1961 LPGA Tour

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The 1961 LPGA Tour was the 12th season since the LPGA Tour officially began in 1950. The season ran from February 9 to October 22. The season consisted of 24 official money events. Mickey Wright won the most tournaments, 10. She also led the money list with earnings of $22,236.

There was only one first-time winner in 1961, Judy Kimball.

The tournament results and award winners are listed below.

Tournament results[edit]

The following table shows all the official money events for the 1961 season.[1] "Date" is the ending date of the tournament. The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names are the number of wins they had on the tour up to and including that event. Majors are shown in bold.

Date Tournament Location Winner Score Purse ($) 1st prize ($)
Feb 12 St. Petersburg Open Florida United States Mickey Wright (20) 279 7,500 1,247
Feb 14 Royal Poinciana Invitational Florida United States Louise Suggs (51) 156 4,000 1,200
Mar 12 Miami Open Florida United States Mickey Wright (21) 220 7,500 1,247
Mar 26 Golden Circle of Golf Festival Florida United States Louise Suggs (52) 293 7,500 1,247
Apr 16 Dallas Civitan Open Texas United States Louise Suggs (53) 291 9,500 1,662
Apr 23 Babe Zaharias Open Texas United States Mary Lena Faulk (4) 211 7,000 1,200
Apr 30 Titleholders Championship Georgia United States Mickey Wright (22) 299 7,000 1,200
May 7 Peach Blossom Open South Carolina United States Ruth Jessen (2) 212 7,000 1,083
May 14 Columbus Open Georgia United States Mickey Wright (23) 292 5,700 998
Jun 4 Women's Western Open Tennessee United States Mary Lena Faulk (5) 290 7,500 1,313
Jun 11 Triangle Round Robin New York United States Mary Lena Faulk (6) +35 8,000 1,100
Jun 18 Eastern Open Pennsylvania United States Mary Lena Faulk (7) 214 7,500 1,247
Jul 1 U.S. Women's Open New Jersey United States Mickey Wright (24) 293 8,000 1,800
Jul 16 Tippecanoe Open Indiana United States Kathy Cornelius (4) 204 5,700 997
Jul 23 Cosmopolitan Open Illinois United States Betsy Rawls (43) 213 7,500 1,247
Jul 30 American Women's Open Minnesota United States Judy Kimball (1) 295 7,500 1,247
Aug 6 Waterloo Open Iowa United States Mickey Wright (25) 286 7,500 1,247
Aug 13 Kansas City Open Kansas United States Louise Suggs (54) 295 7,500 1,247
Aug 27 Spokane Women's Open Washington United States Mickey Wright (26) 280 7,500 1,247
Sep 24 Sacramento Valley Open California United States Mickey Wright (27) 223 8,000 1,450
Oct 1 Mickey Wright Invitational California United States Mickey Wright (28) 290 8,000 1,450
Oct 8 Bill Brannin's Swing Parade New Mexico United States Betsy Rawls (44) 221 7,500 1,247
Oct 15 LPGA Championship Nevada United States Mickey Wright (29) 287 15,000 2,500
Oct 22 San Antonio Civitan Texas United States Louise Suggs (55) 212 7,500 1,247

Awards[edit]

Award Winner Country
Money winner Mickey Wright  United States
Scoring leader (Vare Trophy) Mickey Wright (2)  United States

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