A Drive for Victory

September 27, 1939
Professional Golfer Kathy Whitworth was Born

Have you been following the spectacular golfing career of Tiger Woods? Well, he’s got a big task ahead of him to match the achievement of Kathy Whitworth, professional golf’s all-time leading tournament winner. Born September 27, 1939, in Monahans, Texas, Kathy Whitworth won her first tournament, the Kelly Girl Open, in 1962. In 1985, she won her 88th, setting the tournament victory record for a professional golfer–man or woman. She sure stayed out of sand traps! And her honors go well beyond that.

Whitworth started playing golf at the age of 15. At 19, she joined the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour. Over the next 15 years, she received the LPGA Player of the Year Award seven times. In 1965, and again in 1967, the Associated Press named her Athlete of the Year. Golf Magazine called her “Golfer of the Decade” for her outstanding performance between 1968 and 1977. And in 1975, Whitworth was inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame. During that time she also worked with her peers to help women golfers gain greater recognition and financial rewards.