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Name: - Mary Kathryn "Mickey" Wright
Country: - USA
Born : - On February 14th, 1935 in San Diego, California.
Original Home/Club: - La Jolla CC, San Diego
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1956 (age 19)

Roll of Honour

Majors (13) including a "career slam" of four different majors. Total professional wins (90), of which US LPGA Tour (82). LPGA Tr leading money winner (1961, '62, '63, '64). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1964).


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At the end of a distinguished amateur career, Wright left Stanford University after just a year to concentrate on golf, turning professional in 1954 at the age of 19. From the mid-50s until the early-70s there was a confidence and invincibility about her play, which brought her a total of 82 LPGA wins, including 13 major championships. In several years, especially in the early '60s, she recorded 10 or more Tour wins in a season. Walker was certainly the greatest woman professional golfer of the late 50's and early 60's, but many would say "of all time." In a similar way and at a similar time, she did for the LPGA Tour what Arnold Palmer was doing for the men's game. It was said that sponsors would threaten to cancel their tournaments if she didn't play. She remains the only player in LPGA history to hold all the major championship titles at the same time.


Top tournaments won by Mickey Wright

1973Wmn AmericaANA InspirationMission Hills CC284 (-4)$25,000
Played as the Colgate Dinah Shore Winners Circle (2nd). Second-placed Joyce Kazmierski (USA) finished 2 shots behind Wright (USA). [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].
1969Wmn AmericaBluegrass Invtl.216$2,325
Played as the Bluegrass Invitational. Betsy Rawls finished in second place behind Wright.
1968Wmn America500 Ladies ClassicBrickyard Crossing212 (-4)$2,250
Played as the inaugural (and only) "500" Ladies Classic (June 14-16). Kathy Whitworth (USA) finished 3 shots behind Wright (USA), who recorded her 80th LPGA Tour win. [Brickyard Crossing GC, at the time known as Speedway GC, Indianapolis, IN].
1968Wmn AmericaPalm Beach Cty Open215$1,875
Played as the Palm Beach County Open. Carol Mann and Ruth Jessen finished in second place behind Wright.
1968Wmn AmericaPort Malabar Invtl.216$1,500
Played as the Port Malabar Invitational. Marilynn Smith finished in second place behind Wright.
1968Wmn AmericaTall City Open204$2,625
Played as the Tall City Open. Shirley Englehorn finished in second place behind Wright.
1967Wmn AmericaBluegrass Invtl.208$1,500
Played as the Bluegrass Ladies Invitational. Kathy Whitworth finished in second place behind Wright.
1967Wmn AmericaLady Carling - BaltimorePine Ridge GC207 (-9)$2,250
Played as the Lady Carling Open. Second-placed Carol Mann (USA) finished 8 shots behind Wright (USA). [Pine Ridge GC, Baltimore, Maryland].
1967Wmn AmericaPensacola Ladies Invtl.210$1,500
Played as the Pensacola Ladies Invitational. Sandra Haynie finished in second place behind Wright.
1967Wmn AmericaSeven Lakes Invtl.51$600
Played as the Seven Lakes Invitational. Betsy Rawls, Beth Stone and Sandra Spuzich finished in second place behind Wright.
1967Wmn AmericaShreveport Invtl.219$1,500
Played as the Shreveport Kiwanis Invitational. Sandra Haynie finished in second place behind Wright.
1966Wmn AmericaBluegrass Invtl.210$1,500
Played as the Bluegrass Ladies Invitational. Sandra Haynie finished in second place behind Wright.
1966Wmn AmericaLadies World Series136$9,500
Played as the Ladies World Series of Golf. Sandra Haynie finished in second place behind Wright.
1966Wmn AmericaMickey Wright Invtl.289$1,500
Played as the Mickey Wright Invitational. Clifford Ann Creed finished in second place behind Wright.
1966Wmn AmericaPacific Ladies Classic284$1,500
Played as the Pacific Ladies Classic. Clifford Ann Creed finished in second place behind Wright.
1966Wmn AmericaShirley Englehorn Invtl.203$1,500
Played as the Shirley Englehorn Invitational. Sandra Haynie finished in second place behind Wright. This was Wright's third straight win coming in as many weeks.
1966Wmn AmericaShreveport Invtl.217$1,350
Played as the Shreveport Kiwanis Invitational. Kathy Whitworth finished in second place behind Wright.
1966Wmn AmericaVenice Ladies Open217$1,275
Played as the Venice Ladies Open. Beth Stone finished in second place behind Wright.
1966Wmn MajorsWomen's Western OpenRainbow Springs, WI302 (+2)$1,500
The Women's Western Open (37th). Second-placed Jo Ann Prentice (USA) finished 1 shot behind Wright (USA). [Rainbow Springs GC, Mukwonago, Wisconsin].
1965Wmn AmericaBaton Rouge Ladies Invtl.214$1,275
Played as the Baton Rouge LPGA Open. Wright (USA) beat Jo Ann Prentice (USA) at the second playoff hole.
1965Wmn AmericaDallas Civitan OpenGlen Lakes CC283 (-1)$2,100
Played as the Dallas Civitan Open. Second-placed Kathy Whitworth (USA) finished 1 shot behind Wright (USA). [Glen Lakes CC, Dallas, TX; club/course no longer exists].
1964Wmn AmericaClifford Ann Creed Invtl.214$1,250
Played as the Clifford Ann Creed Invitational. Kathy Cornelius finished in second place behind Wright.
1964Wmn AmericaLady Carling - EasternPleasant Valley, Mass.220 (-2)$1,500
Played as the Lady Carling Eastern Open (Jun 19 - 21). Second-placed Kathy Whitworth (USA) finished 1 shot behind Wright (USA). [Pleasant Valley CC, Sutton, Massachusetts].
1964Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA72.46n/a
Wright (USA) won her fifth straight Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
1964Wmn AmericaMary Mills Invtl.215$2,550
Played as the Mary Mills Mississippi Gulf Coast Invitational. Marlee Hagge finished second to Wright.
1964Wmn AmericaMilwaukee Open289$2,000
Played as the Milwaukee Jaycee Open. Ruth Jessen finished in second place behind Wright.
1964Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$29,800see Score
Wright (USA) won her fourth straight LPGA Tour Money List, with 1964 season earnings of $29,800 on the Tour. Ruth Jessen (USA) was second on the money list.
1964Wmn AmericaMuskogee Open213$1.250
Played as the Muskogee Civitan Open Invitational. Marlene Hagge finished in second place behind Wright. This was Wright's third straight LPGA tour win in as many weeks.
1964Wmn AmericaPeach Blossom Open215$1,200
Played as the Peach Blossom Open Invitational. Gloria Armstrong and Shirley Englehorn finished in second place behind Wright.
1964Wmn AmericaSquirt Open215$2,000
Played as the Squirt Ladies Open Invitational. Kathy Whitworth finished in second place behind Wright.
1964Wmn AmericaTall City Open207$1,350
Played as the Tall City Open. Sherry Wheeler finished in second place behind Wright.
1964Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenSan Diego CC290 (-2)$2,200
The US Women's Open (19th) (July 9-12). Wright (USA) beat Ruth Jessen (USA) in an 18-hole playoff: Wright 70 (-2), Jessen 72 (E). This was the last of Wright's four wins in this event. [San Diego CC, Chula Vista, Calif.].
1964Wmn AmericaVisalia Open284$1,350
Played as the Visalia Ladies Open. Shirley Englehorn finished in second place behind Wright.
1964Wmn AmericaWaldemar Open215$1,350
Played as the Waldemar Open. Ruth Jessen finished in second place behind Wright.
1963Wmn AmericaAlbuquerque Pro-Am211$1,350
Played as the Albuquerque Swing Parade. Marilynn Smith finished in second place behind Wright.
1963Wmn AmericaAlpine Open219$1,200
Played as the Alpine Civitan Open. Jo Ann Prentice finished in second place behind Wright.
1963Wmn AmericaBabe Zaharias Open209$1,250
Played as the Babe Zaharias Open Invitational. Clifford Ann Creed finished in second place behind Wright. This was Wright's fourth straight LPGA tour win in as many weeks.
1963Wmn AmericaDallas Civitan OpenGlen Lakes CC283 (-1)$2,000
Played as the Dallas Civitan Open. Second-placed Sandra Haynie (USA) finished 5 shots behind Wright (USA), who recorded her third LPGA Tour win in as many weeks. [Glen Lakes CC, Dallas, TX; club/course no longer exists].
1963Wmn AmericaIdaho Open210$1,200
Played as the Idaho Centennial Ladies Open. Kathy Whitworth finished in second place behind Wright.
1963Wmn AmericaJCPenney ClassicPinecrest Lakes273 (-15)$2,800
Played as the Haig & Haig Scotch Mixed Foursome Invtl (two-person team event; one PGA Tr, one LPGA Tr). Winning team by 1 shot: Dave Ragan (USA) & Mickey Wright (USA). Second-place: Mason Rudolph (USA) & Kathy Whitworth (USA). [Co-hosted by Pinecrest Lakes GC (now Pinecrest GC), Avon Park, FL and Harder Hall GC, Sebring, FL].
1963Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA72.81n/a
Wright (USA) won her fourth straight Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
1963Wmn AmericaMickey Wright Invtl.222$1,300
Played as the Mickey Wright Invitational. Betsy Rawls and Jackie Pung finished in second place behind Wright.
1963Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$31,269see Score
Wright (USA) won her third straight LPGA Tour Money List, with 1963 season earnings of $31,269 on the Tour. Kathy Whitworth (USA) was second on the money list.
1963Wmn AmericaMuskogee Open285$1.250
Played as the Muskogee Civitan Open. Marilynn Smith finished in second place behind Wright.
1963Wmn AmericaSea Island Open212$1,000
Played as the Sea Island Women's Invitational. Ruth Jessen finished in second place behind Wright.
1963Wmn AmericaSt Petersburg Open (LPGA)Sunset G&CC, FL288 (+4)$2,350
Played as the St Petersburg Women's Open. Wright (USA) beat Marilynn Smith (USA) in a Monday playoff. [Sunset G&CC, St Petersburg, Florida; now called Vinoy GC].
1963Wmn MajorsUS Women's PGAStardust CC, NV294 (+2)$2,450
The LPGA Championship (9th) (Oct 10-13). Second-placed Mary Lena Faulk (USA), Louise Suggs (USA) and Mary Mills (USA) finished 2 shots behind Wright (USA), who recorded her fourth and final LPGA Championship win. [Stardust CC, Las Vegas, NV; now called Las Vegas National GC].
1963Wmn AmericaVisalia Open285$1,350
Played as the Visalia Ladies Open. Betsy Rawls finished in second place behind Wright.
1963Wmn AmericaWaterloo Open208$1,200
Played as the Waterloo Women's Open Invitational. Sandra Haynie finished in second place behind Wright.
1963Wmn MajorsWomen's Western OpenMaple Bluff CC292 (-4)$1,200
The Women's Western Open (34th). Second-placed Kathy Whitworth (USA) finished 9 shots behind defending champion Wright (USA). [Maple Bluff CC, Madison, Wisconsin].
1962Wmn AmericaAlbuquerque Pro-Am219$1,000
Played as the Albuquerque Swing Parade. Kathy Whitworth finished in second place behind Wright.
1962Wmn AmericaCavern City Open219$1,200
Played as the Carlsbad Cavern Open. Kathy Whitworth finished in second place behind Wright.
1962Wmn AmericaHeart of America Invtl.286$1,000
Played as the Heart of America Invitational. Mary Mills finished in second place behind Wright.
1962Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA73.67n/a
Wright (USA) won her third straight Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
1962Wmn AmericaMilwaukee Open289$1,350
Played as the Milwaukee Open. Patty Berg and Jo Ann Prentice finished in second place behind Wright.
1962Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$21,641see Score
Wright (USA) won her second straight LPGA Tour Money List, with 1962 season earnings of $21,641 on the Tour. For the second straight year Kathy Whitworth was second on the money list.
1962Wmn AmericaNaples Pro-Am143$612
Played as the Naples Pro-Am. Patty Berg finished in second place behind Mickey Wright and Marilynn Smith.
1962Wmn AmericaSalt Lake City Open292$1,200
Played as the Salt Lake City Open. Kathy Whitworth finished in second place behind Wright. This was Wright's third straight LPGA Tour win in as many weeks.
1962Wmn AmericaSan Diego Open (LPGA)286$1,300
Played as the San Diego Open. Kathy Whitworth finished in second place behind Wright.
1962Wmn AmericaSea Island Open226$1,000
Played as the Sea Island Women's Invitational. Betsy Rawls finished in second place behind Wright.
1962Wmn AmericaSpokane Open275$1,200
Played as the Spokane Open. Kathy Whitworth finished in second place behind Wright. This was Wright's fourth straight win on the LPGA Tour in as many weeks.
1962Wmn MajorsTitleholders Ch'shipAugusta CC295 (+7)$1,330
The Titleholders Championship (23rd). Defending champion Mickey Wright (USA) beat Ruth Jessen (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Wright 69, Jessen 72). [Augusta CC, Augusta, GA].
1962Wmn MajorsWomen's Western OpenMontgomery CC295 (+7)$1,200
The Women's Western Open (33rd). Wright (USA) beat Mary Lena Faulk (USA) at the fourth sudden-death playoff hole. [Montgomery CC, Montgomery, AL].
1961Wmn AmericaColumbus Open (LPGA)292$998
Played as the Columbus Open. Marilynn Smith and Mary Lena Faulk finished in second place behind Wright.
1961Wmn AmericaJCPenney ClassicPinecrest Lakes272 (-16)$1,729
Played as the Haig & Haig Scotch Mixed Foursome (two-person team event; one PGA Tr, one LPGA Tr). Winning team: Dave Ragan (USA) & Mickey Wright (USA). [Co-hosted by Pinecrest Lakes GC (now Pinecrest GC), Avon Park, FL and Harder Hall GC, Sebring, FL].
1961Wmn AmericaLas Vegas LPGA287$2,500
Played as the LPGA Las Vegas Open.
1961Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA73.55n/a
Wright (USA) won her second straight Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
1961Wmn AmericaMiami Open (LPGA)220$1,247
Played as the Miami Open. Louise Suggs, Marlene Hagge and Mary Lena Faulk finished in second place behind Wright.
1961Wmn AmericaMickey Wright Invtl.290$1,450
Played as the Mickey Wright Open Invitational.
1961Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$22,236see Score
Wright (USA) won the LPGA Tour 1961 Money List, with earnings of $22,236 on the Tour. Betsy Rawls (USA) was second on the money list.
1961Wmn AmericaSacramento Open223$1,450
Played as the Sacramento Valley Open.
1961Wmn AmericaSpokane Open280$1,247
Played as the Spokane Women's Open.
1961Wmn AmericaSt Petersburg Open (LPGA)Sunset G&CC, FL279 (-5)$1,247
Played as the St Petersburg Open. Second-placed Louise Suggs (USA) finished 4 shots behind Wright (USA). [Sunset G&CC, St Petersburg, Florida; now called Vinoy GC].
1961Wmn MajorsTitleholders Ch'shipAugusta CC299 (+11)$1,200
The Titleholders Championship (22nd). Second-placed Louise Suggs (USA) and Patty Berg (USA) finished 1 shot behind Wright (USA). [Augusta CC, Augusta, GA].
1961Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenBaltusrol GC293 (+5)$1,800
The US Women's Open (16th) (Jun 29-Jul 1). Second-placed and defending champion Betsy Rawls (USA) finished 6 shots behind Wright (USA), who claimed her third win in this championship. [Lower course, Baltusrol GC, Springfield, NJ].
1961Wmn MajorsUS Women's PGAStardust CC, NV287 (+3)$2,500
The LPGA Championship (7th) (Oct 12-15). Second-placed Louise Suggs (USA) finished 9 shots behind defending champion Wright (USA), who recorded the third of her four LPGA Championship wins. [Stardust CC, Las Vegas, NV; now called Las Vegas National GC].
1961Wmn AmericaWaterloo Open286$1,247
Played as the Waterloo Women's Open.
1960Wmn AmericaEastern Open (LPGA)213$1,247
Played as the Eastern Open. Bonnie Randolph finished in second place behind Wright.
1960Wmn AmericaGrossinger Open218$1,247
Played as the Grossinger Open. Joyce Ziske finished in second place behind Wright.
1960Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA73.25n/a
Wright (USA) won the Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
1960Wmn AmericaMemphis Open278$1,247
Played as the Memphis Open. Louise Suggs and Ruth Jessen finished in second place behind Wright.
1960Wmn AmericaSea Island Open219$997
Played as the Sea Island Women's Open. Kathy Cornelius finished in second place behind Wright.
1960Wmn AmericaTampa Open217$1,247
Played as the Tampa Open. Joyce Ziske and Patty Berg finished in second place behind Wright.
1960Wmn MajorsUS Women's PGAFrench Lick292 (-4)$1,500
The LPGA Championship (6th) (July 1-4). Second-placed Louise Suggs (USA) finished 3 shots behind Wright (USA), who recorded the second of her four LPGA Championship wins. [Ross course, French Lick Resort, French Lick, Indiana].
1959Wmn AmericaCavalier Open207$997
Played as the Cavalier Open. Beverly Hanson finished in second place behind Wright.
1959Wmn AmericaHoosier Classic68$350
Played as the Hoosier Celebrity Classic. Fay Crocker and Jo Ann Prentice finished in second place behind Wright.
1959Wmn AmericaIntl. Open (LPGA)291$2,090
Played as the Alliance Machine International Open. Marlene Hagge and Murle MacKenzie finished in second place behind Wright.
1959Wmn AmericaJacksonville Ladies Open286$997
Played as the Jacksonville Open. Betsy Rawls finished in second place behind Wright.
1959Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenChurchill Valley287 (+7)$1,800
The US Women's Open (14th) (June 25-27). For the second straight year Louise Suggs (USA) was runner-up to Wright (USA), this time by a margin of 2 shots. [Churchill Valley CC, Pittsburgh, PA].
1958Wmn AmericaDallas Civitan OpenGlen Lakes CC284 (E)$1,247
Played as the Dallas Open. Wright (USA) beat Beverly Hanson (USA) by 3 shots in an 18-hole playoff. [Glen Lakes CC, Dallas, TX; club/course no longer exists].
1958Wmn AmericaOpie Turner Open222x
Played as the Opie Turner Open. Louise Suggs finished in second place behind Wright.
1958Wmn AmericaSea Island Open224$831
Played as the Sea Island Open. Betsy Rawls finished in second place behind Wright.
1958Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenForest Lake CC290 (-2)$1,800
The US Women's Open (13th) (June 26-28). Second-placed Louise Suggs (USA) finished 5 shots behind wire-to-wire winner Wright (USA), who landed the second of her 13 major championship titles. [Forest Lake CC, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit, Mich.].
1958Wmn MajorsUS Women's PGAChurchill Valley288 (+8)$1,247
The LPGA Championship (4th) (June 5-8). Second-placed Fay Crocker (Uruguay) finished 6 shots behind 23-year-old Wright (USA), who claimed the first of her thirteen major championship wins. Three weeks later Wright also won the US Women's Open. [Churchill Valley CC, Pittsburgh, PA].
1957Wmn AmericaJacksonville Ladies Open295$880
Played as the Jacksonville Open. Marlene Hagge finished in second place behind Wright.
1957Wmn AmericaSea Island Open220$880
Played as the Sea Island Open. Louise Suggs finished in second place behind Wright.
1957Wmn AmericaWolverine Open284$1,392
Played as the Wolverine Open. Wiffi Smith finished in second place behind Wright.
1956Wmn AmericaJacksonville Ladies Open294$900
Played as the Jacksonville Open. Joyce Ziske finished in second place behind Wright.
1952Wmn AmateurUS Amateur (Girls)Monterey Peninsula1 upamateur
Played as the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. Wright (USA) beat Barbara McIntire (USA) by 1 hole in the final. [Dunes course, Monterey Peninsula CC, Pebble Beach, Calif.].

 

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