Who's who in golf - Nancy Lopez


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Name: - Nancy Marie Lopez
Country: - USA
Born : - January 6, 1957 in Torrance, Los Angeles County, California.
Original Home/Club: - San Diego, California
Occupation: - Professional golfer; founder of Nancy Lopez Golf (makers of women's golf clubs, apparel and accessories); TV commentator & analyst.
Turned Pro: - 1977
Web Address: - http://www.nancylopezgolf.com

Roll of Honour

Majors (3). Curtis Cup player (1976). Solheim Cup player (1990). Solheim Cup captain (2005). Total professional wins (52), of which US LPGA Tour (48). LPGA leading money winner (1978, '79, '85). Old Tom Morris Award (2000, GCSAA). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1989).


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Lopez' tremendous talent for golf showed early. She won the New Mexico Women's Amateur aged 12, and the US Girls' Junior aged 15 and 17. As an 18-year old amateur, she came second in the US Women's Open in 1975. She left the University of Tulsa after her second year, turning professional in 1977. In 1978, her first full season on the LPGA Tour, Lopez won nine times, and was showered with honours including the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year and Leading Money Winner. 1979 was another hugely succesful year. Although one of the greats of the LPGA Tour from the late '70s to early '90s, Lopez won only three major championships, and did not win the U.S. Women's Open (although she finished second four times). Lopez retired from regular tournament play in 2002. An attempted comeback in 2007 and 2008 was largely unsuccessful. Her company, Nancy Lopez Golf, makes a full line of women's clubs, apparel and accessories. She has occasionally worked in golf television commentary.


Top tournaments won by Nancy Lopez

1997Wmn AmericaChick-fil-A Ch'shipEagle's Landing CC137 (-7)$82,500
Played as the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship (April 25-27). Second-placed Tina Barrett (USA), Deb Richard (USA) and Karrie Webb (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Lopez (USA), who recorded the last of her 48 LPGA Tour wins. Reduced to 36 holes due to bad weather. [Eagle's Landing CC, Stockbridge, nr Atlanta, GA].
1993Wmn AmericaGiant Eagle LPGA ClassicAvalon Lakes CC203 (-13)$82,500
Played as the Youngstown-Warren LPGA Classic. Lopez (USA) beat Deb Richard (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Avalon Lakes CC, Warren, Ohio].
1992Wmn AmericaPortland ClassicColumbia Edgewater209 (-7)$67,500
Played as the PING-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship. Lopez (USA) beat Jane Crafter (Aus/USA) with a par at the second playoff hole. [Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, Oregon].
1992Wmn AmericaState Farm ClassicRail GC199 (-17)$67,500
Played as the Rail Charity Golf Classic. Lopez (USA) beat Laura Davies (Eng) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Rail GC, Springfield, Illinois].
1991Wmn AmericaSara Lee ClassicHermitage GC, TN206 (-10)$63,750
Played as the Sara Lee Classic. Second-placed Kris Monaghan (USA) finished 2 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Hermitage GC, Old Hickory, Nashville, TN].
1990Wmn AmericaMBS LPGA ClassicLos Coyotes CC281 (-7)$48,750
Played as the MBS LPGA Classic. Defending champion Lopez (USA) beat Cathy Gerring (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Los Coyotes CC, Buena Park, nr Los Angeles, CA].
1989Wmn AmericaMBS LPGA ClassicLos Coyotes CC277 (-11)$45,000
Played as the inaugural Nippon Travel MBS Classic. Second-placed Alice Ritzman (USA) and Pamela Wright (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Los Coyotes CC, Buena Park, nr Los Angeles, CA].
1989Wmn AmericaShopRite ClassicGreate Bay CC206 (-4)$33,750
Played as the Atlantic City Classic. Second-placed Vicki Fergon (USA) and Christa Johnson (USA) finished 1 shot behind Lopez (USA). [Greate Bay CC, Somers Point, NJ; at the time known as Sands CC].
1989Wmn MajorsUS Women's PGAKings Island274 (-14)$75,000
The Mazda LPGA Championship (35th) (May 18-31). Second-placed Ayako Okamoto (Jpn) finished 3 shots behind Lopez (USA). Lopez recorded the last of her three major championship wins, all of which came in the LPGA Championship at Kings Island. [Grizzly course, The Golf Center at Kings Island, Mason, OH].
1988Wmn AmericaAi Star / Centinela ClassicRancho Park210 (-6)$60,000
Played as the AI Star/Centinela Hospital Classic. Lopez (USA) beat Marta Figueras-Dotti (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole. [Rancho Park GC, Los Angeles, CA].
1988Wmn AmericaChrysler-Plymouth ClassicNavesink CC204 (-12)$37,500
Played as the Chrysler-Plymouth Classic. Second-placed Jan Stephenson (Aus) finished 8 shots behind Lopez (USA), who closed with a six-under-par 66. [Navesink CC, Middletown, New Jersey].
1988Wmn AmericaHealthSouth InauguralStonebridge CC, FL283 (-5)$30,000
Played as the Mazda Classic. Second-placed Marta Figueras-Dotti (Esp) finished 2 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Stonebridge CC, Boca Raton, Florida].
1988Wmn AwardsPlyr of Yr - LPGA49 ptsn/a
Lopez (USA) won her fourth LPGA Tour Player of the Year Award, based on a points system for top 10 finishes and performance in Majors.
1987Wmn AmericaMazda ChampionsTryall Club191 (-22)$250,000
Played as the Mazda Champions (Dec 18-20; unofficial 54-hole better-ball team event; teams comprised an LPGA Tr and Snr PGA Tr player). Second-placed team of Colleen Walker (USA) & Arnold Palmer (USA) finished 3 shots behind Nancy Lopez (USA) & Miller Barber (USA). [Tryall Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica].
1987Wmn AmericaPortland ClassicColumbia Edgewater210 (-6)$33,750
Played as the Cellular One-Ping LPGA Golf Championship. Second-placed Kelly Leadbetter (USA), Muffin Spencer-Devlin (USA) and Jan Stephenson (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Lopez (USA). [Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, Oregon].
1987Wmn AmericaSarasota ClassicBent Tree CC, FL281 (-7)$30,000
Played as the Sarasota Classic. Second-placed Anne-Marie Palli (Fra) and Kathy Baker (USA; became Kathy Guadagnino later in 1987) finished 3 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Bent Tree CC, nr Sarasota, Florida].
1985Wmn AmericaChrysler-Plymouth ClassicFairmont CC, NJ210 (-9)$26,250
Played as the Chrysler-Plymouth Classic. Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA) finished 3 shots behind Lopez (USA), who recorded her 30th LPGA Tour win. [Fairmont CC, Chatham Township, New Jersey].
1985Wmn AmericaHall of Fame Ch'shipSweetwater CC281 (-7)$45,000
Played as the Mazda Hall of Fame Championship. Second-placed Allison Finney (USA) and JoAnne Carner (USA) finished 3 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Sweetwater CC, Sugar Land, nr Houston, Texas].
1985Wmn AmericaHenredon ClassicWillow Creek CC268 (-20)$31,500
Played as the Henredon Classic. Second-placed Val Skinner (USA) finished 10 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Willow Creek CC, High Point, North Carolina; now known as the Willow Creek course of High Point CC].
1985Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA70.73n/a
Lopez (USA) won her third Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
1985Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$416,472see Score
Lopez (USA) won her third LPGA Tour Money List, with 1985 season earnings of $416,472 on the Tour. Pat Bradley (USA) was second with $387,377; Alice Miller (USA) was third with $334,525.
1985Wmn AwardsPlyr of Yr - LPGA85 ptsn/a
Lopez (USA) won her third LPGA Tour Player of the Year Award, based on a points system for top 10 finishes and performance in Majors.
1985Wmn AmericaPortland ClassicRiverside G&CC215 (-1)$26,250
Played as the Portland PING Championship. Lopez (USA) beat Lori Garbacz (USA) with a birdie at the third playoff hole. [Riverside G&CC, Portland, Oregon].
1985Wmn MajorsUS Women's PGAKings Island273 (-15)$37,500
The LPGA Championship (31st) (May 30-Jun 2). Second-placed Alice Miller (USA) finished 8 shots behind wire-to-wire winner Lopez (USA), who claimed her second LPGA Championship title. [Grizzly course, The Golf Center at Kings Island, Mason, OH].
1984Wmn AmericaSamsung World Ch'shipShaker Heights281 (-7)$65,000
Played as the Chevrolet World Championship of Women's Golf. Second-placed and defending champion JoAnne Carner (USA) finished 1 shot behind Lopez (USA). [Shaker Heights CC, nr Cleveland, Ohio].
1984Wmn AmericaUniden LPGA InvtlMesa Verde CC284 (E)$45,000
Played as the inaugural Uniden LPGA Invitational (March 1-4). Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA) finished 3 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Mesa Verde CC, Costa Mesa, nr Newport Beach, CA].
1983Wmn AmericaElizabeth Arden ClassicTurnberry Isle285 (-3)$22,500
Played as the Elizabeth Arden Classic. Second-placed Betsy King (USA), Stephanie Farwig (USA), Pat Bradley (USA) and defending champion JoAnne Carner (USA) finished 1 shot behind Lopez (USA). [Soffer course, Turberry Isle Resort, Aventura, FL; at the time called the South course, Turnberry Isle CC].
1983Wmn AmericaJ&B Scotch Pro-AmDesert Inn CC283 (-5)$30,000
Played as the J&B Scotch Pro-Am. Second-placed Laura Baugh Cole (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Lopez (USA). [Desert Inn CC, Las Vegas, Nevada; now known as Wynn Las Vegas. Earlier rounds also at Las Vegas CC].
1982Wmn AmericaJ&B Scotch Pro-AmDesert Inn CC279 (-10)$30,000
Played as the J&B Scotch Pro-Am. Second-placed Sandra Haynie (USA) finished 5 shots behind Lopez (USA; at the time Lopez-Melton). [Desert Inn CC, Las Vegas, Nevada; now known as Wynn Las Vegas. Earlier rounds also at Las Vegas CC].
1982Wmn AsiaJapan Classic (LPGA)Meishin Yokaichi CC207 (-9)US$30,000
Played as the Mazda Japan Classic (LPGA & Jpn LPGA Trs event). Amy Alcott (USA) finished 6 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Meishen Yokaichi CC, Yokaichi, Shiga, Jpn].
1981Wmn AmericaANA InspirationMission Hills CC277 (-11)$37,500
Played as the Colgate Dinah Shore (10th). Second-placed Carolyn Hill (USA) finished 2 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].
1981Wmn AmericaWegmans LPGALocust Hill CC285 (-7)$18,750
Played as the Sarah Coventry Classic. Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Lopez (USA). [Locust Hill CC, Pittsford, Rochester, NY].
1981Wmn AmericaWelch's ChampionshipRandolph GC278 (-14)$18,750
Played as the inaugural Arizona Copper Classic. Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA) finished 4 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Randolph GC, Tucson, AZ; formerly called North course, Randolph Park].
1980Wmn AmericaJCPenney ClassicBardmoor CC268 (-20)$36,000
Played as the JCPenney Mixed Team Classic (two-person team event; one PGA Tr, one LPGA Tr). Winning team: Curtis Strange (USA) & Nancy Lopez (USA). Second place: Craig Stadler (USA) & Lori Garbacz (USA) and Gibby Gilbert (USA) & Sandra Spuzich (USA). [Bardmoor CC, Largo, FL].
1980Wmn AmericaState Farm ClassicRail GC275 (-13)$18,750
Played as the Rail Charity Golf Classic. Second-placed JoAnne Carner (USA) finished 1 shot behind Lopez (USA), who recorded her 20th LPGA Tour win. [Rail GC, Springfield, Illinois].
1980Wmn AmericaWegmans LPGALocust Hill CC283 (-9)$18,750
Played as the Sarah Coventry Classic. Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA) finished 1 shot behind Lopez (USA). [Locust Hill CC, Pittsford, Rochester, NY].
1980Wmn AmericaWomen's Kemper OpenMesa Verde CC284 (E)$22,500
Played as the Women's Kemper Open. Jo Ann Washam (USA) and Debbie Massey (USA) finished 2 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Mesa Verde CC, Costa Mesa, nr Newport Beach, CA].
1979Wmn AmericaChrysler-Plymouth ClassicUpper Montclair CC216 (-3)$15,000
Played as the Coca-Cola Classic. Defending champion Lopez (USA) beat Mickey Wright (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. Jo Ann Washam (USA), Hollis Stacy (USA) and Bonnie Bryant (USA) were eliminated at the first playoff hole. [Upper Montclair CC, Clifton, New Jersey].
1979Wmn AmericaCPC InternationalMoss Creek Plantn282 (-6)$12,000
Played as the Women's International. Second-placed Donna White (USA) finished 3 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Moss Creek Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC; now called Moss Creek GC].
1979Wmn AmericaDallas Civitan OpenBent Tree CC, TX274 (-14)$19,500
Played as the Mary Kay Classic. Second-placed Sandra Post (Can) finished 2 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Bent Tree CC, Dallas, Texas].
1979Wmn EuropeEuropean Women's OpenSunningdale, Eng282 (-14)US$15,000
Played as the Colgate European Women's Open (Aug 2-5; LPGA Tr event). Second-placed Joyce Kazmierski (USA) finished four shots behind defending champion Lopez (USA). [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].
1979Wmn AmericaGolden Lights Ch'ship280$15,000
Played as the Golden Lights Championship. Pat Bradley finished in second place behind Lopez.
1979Wmn AmericaJ&B Scotch Pro-AmSahara CC274 (-16)$15,000
Played as the Sahara National Pro-Am. Second-placed Donna Caponi Young (USA) finished 2 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Sahara CC, Las Vegas, Nevada; now called Las Vegas National GC. Earlier rounds also at Las Vegas CC].
1979Wmn AmericaLady Keystone OpenHershey CC212 (-4)$15,000
Played as the Lady Keystone Open. Second-placed Sally Little (RSA) and Kathy Whitworth (USA) finished 2 shots behind Lopez (USA). [West course, Hershey CC, Hershey, PA].
1979Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA71.20n/a
Lopez (USA) won her second straight Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
1979Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$197,489see Score
Lopez (USA) won her second straight LPGA Tour Money List, with 1979 season earnings of $197,489 on the Tour. Sandra Post (USA) was second on the money list.
1979Wmn AwardsPlyr of Yr - LPGA88 ptsn/a
Lopez (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.
1979Wmn AmericaPortland ClassicPortland GC198 (-21)$20,000
Played as the Portland PING Team Championship (unofficial LPGA Tr team event). Second-placed Susie Berning (USA) & Carole Jo Skala (USA) finished 1 shot behind Nancy Lopez (USA) & Jo Ann Washam (USA). [Portland GC, Portland, Oregon].
1979Wmn AmericaSunstar ClassicRancho Park280 (-8)$15,000
Played as the Sunstar Classic (March 8-11). Second-placed Hollis Stacy (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Lopez (USA). [Rancho Park GC, Los Angeles, CA].
1978Wmn AmericaChrysler-Plymouth ClassicForsgate CC210 (-3)$15,000
Played as the Coca-Cola Classic. Lopez (USA) beat JoAnne Carner (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Forsgate CC, Monroe Township, New Jersey].
1978Wmn EuropeEuropean Women's OpenSunningdale, Eng289 (-7)US$15,000
Played as the Colgate European Women's Open (Aug 3-6; LPGA Tr event). Mary Dwyer (USA), JoAnne Carner (USA) and Sally Little (RSA) finished in second place behind Lopez (USA), who recorded her eighth win of the year. [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].
1978Wmn AsiaFar East Open216$15,000
Played as the Colgate Far East Open. Kathy Whitworth and Silvia Bertolaccini finished in second place behind Lopez.
1978Wmn AmericaLady Carling - BaltimorePine Ridge GC212 (-7)$9,750
Played as the Greater Baltimore Classic. Second-placed Donna Caponi (USA) finished 3 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Pine Ridge GC, Baltimore, Maryland].
1978Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA71.76n/a
Lopez (USA) won the Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
1978Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$189,813see Score
Lopez (USA) won the LPGA Tour 1978 Money List, with earnings of $189,813 on the Tour. Pat Bradley (USA) was second on the money list.
1978Wmn AwardsPlyr of Yr - LPGA92 ptsn/a
Lopez (USA) won the LPGA Tour Player of the Year Award, based on a points system for top 10 finishes and performance in Majors.
1978Wmn AwardsRookie of Yr - LPGAxx
Lopez (USA) won the LPGA Tour 1978 Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player.
1978Wmn AmericaSarasota ClassicBent Tree CC, FL289 (+1)$15,000
Played as the Bent Tree Ladies Classic. Second-placed Jo Ann Washam (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time LPGA Tour winner Lopez (USA), who went on to record another eight LPGA Tour wins in 1978. [Bent Tree CC, nr Sarasota, Florida].
1978Wmn AmericaSunstar ClassicRancho Park285 (-3)$15,000
Played as the inaugural Sunstar Classic (March 9-12). Second-placed Debbie Massey (USA) and Debbie Austin (USA) finished 1 shot behind Lopez (USA), who recorded her second LPGA Tour win. [Rancho Park GC, Los Angeles, CA].
1978Wmn MajorsUS Women's PGAKings Island275 (-13)$22,500
The LPGA Championship (24th) (June 8-11). Second-placed Amy Alcott (USA) finished 6 shots behind 21-year-old LPGA Tour rookie Lopez (USA). [Grizzly course, The Golf Center at Kings Island, Mason, OH].
1978Wmn AmericaWegmans LPGALocust Hill CC214 (-5)$11,250
Played as the Bankers Trust Classic. Second-placed Debbie Massey (USA) and Jane Blalock (USA) finished 2 shots behind Lopez (USA). [Locust Hill CC, Pittsford, Rochester, NY].
1974Wmn AmateurUS Amateur (Girls)Columbia Edgewater7 & 5amateur
Played as the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. Lopez (USA) beat Lauren Howe (USA) 7 and 5 in the final to win this event for the second time in three years. [Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, Oregon].
1972Wmn AmateurUS Amateur (Girls)Jefferson City CC1 upamateur
Played as the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. Lopez (USA) beat Cathy Morse (USA) by 1 hole in the final. [Jefferson City CC, Missouri].

 

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