Who's who in golf - Judy Rankin


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Name: - Judy Torluemke Rankin
Country: - USA
Born : - February 18th, 1945 in St Louis in the state of Missouri.
Original Home/Club: -
Occupation: - Professional golfer; television commentator.
Turned Pro: - 1962 (age 17)

Roll of Honour

Solheim Cup non-playing captain (1996, '98). Total professional wins (28), of which LPGA Tr (26). LPGA Tr leading money winner and Player of the Year (1976, '77). Old Tom Morris Award (2010, GCSAA). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2000).


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From 1962 through 1983 Rankin pursued a highly successful career on the LPGA Tour, winning no less than 26 times. She did not record wins in any major championships, although two of the events she won (1976 Dinah Shore and 1977 Peter Jackson Classic) became major championships in later years.

Rankin was the LPGA Tour's leading money winner in 1976 and '77, as well as Player of the Year in the same two seasons, and a three-time Vare Trophy winner. She was twice the non-playing captain of Solheim Cup teams (1996, '98); the USA team won on both occasions.

Joining the LPGA Tour as Judy Torluemke, it was only after her marriage to Walter 'Yippy' Rankin in 1967 that the wins started to flow. As Judy Rankin she recorded her first LPGA Tour win in 1968, and maintained that winning habit until 1979. After her LPGA Tour career she became a television commentator and anaylst, as well as a writer and adviser for golf magazines.


Top tournaments won by Judy Rankin

1979Wmn AmericaWUI ClassicMeadow Brook, NY288 (-4)$15,000
Played as the WUI Classic. Beth Daniel (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Rankin (USA), who recorded the last of her 26 LPGA Tour wins. [Meadow Brook Club, Jericho, Long Island, NY].
1978Wmn AmericaWUI ClassicNorth Hills CC283 (-9)$15,000
Played as the WUI Classic (sponsor: Western Union Intl). Debbie Massey (USA) and Pam Higgins (USA) finished 2 shots behind Rankin (USA). [North Hills CC, Manhasset, Long Island, NY].
1977Wmn AmericaCanadian Women's OpenLachute GC212 (-4)$12,000
Played as the Peter Jackson Classic. Second-placed Pat Meyers (USA) and Sandra Palmer (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rankin (USA). [Club de Golf Lachute, Lachute, Québec].
1977Wmn EuropeEuropean Women's OpenSunningdale, Eng281 (-15)US$15,000
Played as the Colgate European Women's Open (Aug 3-6; LPGA Tr event). Second-placed Nancy Lopez (USA) finished 6 shots behind Rankin (USA), who recorded her second win in this event in four years. [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].
1977Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA72.16n/a
Rankin (USA) won her third (and second straight) Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
1977Wmn AmericaMayflower ClassicHarbour Trees212 (-4)$7,500
Played as the Mayflower Classic. Second-placed Jane Blalock (USA) finished 2 shots behind Rankin (USA). [Harbour Trees GC, Noblesville, Indiana].
1977Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$122,890see Score
Rankin (USA) won her second straight LPGA Tour Money List, with 1977 season earnings of $122,890 on the Tour. JoAnne Carner (USA) was second on the money list.
1977Wmn AwardsPlyr of Yr - LPGA66 ptsn/a
Rankin (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.
1977Wmn AmericaPortland ClassicColumbia Edgewater202 (-17)$9,000
Played as the LPGA National Team Championship (unofficial LPGA Tr team event). JoAnn Carner (USA) & Judy Rankin (USA) beat Betty Burfeindt (USA) & Pam Higgins (USA) with Carner's eight-foot birdie putt at the first playoff hole. [Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, Oregon].
1977Wmn AmericaSarasota ClassicBent Tree CC, FL209 (-7)$15,000
Played as the Bent Tree Ladies Classic. Second-placed Clifford Ann Creed (USA) finished 4 shots behind Rankin (USA). [Bent Tree CC, nr Sarasota, Florida].
1977Wmn AmericaSt Petersburg Open (LPGA)Pasadena GC208 (-8)$7,500
Played as the Orange Blossom Classic. Second-placed Joyce Kazmierski (USA) finished 5 shots behind Rankin (USA), who recorded her 20th LPGA Tour win. [Pasadena GC, Gulfport, Florida; now called Pasadena Yatch & CC].
1976Wmn AmericaANA InspirationMission Hills CC285 (-3)$32,000
Played as the Colgate Dinah Shore Winners Circle (5th). Second-placed Betty Burfeindt (USA) finished 3 shots behind Rankin (USA). [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].
1976Wmn AmericaBabe Zaharias InvtlTanglewood Club, OH287 (-1)$15,000
Played as the Babe Zaharias Invitational. Rankin (USA) won by one shot over second-placed Jane Blalock (USA). [Tanglewood Club, Chagrin Falls, Ohio].
1976Wmn AmericaBorden ClassicRiviera CC, Ohio205 (-11)$10,000
Played as the Borden Classic. Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA) and Hollis Stacy (USA) finished 5 shots behind Rankin (USA). [Riviera CC, Dublin, Ohio, which permanently closed in 2015].
1976Wmn AmericaBurdine's InvitationalKendale Lakes CC213 (-3)$5,700
Played as Burdine's Invitational. Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA) finished 3 shots behind Rankin (USA). [Kendale Lakes CC, nr Miami, FL; now called Miccosukee G&CC].
1976Wmn AsiaHong Kong Open (Women)216$10,000
Played as the Colgate Hong Kong Open. Chako Higuchi finished in second place behind Rankin.
1976Wmn AmericaKarsten Ping OpenMcCormick Ranch205 (-11)$14,000
Played as the Karsten Ping Open. Second-placed Sandra Post (Can) finished 7 shots behind Rankin (USA). [McCormick Ranch GC, Paradise Valley, nr Phoenix, AZ].
1976Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA72.25n/a
Rankin (USA) won her second Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
1976Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$150,734see Score
Rankin (USA) won the LPGA Tour 1976 Money List, with earnings of $150,734 on the Tour. Donna Caponi (USA) was second on the money list.
1976Wmn AwardsPlyr of Yr - LPGA79 ptsn/a
Rankin (USA) won the LPGA Tour Player of the Year Award, based on a points system for top 10 finishes and performance in Majors.
1975Wmn AmericaColumbia Savings ClassicPinehurst CC, CO207 (-9)$5,700
Played as the National Jewish Hospital Open. Second-placed Jane Blalock (USA) and defending champion Sandra Haynie (USA) finished 2 shots behind Rankin (USA). [Pinehurst CC, Denver, Colorado].
1974Wmn EuropeEuropean Women's OpenSunningdale, Eng218 (+2)£4,000
Played as the inaugural Colgate European Women's Open (Aug 7-10; unofficial LPGA Tr event). Sue Roberts (USA) and Mary Mills (USA) finished 5 shots behind Rankin (USA). [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].
1974Wmn AmericaLady Carling - BaltimorePine Ridge GC144 (-2)$5,700
Played as the Baltimore Classic (for the last time until 1977). Second-placed Susie Berning (USA), Marilynn Smith (USA), Carol Mann (USA) and Kathy Whitworth (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Rankin (USA). [Pine Ridge GC, Baltimore, Maryland].
1973Wmn AmericaAmerican Defender ClassicRaleigh CC217 (+1)$4,500
Played as the American Defender Raleigh Classic. Second-placed Chako Higuchi (Jpn) finished 2 shots behind Rankin (USA). [Raleigh CC, Raleigh, North Carolina].
1973Wmn AmericaBorden ClassicRiviera CC, Ohio212 (-4)$5,250
Played as the Pabst Ladies Classic. Second-placed Debbie Austin (USA) finished 3 shots behind Rankin (USA), who recorded her 10th LPGA Tour win. [Riviera CC, Dublin, Ohio, which permanently closed in 2015].
1973Wmn AmericaGAC ClassicForty Niner CC215 (-1)$5,250
Played as the GAC Classic. Rankin (USA) beat Sandra Palmer (USA) with a par at the third playoff hole. Gerda Boykin (Ger) was eliminated at the first playoff hole. [Forty Niner CC, Tucson, AZ].
1973Wmn AmericaLady Carling - BaltimorePine Ridge GC215 (-4)$4,500
Played as the Lady Carling Open. Second-placed Sandra Haynie (USA) finished 4 shots behind Rankin (USA). [Pine Ridge GC, Baltimore, Maryland].
1973Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA73.08n/a
Rankin (USA) won the Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
1972Wmn AmericaHeritage Village OpenHeritage Village CC212 (-7)$3,750
Played as the Heritage Village Open. Second-placed Betty Burfeindt (USA) finished 5 shots behind Rankin (USA). [Heritage Village CC, Southbury, Connecticut].
1972Wmn AmericaS&H Green Stamp ClassicMemorial Park GC210 (-9)$3,750
Played as the Lady Eve Open. Rankin (USA) beat Kathy Whitworth (USA) with an eagle at the first playoff hole, having eagled the same hole when played as the 72nd hole in regulation play. [Memorial Park GC, Houston, Teaxs].
1971Wmn AmericaQuality First ClassicLake Waco CC214 (-2)$3,000
Played as the Quality First Classic. Rankin (USA) beat Jane Blalock (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole. [Lake Waco CC, Waco, Texas].
1970Wmn AmericaGeorge Washington ClassicHidden Spring GC212 (-7)$3,750
Played as the inaugural George Washington Golf Classic. Second-placed Sandra Haynie (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rankin (USA), who recorded her second LPGA Tour win. [Hidden Spring GC, Horsham, Pennsylvania; now called Commonwealth Natl GC].
1970Wmn AmericaLincoln-Mercury OpenRound Hill CC217 (-2)$3,450
Played as the Lincoln-Mercury Open. Second-placed Kathy Whitworth (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rankin (USA). [Round Hill CC, Alamo, California].
1970Wmn AmericaSpringfield OpenNorthwood Hills209 (-10)$3,000
Played as the Springfield Jaycee Open. Lesley Holbert (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rankin (USA). [Northwood Hills, Springfield, Ohio].
1968Wmn AmericaCorpus Christi Civitan OpenPharaoh CC213 (+3)$1,875
Played as the Corpus Christi Civitan Open. First-time LPGA Tour winner Rankin (USA) beat Sandra Spuzich (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole. [Pharaoh CC, Corpus Christi, Texas; now permanently closed].

 

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