Who's who in golf - Patty Berg


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Name: - Patricia Jane "Patty" Berg
Country: - USA
Lived : - [1918-2006]. Born Feb 13, 1918 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Died Sept 10, 2006 in Ft Myers, Florida, aged 88.
Original Home/Club: - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Occupation: - Professional golfer, golf instructor, golf writer and founder member of the LPGA.
Turned Pro: - 1940

Roll of Honour

Majors (15). US Women's Amateur champion (1938). Curtis Cup player (1936, '38). Total professional wins (63), of which LPGA Tour (60). US LPGA leading money winner (1954, '55,'57). Old Tom Morris Award (1986, GCSAA). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1951).


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No figure in women's golf spanned as many eras or did as much for her sport as Patty Berg - a superb player, great promoter, wonderful teacher and a charismatic personality. She began playing golf at the age of 13 and showed a remarkable talent for the game. Always outgoing and enthusiastic, she became a prolific winner of amateur and professional golf championships in the 1940s and 1950s. Her tournament record, with a total of 60 LPGA Tour wins, includes a record 15 major championships (a record that still stands today). Her first three majors (back-to-back wins in the Titleholders Championship, 1937-39) came when she was still an amateur. Berg was the winner of the inaugural U.S. Women's Open in 1946. Together with Babe Zaharias, Betty Jameson and Louise Suggs, she dominated the women's professional game in the 1940s and '50s. Berg was one of the 13 founder members of the US LPGA Tour and was appointed its first President in 1950. In addition to her golfing achievements, she will also be fondly remembered for strong religious faith and for giving her time to many charitable endeavours.


Top tournaments won by Patty Berg

1962Wmn AmericaMuskogee Open290$1.200
Played as the Muskogee Civitan Open. Ruth Jessen and Shirley Englehorn finished in second place behind Berg.
1960Wmn AmericaAmerican Women's Open292$1,247
Played as the American Women's Open. Kathy Cornelius finished in second place behind Berg.
1958Wmn AmericaAmerican Women's Open288$1,225
Played as the American Women's Open. Louise Suggs finished in second place behind Berg.
1958Wmn MajorsWomen's Western OpenKahkwa Club293 (+1)$950
The Women's Western Open (29th). Second-placed Beverly Hanson (USA) finished 4 shots behind defending champion Berg (USA). [The Kahkwa Club, Erie, PA].
1957Wmn AmericaAll American (LPGA)Tam O'Shanter CC302 (-2)$1,500
Played as the All American Open. Second-placed Jackie Pung (USA) finished 2 shots behind Berg (USA), who recorded her fifth win in this event. [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL; now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].
1957Wmn AmericaAmerican Women's Open302$1,000
Played as the All-American Women's Open. Jackie Pung finished in second place behind Berg.
1957Wmn AmericaHavana Open210$880
Played as the Havana Open. Betty Dodd finished in second place behind Berg.
1957Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$16,272see Score
Berg (USA) won her third LPGA Tour Money List, with 1957 season earnings of $16,272 on the Tour. Fay Crocker (USA) was second on the money list.
1957Wmn MajorsTitleholders Ch'shipAugusta CC296 (+8)$1,000
The Titleholders Championship (18th). Anne Quast (USA, amateur) finished 3 shots behind Berg (USA). [Augusta CC, Augusta, GA].
1957Wmn MajorsWomen's Western OpenMontgomery CC291 (-1)$1,000
The Women's Western Open (28th). Second-placed Wiffi Smith (USA) finished 1 shot behind Berg (USA). [Montgomery CC, Montgomery, AL].
1957Wmn AmericaWorld Championship (LPGA)Tam O'Shanter CC302 (-2)$6,000
Played as the World Championship of Women's Golf. Berg (USA) beat Fay Crocker (Uruguay) in an 18-hole playoff (Berg 77, Crocker 79). [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL. Now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].
1956Wmn AmericaArkansas Open287$880
Played as the Arkansas Open. Louise Suggs finished in second place behind Berg.
1956Wmn AmericaDallas Civitan OpenGlen Lakes CC291 (+7)$1,350
Played as the inaugural Dallas Open. Berg (USA) beat Betsy Rawls (USA) and Marlene Hagge (USA, née Bauer) in a sudden-death playoff. [Glen Lakes CC, Dallas, TX; club/course no longer exists].
1956Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA74.57n/a
Berg (USA) won her third (and second straight) Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
1955Wmn AmericaAll American (LPGA)Tam O'Shanter CC302 (-2)$1,000
Played as the All American Open. Second-placed Fay Crocker (Uruguay) finished 6 shots behind Berg (USA), who won this event for the fourth time. [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL; now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].
1955Wmn AmericaAmerican Women's Openxx
Played as the All American Open.
1955Wmn AmericaClock Open288$900
Played as the Clock Open. Second-placed Gloria Fecht finished in second place behind Berg.
1955Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA74.47n/a
Berg (USA) won her second Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
1955Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$16,297see Score
Berg (USA) won her second straight LPGA Tour Money List, with 1955 season earnings of $16,297 on the Tour. Louise Suggs (USA) was second on the money list.
1955Wmn AmericaSt Petersburg Open (LPGA)Sunset G&CC, FL292 (-4)$1,000
Played as the St Petersburg Open. Second-placed Jackie Pung (USA) finished 1 shot behind Berg (USA). [Sunset G&CC, St Petersburg, Florida; now called Vinoy GC].
1955Wmn MajorsTitleholders Ch'shipAugusta CC291 (+3)$1,000
The Titleholders Championship (16th). Second-placed Mary Lena Faulk (USA) finished 2 shots behind Berg (USA). [Augusta CC, Augusta, GA].
1955Wmn MajorsWomen's Western OpenMaple Bluff CC292 (E)$1,000
The Women's Western Open (26th), played for the first time as a stroke play event. Second-placed Louise Suggs (USA) and Fay Crocker (Uruguay) finished 2 shots behind Berg (USA). [Maple Bluff CC, Madison, Wisconsin].
1955Wmn AmericaWorld Championship (LPGA)Tam O'Shanter CC293 (-11)$5,000
Played as the World Championship of Women's Golf. Second-placed Lena Faulk (USA) finished 1 shot behind Berg (USA), who recorded her third straight win in this event. [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL. Now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].
1954Wmn AmericaArdmore Open (LPGA)Dornick Hills CC299 (+3)$1,816
Played as the inaugural (and only) Ardmore Women's Open. Second-placed Jackie Pung (USA) finished 1 shot behind Berg (USA). [Dornick Hills CC, Ardmore, Oklahoma].
1954Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$16,011see Score
Berg (USA) won the LPGA Tour 1954 Money List, with earnings of $16,011 on the Tour. Babe Zaharias (USA) was second on the money list.
1954Team EventsOrlando Mixed Foursome4 & 3x
Played as the Orlando Mixed Foursome. Winning team : Patty Berg & Pete Cooper. Second-placed team : Grace Smith & George Bolestra.
1954Wmn AmericaTriangle Round Robin+73$1,500
Played as the Triangle Round Robin Invitational. Betty Jameson finished in second place behind Berg.
1954Wmn AmericaWorld Championship (LPGA)298 (-6)$5,000
Played as the World Championship of Women's Golf. Second-placed Louise Suggs (USA) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Berg (USA). [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL. Now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].
1953Wmn AmericaAll American (LPGA)Tam O'Shanter CC308 (+4)$1,000
Played as the All American Open. Second-placed and defending champion Louise Suggs (USA) finished 1 shot behind Berg (USA). [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL; now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].
1953Wmn AmericaAmerican Women's Open308$1,000
Played as the All-American Tam O'Shanter Open. Second-placed Louise Suggs finished 1 shot behind Berg.
1953Wmn AmericaJacksonville Ladies Open214x
Played as the Jacksonville Open. Second-placed Babe Zaharias and Louise Suggs finished 2 shots behind Berg.
1953Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA75.00n/a
Berg (USA) won the inaugural Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
1953Wmn AmericaNevada (Reno) Open151$875
Played as the Nevada - Reno Open. Berg won after a playoff against Louise Suggs.
1953Wmn AmericaNew Orleans Open (LPGA)227$875
Played as the New Orleans Women's Open. Second-placed Babe Zaharias finished 4 shots behind Berg.
1953Wmn MajorsTitleholders Ch'shipAugusta CC294 (+6)$1,000
The Titleholders Championship (14th). Second-placed Betsy Rawls (USA) finished 9 shots behind Berg (USA). [Augusta CC, Augusta, GA].
1953Wmn AmericaWeathervane (Phoenix)
Played as the Phoenix Weathervane. Patty Berg (USA) and Louise Suggs (USA) shared first place after a tie.
1953Wmn AmericaWorld Championship (LPGA)Tam O'Shanter CC300 (-4)$5,000
Played as the World Championship of Women's Golf. Second-placed Louise Suggs (USA) finished 3 shots behind Berg (USA), who had been runner-up in this event in all five years of its existence from 1948. [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL. Now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].
1952Wmn AmericaNew Orleans Open (LPGA)299x
Played as the New Orleans Women's Open. Second-placed Marilynn Smith and Betty Jameson finished 5 shots behind Berg.
1952Wmn AmericaRichmond Open (LPGA)210x
Played as the Richmond Open. Second-placed Betty Jameson finished 4 shots behind Berg.
1952Wmn AmericaWeathervane (New York)148
Played as the New York Weathervane. Second-placed Marilynn Smith (USA) finished 4 shots behind Berg (USA).
1951Wmn AmericaSandhills Open221x
Played as the Sandhills Open. Second-placed Babe Zaharias finished 10 shots behind Berg.
1951Wmn AmericaWeathervane (New York)149
Played as the New York Weathervane. Second-placed Louise Suggs finished 1 shot behind Berg.
1951Wmn AmericaWeathervane (Pebble Beach)152
Played as the Pebble Beach Weathervane. Second-placed Babe Zaharias (USA) finished 4 shots behind Berg (USA).
1951Wmn AmericaWeathervane 144
Berg (USA) was overall winner of the 1951 Cross Country 144-hole Weathervane Tournament, which was played as four two-round events in Dallas, Indianapolis, New York and Pebble Beach. She won the New York and Pebble Beach events.
1951Wmn MajorsWomen's Western OpenWhitemarsh Valley2 holes$500
The Women's Western Open (22nd). Berg (USA) beat Pat O'Sullivan (USA, amateur) by 2 holes in the final. [Whitemarsh Valley CC, Lafayette Hill, nr Philadelphia, PA].
1950Wmn AmericaEastern Open (LPGA)217x
Played as the Eastern Open. Second-placed Babe Zaharias finished 1 shot behind Berg.
1950Wmn AmericaHardscrabble Invtl.x
Played as the Hardscrabble Women's Invitational. Betsy Rawls finished in second place behind Berg.
1950Team EventsOrlando Mixed Foursomexx
Played as the Orlando Mixed Foursome. Winning team : Patty Berg & Earl Stewart.
1950Wmn AmericaSunset Hills Open217x
Played as the Sunset Hills Open. Second-placed Louise Suggs finished 1 shot behind Berg.
1949Wmn AmericaHardscrabble Openxx
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1949Wmn AmericaTampa Openxx
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1949Wmn AmericaTexas PGA Ch'ship (Women)xx
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1948Wmn AmericaHardscrabble Openxx
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1948Wmn MajorsTitleholders Ch'shipAugusta CC308 (+8)$300
Played as the Titleholders Championship (9th). Second-placed Peggy Kirk (USA, amateur) and Babe Zaharias (USA) finished 1 shot behind Berg (USA). [Augusta CC, Augusta, GA].
1948Wmn MajorsWomen's Western OpenSkycrest CC37th hole$500
The Women's Western Open (19th). Berg (USA) beat Babe Zaharias (USA) at the 37th hole of the final. [Skycrest CC, Prairie View, nr Chicago, IL - club no longer exists].
1947Wmn AmericaNorth California Medalxx
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1947Wmn AmericaNorth California Openxx
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1947Wmn AmericaPebble Beach Openxx
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1946Wmn AmericaNorth California Medalxx
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1946Wmn AmericaNorth California Openxx
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1946Wmn AmericaPebble Beach Openxx
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1946Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenSpokane CC5 & 4$5,600
The inaugural US Women's Open Championship (Aug 26-Sept 1; only time on a match play basis). Berg (USA) beat Betty Jameson (USA) 5 and 4 in the 36-hole final. Berg won $5,600 in victory bonds. [Spokane CC, Spokane, Wash.].
1945Wmn AmericaAll American (LPGA)Tam O'Shanter CC312 (+8)
Played as the All American Open. Second-placed Dorothy Germain (USA) finished 1 shot behind Berg (USA), who won this event for the second time in three years. [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL; now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].
1945Wmn AmericaAmerican Women's Openxx
Played as the All American Open.
1943Wmn AmericaAll American (LPGA)Tam O'Shanter CC307 (+3)$200
Played as the inaugural All American Open; the first women's golf event to pay cash prizes (vs war bonds or merchanise). Second-placed Betty Hicks (USA) finished 5 shots behind Berg (USA). [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL; now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].
1943Wmn AmericaAmerican Women's Openxx
Played as the All American Open.
1943Wmn MajorsWomen's Western OpenGlen Oak CC, IL1 hole
The Women's Western Open (14th). Berg (USA) beat Dorothy "Dot" Kirby (USA, amateur) by 1 hole in the 36-hole final. [Glen Oak CC, Glen Ellyn, nr Chicago, IL].
1941Wmn AmericaNew York Invtl.xx
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1941Wmn AmericaNorth Carolina Openxx
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1941Wmn MajorsWomen's Western OpenCincinnati CC7 & 6$100
The Women's Western Open (12th). Berg (USA) beat Mrs Burt Weil (née Olga Strashun) 7 and 6 in the final. This was Berg's first professional victory, for which she won a $100 war bond. [Cincinnati CC, Cincinnati, OH].
1939Wmn MajorsTitleholders Ch'shipAugusta CC319 (+19)amateur
Played as the Titleholders Championship (3rd). Second-placed Dorothy Kirby (USA, amateur) finished 2 shots behind Berg (USA, amateur), who recorded her third straight win in this event. [Augusta CC, Augusta, GA].
1938Wmn MajorsTitleholders Ch'shipAugusta CC311 (-5)amateur
Played as the Titleholders Championship (2nd). Second-placed Jane Cothran (USA, amateur) finished 14 shots behind defending champion Berg (USA, amateur). [Augusta CC, Augusta, GA].
1938Wmn AmateurUS Amateur (Women)Westmoreland CC6 & 5n/a
The US Women's Amateur Championship (42nd). Berg (USA) beat defending champion Estelle Lawson Page (USA) 6 and 5 in the final. [Westmoreland CC, Wilmette, IL].
1937Wmn MajorsTitleholders Ch'shipAugusta CC240 (+3)amateur
Played as the inaugural Titleholders Championship. Second-placed Dorothy Kirby (USA, amateur) finished 3 shots behind Berg (USA, amateur). [Augusta CC, Augusta, GA].

 

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