Beverly Hanson

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Beverly Hanson
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Beverly Hanson
Born (1924-12-05)December 5, 1924
Fargo, North Dakota
Died April 12, 2014(2014-04-12) (aged 89)
Twin Falls, Idaho
Height 5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m)
Nationality  United States
Career
College University of North Dakota
Mills College
University of Wisconsin
Turned professional 1951
Retired 1961[1]
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour
Professional wins 19
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 17
Other 2
Best results in LPGA major championships
(Wins: 3)
Western Open Won: 1956
Titleholders C'ship Won: 1958
LPGA Championship Won: 1955
U.S. Women's Open 4th: 1952
Achievements and awards
LPGA Tour
Money Winner
1958
LPGA Vare Trophy 1958

Beverly Hanson (December 5, 1924 – April 12, 2014) was an American professional golfer who played on the LPGA Tour.

Hanson was born in Fargo, North Dakota in 1924.[2][3] She studied at the University of North Dakota, Mills College in Oakland, California and the University of Wisconsin[3] and was a bassoon player, performing with civic orchestras. As an amateur golfer, she won the Texas Open in 1949 and both the California and Southern California ladies' championships. She was a member of the 1950 U.S. Curtis Cup golf team[2] and that year won the U.S. Women's Amateur.[2]

In 1951, Hanson turned professional and won the very first event she competed in. She won the inaugural LPGA Championship in 1955,[2] defeating Louise Suggs. In 1958 she was the leading money winner on the LPGA Tour.

Hanson had 17 career wins on the LPGA Tour[4] of which three were majors. Besides the inaugural LPGA major title, in 1956 she won the Women's Western Open and in 1958 the Titleholders Championship.

Hanson died on April 12, 2014 in Twin Falls, Idaho, from complications from Alzheimer's and COPD.[1] [5]

Professional wins (18)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (17)[edit]

Other wins (1)[edit]

Source[6][7]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (3)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
1955 LPGA Championship 4 & 3 United States Louise Suggs
1956 Women's Western Open E (75-81-72-76=304) 4 strokes United States Louise Suggs
1958 Titleholders Championship +11 (72-80-73-74=299) 5 strokes United States Betty Dodd

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

  • Curtis Cup (representing the United States): 1950 (winners)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Reid, Neal (April 25, 2014). "Hanson was colorful, talented LPGA Tour pioneer". LPGA. 
  2. ^ a b c d Elliott, Len; Kelly, Barbara (1976). Who's Who in Golf. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House. pp. 81–2. ISBN 0-87000-225-2. 
  3. ^ a b LPGA Tour biography
  4. ^ LPGA All-Time Winners List
  5. ^ Ferguson, Doug (April 22, 2014). "Beverly Hanson, forgotten pioneer in women's golf". Washington Times. Associated Press. 
  6. ^ LPGA Tournament Chronology 1950–59
  7. ^ LPGA Tournament Chronology 1960–69

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