Our final honoree of National Women’s History Month is Mary Kathryn “Mickey” Wright, arguably the greatest female golfer of all time. Mickey was a successful LPGA member, winning thirteen major championships and eighty-two tour events in all. She is also a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Hailing from San Diego, California, Mickey won the 1954 World Amateur Championship and turned professional, joining the LPGA later that same year. Her eighty-two tour wins slot her at second place on the all-time win list behind Kathy Whitworth who won eighty-eight times. She also holds second place for all-time championship wins behind Patty Berg, who won fifteen majors. Mickey was a perennial winner, winning at least one LPGA title for fourteen consecutive seasons from 1956 to 1969.
At certain points in her career she held records for lowest score in LPGA history and largest final round comeback in LPGA history. Ben Hogan stated that Wright’s swing was the best one he had ever seen. She is the only player in LPGA Tour history to hold all four major titles at the same time. In the most recent decade, golf experts have consistently voted Mickey Wright as the ninth greatest golfer of all time, the eighth best player of all time, and the top female player of all time.
Today we remember Mickey’s beautiful gift of the game of golf, her passion for the sport, and her status as a competitor.
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