|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Nancy Marie Lopez|
January 6, 1957 |
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Residence||The Villages, Florida|
|Spouse||Ray Knight (1982–2009)
Tim Melton (1979–82)
|Children||Ashley, Erinn, Torri|
|College||University of Tulsa
|Retired||2003, unretired 2007|
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in LPGA major championships
|ANA Inspiration||T3: 1995|
|Women's PGA C'ship||Won: 1978, 1985, 1989|
|U.S. Women's Open||2nd/T2: 1975, 1977, 1989, 1997|
|du Maurier Classic||2nd/T2: 1979, 1981, 1996|
|Women's British Open||DNP|
|Achievements and awards|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||1987 (member page)|
Rookie of the Year
|1978, 1979, 1985|
Player of the Year
|1978, 1979, 1985, 1988|
|1978, 1979, 1985|
Player of the Year
|1978, 1979, 1985|
Female Athlete of the Year
|LPGA William and
Mousie Powell Award
|Flo Hyman Memorial Award||1992|
|USGA Bob Jones Award||1998|
|Old Tom Morris Award||2000|
Lopez won the New Mexico Women's Amateur at age 12 in 1969, and the U.S. Girls' Junior in 1972 and 1974, at ages 15 and 17, respectively. Shortly after graduation from Goddard High School in Roswell, she played in the U.S. Women's Open as an amateur in 1975 and tied for second.
As a collegiate freshman in 1976, Lopez was named All-American and Female Athlete of the Year for her play at the University of Tulsa. She won the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) National Championship and was a member of the U.S. Curtis Cup and World Amateur teams. Lopez left college after her sophomore year and turned pro in 1977, and again was the runner-up at the U.S. Women's Open.
During her first full season on the LPGA Tour in 1978, Lopez won nine tournaments, including five consecutive. She appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in July, won the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average, LPGA Rookie of the Year, LPGA Player of the Year and was named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year. She won another eight times in 1979, and won multiple times in each year from 1980 to 1984, although she played only half-seasons in 1983 and 1984 due to the birth of her first child.
Playing full-time again in 1985, Lopez posted five wins, five seconds and five thirds, won the money title, the scoring title and the Player of the Year Award and was named Associate Press Female Athlete of the Year for a second time. She played only four tournaments in 1986, when her second daughter was born, but came back to win multiple times in 1987-89 - three times each in 1988 and 1989 - and once again won Player of the Year honors in 1988. Lopez' schedule was curtailed again in the early 1990s when her third daughter was born. In 1992 she won twice. Lopez continued to play short schedules - from 11 to 18 tournaments - through 2002, then in 2003 cut back to just a half dozen or fewer events a year.
Although considered one of the greats in the history of women's golf, and the best player from the late 1970s to late 1980s, Lopez did not win many majors and never won the U.S. Women's Open. She finished second at the U.S. Women's Open four times, the last coming in 1997 when she became the first golfer to score in the 60s for all four rounds, yet lost to Alison Nicholas. Her three major championships all came at the LPGA Championship, in 1978, 1985, and 1989.
Lopez was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1987. She was a member of the United States Solheim Cup team in 1990 and was captain of the team in 2005. Lopez retired from regular tournament play in 2002 and attempted a return in 2007 and 2008. In her return season, she played six tournaments, failed to make the cut in any of the tournaments and only broke 80 in three of the 12 rounds. In 2008 she played in three events, with a low score of 76, never making the cut.
Lopez is the only woman to win LPGA Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year, and the Vare Trophy in the same season (1978). Her company, Nancy Lopez Golf, makes a full line of women's clubs and accessories. She also does occasional television commentary.
Lopez was married to Houston sportscaster Tim Melton from 1979 to 1982. Shortly after her divorce, she married Major League All-Star baseball player Ray Knight, then a member of the Houston Astros, in October 1982 in Pelham, Georgia. They were married for 27 years and have three daughters. While married, Lopez and Knight lived in Georgia in his hometown of Albany. Since 1986, she has hosted the Nancy Lopez Hospice Golf Classic at the Doublegate Country Club to raise money for Albany Community Hospice, returning yearly even after her divorce from Knight in 2009. She currently resides in The Villages, Florida where she hosts an annual golf tournament to benefit the charity AIM (Adventures in Movement), an organization that helps mentally challenged, visually impaired, hearing impaired, physically handicapped and other children and adults with special needs. She has hosted the tournament since 1981 and also serves as a National Ambassador with AIM, along with Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan.
this list may be incomplete
- 1969 New Mexico Women's Amateur
- 1970 New Mexico Women's Amateur
- 1971 New Mexico Women's Amateur
- 1972 U.S. Girls' Junior, Women's Western Junior
- 1973 Women's Western Junior
- 1974 U.S. Girls' Junior, Women's Western Junior
- 1975 Mexican Amateur
- 1976 AIAW National Championship, Women's Western Amateur, Women's Trans National Amateur
LPGA Tour wins (48)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Feb 26, 1978||Bent Tree Classic||+1 (71-72-73-73=289)||1 stroke||Jo Ann Washam|
|2||Mar 12, 1978||Sunstar Classic||−3 (72-72-70-71=285)||1 stroke||Debbie Austin, Debbie Massey|
|3||May 14, 1978||Greater Baltimore Classic||−7 (67-73-72=212)||3 strokes||Donna Caponi|
|4||May 21, 1978||Coca-Cola Classic||−3 (69-71-70=210)||Playoff||JoAnne Carner|
|5||May 29, 1978||Golden Lights Championship||−11 (67-72-73-65=277)||1 stroke||Jane Blalock|
|6||Jun 11, 1978||LPGA Championship||−13 (71-65-69-70=275)||6 strokes||Amy Alcott|
|7||Jun 18, 1978||Bankers Trust Classic||−5 (72-73-69=214)||2 strokes||Jane Blalock, Debbie Massey|
|8||Aug 6, 1978||Colgate European Open||−7 (73-71-72-73=289)||3 strokes|| JoAnne Carner, Mary Dwyer,
|9||Nov 12, 1978||Colgate Far East Open||E (75-69-72=216)||2 strokes||Silvia Bertolaccini, Kathy Whitworth|
|10||Mar 11, 1979||Sunstar Classic||−8 (70-71-70-69=280)||1 stroke||Hollis Stacy|
|11||Mar 25, 1979||Sahara National Pro-Am||−16 (72-67-66-69=274)||2 strokes||Donna Caponi|
|12||May 6, 1979||Women's International||−6 (72-71-71-68=282)||3 strokes||Donna White|
|13||May 20, 1979||Coca-Cola Classic||−3 (73-70-73=216)||Playoff|| Bonnie Bryant, Hollis Stacy,
Jo Ann Washam, Mickey Wright
|14||Jun 3, 1979||Golden Lights Championship||−8 (67-70-73-70=280)||4 strokes||Pat Bradley|
|15||Jun 24, 1979||Lady Keystone Open||−4 (72-68-72=212)||2 strokes||Sally Little, Kathy Whitworth|
|16||Aug 5, 1979||Colgate European Open||−6 (68-69-70-75=282)||4 strokes||Joyce Kazmierski|
|17||Sep 30, 1979||Mary Kay Classic||−14 (71-66-67-70=274)||2 strokes||Sandra Post|
|18||Mar 30, 1980||Women's Kemper Open||E (72-66-77-69=284)||2 strokes||Debbie Massey, Jo Ann Washam|
|19||Jun 29, 1980||The Sarah Coventry||−9 (73-67-72-71=283)||1 stroke||Pat Bradley|
|20||Sep 1, 1980||Rail Charity Golf Classic||−13 (65-71-71-68=275)||1 stroke||JoAnne Carner|
|21||Mar 8, 1981||Arizona Copper Classic||−14 (70-72-68-68=278)||4 strokes||Pat Bradley|
|22||Apr 5, 1981||Colgate-Dinah Shore||−11 (71-73-69-64=277)||2 strokes||Carolyn Hill|
|23||Jun 28, 1981||The Sarah Coventry||−3 (74-69-71-71=285)||2 strokes||Pat Bradley|
|24||Mar 21, 1982||J&B Scotch Pro-Am||−5 (70-67-69-73=279)||5 strokes||Sandra Haynie|
|25||Nov 7, 1982||Mazda Japan Classic||−9 (66-70-71=207)||6 strokes||Amy Alcott|
|26||Feb 6, 1983||Elizabeth Arden Classic||−3 (71-71-70-73=285)||1 stroke|| Pat Bradley, JoAnne Carner,
Stephanie Farwig, Betsy King
|27||Apr 10, 1983||J&B Scotch Pro-Am||−6 (71-69-69-74=283)||1 stroke||Laura Baugh|
|28||Mar 4, 1984||Uniden LPGA Invitational||E (70-74-66-74=284)||3 strokes||Pat Bradley|
|29||Aug 19, 1984||Chevrolet World Championship of Women's Golf||−7 (69-74-65-73=281)||1 stroke||JoAnne Carner|
|30||May 19, 1985||Chrysler-Plymouth Classic||−9 (69-69-72=210)||3 strokes||Pat Bradley|
|31||Jun 7, 1985||LPGA Championship||−15 (65-71-72-65=273)||8 strokes||Alice Miller|
|32||Jul 7, 1985||Mazda Hall of Fame Championship||−7 (71-70-72-68=281)||3 strokes||JoAnne Carner, Allison Finney|
|33||Aug 11, 1985||Henredon Classic||−20 (66-67-69-66=268)||10 strokes||Val Skinner|
|34||Sep 8, 1985||Portland Ping Championship||−1 (69-76-70=215)||Playoff||Lori Garbacz|
|35||Feb 8, 1987||Sarasota Classic||−7 (73-66-68-74=281)||3 strokes||Kathy Guadagnino, Anne Marie Palli|
|36||Sep 13, 1987||Cellular One-Ping Golf Championship||−6 (72-67-71=210)||1 stroke|| Kelly Leadbetter, Muffin Spencer-Devlin,
|37||Feb 7, 1988||Mazda Classic||−5 (69-68-71-75=283)||2 strokes||Marta Figueras-Dotti|
|38||Apr 17, 1988||AI Star/Centinela Hospital Classic||−6 (71-72-67=210)||Playoff||Marta Figueras-Dotti|
|39||May 15, 1988||Chrysler-Plymouth Classic||−12 (68-70-66=204)||8 strokes||Jan Stephenson|
|40||May 21, 1989||Mazda LPGA Championship||−14 (71-69-68-66=274)||3 strokes||Ayako Okamoto|
|41||Jul 30, 1989||Atlantic City Classic||−10 (67-70-69=206)||1 stroke||Christa Johnson, Vicki Fergon|
|42||Sep 24, 1989||Nippon Travel-MBS Classic||−11 (73-69-65-70=277)||2 strokes||Alice Ritzman, Pamela Wright|
|43||Sep 23, 1990||MBS LPGA Classic||−7 (69-70-74-68=281)||Playoff||Cathy Gerring|
|44||May 5, 1991||Sara Lee Classic||−10 (65-70-71=206)||2 strokes||Kris Monaghan|
|45||Sep 7, 1992||Rail Charity Golf Classic||−17 (67-68-64=199)||Playoff||Laura Davies|
|46||Sep 13, 1992||Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship||−7 (70-70-69=209)||Playoff||Jane Crafter|
|47||Jul 11, 1993||Youngstown-Warren LPGA Classic||−13 (68-68-67=203)||Playoff||Deb Richard|
|48||Apr 27, 1997||Chick-fil-A Charity Championship||−7 (71-66=137)||2 strokes|| Tina Barrett, Deb Richard,
Note: Lopez won the Colgate-Dinah Shore (now known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship) before it became a major championship.
LPGA Tour playoff record (8–7)
|1||1978||Kathryn Crosby/Honda Civic Classic||Sally Little||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|2||1978||Coca-Cola Classic||JoAnne Carner||Won with par on first extra hole|
|3||1978||Mizuno-Japan Classic||Michiko Okada, Ai-Yu Tu||Okada won with birdie on fifth extra hole
Tu eliminated with birdie on second hole
|4||1979||Women's Kemper Open|| Donna Caponi, JoAnne Carner,
Chako Higuchi, Jan Stephenson
|Carner won with par on second extra hole
Caponi, Lopez, and Stephenson eliminated with par on first hole
|5||1979||Coca-Cola Classic|| Bonnie Bryant, Hollis Stacy,
Jo Ann Washam, Mickey Wright
|Won with birdie on second extra hole
Bryant, Stacy, and Washam eliminated with birdie on first hole
|6||1980||Mary Kay Classic||Jerilyn Britz||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
|7||1985||Portland Ping Championship||Lori Garbacz||Won with birdie on third extra hole|
|8||1988||AI Star/Centinela Hospital Classic||Marta Figueras-Dotti||Won with par on second extra hole|
|9||1988||Crestar Classic|| Juli Inkster, Rosie Jones,
|Inkster won with eagle on first extra hole|
|10||1988||Rochester International||Mei-Chi Cheng, Patty Sheehan||Cheng won with birdie on second extra hole
Sheehan eliminated with par on first hole
|11||1990||MBS LPGA Classic||Cathy Gerring||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|12||1992||Rail Charity Classic||Laura Davies||Won with par on first extra hole|
|13||1992||Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship||Jane Crafter||Won with par on second extra hole|
|14||1993||Youngstown-Warren LPGA Classic||Deb Richard||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|15||1998||Sara Lee Classic|| Donna Andrews, Jenny Lidback,
|Mucha won with birdie on second extra hole|
- 1979 Portland Ping Team Championship (with Jo Ann Washam)
- 1980 JCPenney Mixed Team Classic (with Curtis Strange)
- 1987 Mazda Champions (with Miller Barber)
- 1992 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (with Dottie Mochrie and Patty Sheehan)
|1978||LPGA Championship||−13 (71-65-69-70=275)||6 strokes||Amy Alcott|
|1985||LPGA Championship||−15 (65-71-72-65=273)||8 strokes||Alice Miller|
|1989||Mazda LPGA Championship||−14 (71-69-68-66=274)||3 strokes||Ayako Okamoto|
|U.S. Women's Open||T18||T2LA||CUT||2||T9||T11||T7|
|du Maurier Classic||...||...||...||...||...||2||T6|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||...||...||T6||T16||T11||DNP||T33||T5||T18||CUT|
|U.S. Women's Open||WD||T7||DNP||T35||T4||DNP||T21||T12||2||T14|
|du Maurier Classic||T2||T9||WD||T8||DNP||DNP||T21||T45||9||DNP|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T30||CUT||T8||T9||T3||T15||T23||T13||T21||T43|
|U.S. Women's Open||DNP||T16||T7||T35||T28||CUT||2||CUT||CUT||T46|
|du Maurier Classic||DNP||DNP||DNP||T22||DNP||T2||DNP||T27||DNP||DNP|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T63||CUT||CUT||WD||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|Women's British Open||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001.
LA = Low Amateur
DNP = did not play.
CUT = missed the half=way cut.
"T" = tied
WD = withdrew
Green background for a win. Yellow background for a top-10 finish.
- Curtis Cup (representing the United States): 1976 (winners)
- Espirito Santo Trophy (representing the United States): 1976 (winners)
- Solheim Cup (representing the United States): 1990 (winners)
- Handa Cup (representing the United States): 2011 (winners), 2012 (tie, Cup retained), 2013
- "Golfer seeks divorce". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. May 13, 1982. p. 33.
- "Hollis Stacy Withstands The Pressure". Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania). July 25, 1977. p. 19. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
Next to her was 20-year-old Nancy Marie Lopez...
- Nancy Lopez at about.com
- Deford, Frank (July 10, 1978). "Nancy With The Laughing Face". Sports Illustrated.
- Lemon, Richard (April 25, 1983). "On the Beach No More, Nancy Lopez and Ray Knight Score a Tie for Golf and Baseball". People 19 (16). Retrieved June 24, 2013.
- "Nancy Lopez marries Ray Knight". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. October 27, 1982. p. 12.
- Glenn, Rhonda (December 7, 2012). "Catching Up With ... Nancy Lopez: 40 years after winning her first U.S. Girls' Junior, Hall of Famer is busy on and off course". USGA. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
- "AIM Ambassadors". Retrieved June 24, 2013.
- Katherine M. Jamieson. "Reading Nancy Lopez: Decoding Representations of Race, Class, and Sexuality"
- Baca Zinn, Maxine and Bonnie Thornton Dill. "Theorizing Difference from Multiracial Feminism." Feminist Theory Reader. Carole R. McCann & Seung-Kyung Kim, eds. New York, NY: Routledge Press, 2003.
- Official website
- Nancy Lopez at the LPGA Tour official site
- Nancy Lopez (biography in the New Georgia Encyclopedia)
- Nancy Lopez bio
- Nancy Lopez on Latino sports legends
|Awards and achievements|
|Flo Hyman Memorial Award