Opal Hill

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Opal Hill
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Opal S. Trout Hill
Born (1892-06-02)June 2, 1892
Newport, Nebraska
Died June 23, 1981(1981-06-23) (aged 89)
Kansas City, Missouri
Nationality  United States
Career
Turned professional 1938
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour (founder)
Professional wins 2
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 2
Best results in LPGA major championships
(Wins: 2)
Western Open Won: 1935, 1936
Titleholders C'ship 7th: 1939
U.S. Women's Open T18: 1947

Opal S. Trout Hill (June 2, 1892 – June 23, 1981)[1][2] was an American professional golfer. She won the Women's Western Open in 1935 and 1936.

Opal Trout was born in Newport, Nebraska but was raised in Kansas City, Missouri.[1] She married Oscar S. Hill, an attorney. Suffering from a lingering kidney infection, her doctor recommended mild exercise and she took up golf at the age of 31.[1][3] She won numerous amateur tournaments.

Hill became a golf professional in 1938,[2] and was one of the 13 founders of the Ladies Professional Golf Association in 1950.[4]

Hill died in Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 89.[2]

Amateur wins[edit]

this list is incomplete

Major championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Runner-up
1935 Women's Western Open 9 & 7 United States Mrs. S.L. Reinhart (a)
1936 Women's Western Open 3 & 2 United States Mrs. Charles Dennehy (a)

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

  • Curtis Cup (representing the United States): 1932 (winners), 1934 (winners), 1936 (tie, Cup retained)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Elliott, Len; Kelly, Barbara (1976). Who's Who in Golf. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House. p. 92. ISBN 0-87000-225-2. 
  2. ^ a b c "Opal Hill: Professional Golfer Helped Organize What Later Became The LPGA". Toledo Blade (Toledo, Ohio). June 24, 1981. Retrieved April 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ LPGA profile
  4. ^ "History of Women's Golf in America – From Amateur to Professional" (Retrieved on March 10, 2008)

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