPGA Tour wins. [Ferncroft CC, Middleton, nr Boston, MA].
1981Wmn AmericaJ&B Scotch Pro-AmDesert Inn CC286 (-2)$30,000
Played as the LPGA Desert Inn Pro-Am. Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Caponi (USA; at the time Donna Caponi Young), who recorded her 20th LPGA Tour win. [Desert Inn CC, Las Vegas, Nevada; now known as Wynn Las Vegas. Earlier rounds also at Las Vegas CC].
1981Wmn AmericaPortland ClassicRiverside G&CC203 (-16)$21,000
Played as the Portland PING Team Championship (unofficial LPGA Tr team event). Defending champions Donna Caponi (USA) & Kathy Whitworth (USA) beat JoAnne Carner (USA) & Judy Rankin (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [Riverside G&CC, Portland, Oregon].
1981Wmn MajorsUS Women's PGAKings Island280 (-8)$22,500
The LPGA Championship (27th) (June 11-14). Second-placed Jerilyn Britz (USA) and Pat Meyers (USA) finished 1 shot behind Caponi (USA), who won the LPGA Championship for the second time in three years. [Grizzly course, The Golf Center at Kings Island, Mason, OH].
1981Wmn AmericaWUI ClassicMeadow Brook, NY282 (-6)$18,750
Played as the WUI Classic. Julie Stanger (USA) finished 2 shots behind Caponi (USA). [Meadow Brook Club, Jericho, Long Island, NY].
1980Wmn AmericaANA InspirationMission Hills CC275 (-13)$37,500
Played as the Colgate Dinah Shore Winners Circle (9th). Second-placed Amy Alcott (USA) finished 2 shots behind Caponi (USA). [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].
1980Wmn AmericaCrestar Classic (LPGA)Elizabeth Manor277 (-11)$15,000
Played as the United Virginia Bank Golf Classic. Second-placed Nancy Lopez (USA) finished 4 shots behind Caponi (USA). [Elizabeth Manor G&CC, Portsmouth, Virginia].
1980Wmn AmericaERA Real Estate Classic283$15,000
Played as the ERA Real Estate Classic. Shelley Hamlin finished in second place behind Caponi.
1980Wmn AmericaJ&B Scotch Pro-AmDesert Inn CC286 (-2)$30,000
Played as the LPGA National Pro-Am. Second-placed and defending champion Nancy Lopez (USA) finished 1 shot behind Caponi (USA). [Desert Inn CC, Las Vegas, Nevada; now known as Wynn Las Vegas. Earlier rounds also at Las Vegas CC].
1980Wmn AmericaLPGA Corning ClassicCorning CC281 (-7)$15,000
Played as the LPGA Corning Classic. Second-placed Myra Van Hoose (USA) finished 2 shots behind Caponi (USA). [Corning CC, Corning, nr Elmira, New York].
1980Wmn AmericaPortland ClassicRiverside G&CC195 (-24)$21,000
Played as the Portland PING Team Championship (unofficial LPGA Tr team event). Second-placed Janet Alex (USA) & Judy Clark (USA) finished 4 shots behind Donna Caponi (USA) & Kathy Whitworth (USA). [Riverside G&CC, Portland, Oregon].
1979Wmn MajorsUS Women's PGAKings Island279 (-9)$22,500
The LPGA Championship (25th) (June 7-10). Second-placed Jerilyn Britz (USA) finished 3 shots behind Caponi (USA), who claimed her third major championship win. [Grizzly course, The Golf Center at Kings Island, Mason, OH].
1978Wmn AmericaHouston Exchange Clubs Classic207$7,500
Played as the Houston Exchange Clubs Classic. Alexandra Reinhart finished in second place behind Caponi.
1978Wmn AmericaPortland ClassicColumbia Edgewater203 (-16)$20,000
Played as the PING Classic Team Championship (unofficial LPGA Tr team event). Donna Caponi (USA) & Kathy Whitworth (USA) beat Murle Breer (USA) & Barbara Moxness (USA) in a sudden-death playoff. [Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, Oregon].
1978Wmn AmericaSarah Coventry, TheRound Hill CC282 (-10)$15,000
Played as the Sarah Coventry championship. Second-placed and defending champion Jane Blalock (USA) finished 5 shots behind Caponi (USA). [Round Hill CC, Alamo, CA]. Note: from 1979 to 1981 The Sarah Coventry moved to Locust Hill CC, to be renamed the Rochester International in 1982 and then Wegmans LPGA in 2006. See "Wegmans LPGA" history for the 1979-81 Sarah Coventry results.
1976Wmn Aus/NZAustralian Women's OpenVictoria GC, Aus206A$3,500
Played as the Wills-Qantas Australian Ladies Open (March 12-14). Won by Donna Caponi Young (USA). [Victoria GC, Melbourne, Aus].
1976Wmn AmericaCanadian Women's OpenCedar Brae212 (-4)$12,000
Played as the Peter Jackson Classic. Caponi (USA) beat Judy Rankin (USA) in a sudden-death playoff. [Cedar Brae G&CC, Scarborough, Ontario].
1976Wmn AmericaCarlton, The282$35,000
Played as The Carlton. Jane Blalock and Judy Rankin finished in second place behind Caponi.
1976Wmn AsiaJapan Classic (LPGA)Hanayashiki GC217 (-5)US$15,000
Played as the LPGA/Japan Mizuno Classic (LPGA & Jpn LPGA Trs event). Hisako "Chako" Higuchi (Jpn) finished in second place behind Caponi (USA), who claimed her third LPGA Tour win in as many starts. [Hanayashiki GC, Miki, Hyogo, Japan].
1976Wmn AmericaPortland ClassicPortland GC217 (-2)$6,400
Played as the Portland Classic. Caponi (USA) beat Clifford Ann Creed (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [Portland GC, Portland, Oregon].
1975Wmn AmericaBurdine's InvitationalKendale Lakes CC208 (-8)$5,700
Played as Burdine's Invitational. Second-placed Kathy Cornelius (USA) finished 3 shots behind Caponi (USA). [Kendale Lakes CC, nr Miami, FL; now called Miccosukee G&CC].
1975Wmn EuropeEuropean Women's OpenSunningdale, Eng283 (-13)£5,000
Played as the Colgate European Women's Open (Aug 6-9; unofficial LPGA Tr event). Second-placed Sandra Palmer (USA) finished 2 shots behind Donna Caponi Young (USA). [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].
1975Wmn AmericaLady MichelobIndian Hills CC, GA214 (-5)$5,700
Played as the Lady Tara Classic. Second-placed Sandra Palmer (USA) and Gloria Ehret (USA) finished 1 shot behind Caponi (USA). [Indian Hills CC, Marietta, Georgia].
1973Wmn AmericaBluegrass Invtl.216$4,500
Played as the Bluegrass Invitational. Sandra Spuzich finished in second place behind Caponi.
1970Wmn AmericaBluegrass Invtl.214$3,000
Played as the Bluegrass Invitational. Mary Mills finished in second place behind Caponi.
1970Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenMuskogee CC287 (+3)$5,000
The US Women's Open (25th) (July 2-5). Second-placed Sandra Haynie (USA) and Sandra Spuzich (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Caponi (USA). [Muskogee CC, Muskogee, Okla.].
1969Wmn AmericaLincoln-Mercury OpenRound Hill CC214 (-2)$3,000
Played as the inaugural Lincoln-Mercury Open. Caponi (USA) beat Kathy Whitworth (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole, to claim her second LPGA Tour win. [Round Hill CC, Alamo, California].
1969Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenScenic Hills CC294 (+2)$5,000
The US Women's Open (24th) (June 26-29). Second-placed Peggy Wilson (USA) finished 1 shot behind 24-year-old Caponi (USA), who recorded her first major championship win. [Scenic Hills CC, Pensacola, FL].

 

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