Ruth Jessen

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Ruth Jessen
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Mary Ruth Jessen
Born (1936-11-12)November 12, 1936
Seattle, Washington
Died September 21, 2007(2007-09-21) (aged 70)
Phoenix, Arizona
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Nationality  United States
College Seattle University
Turned professional 1956
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour (1956–85)
Professional wins 13
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 11
Best results in LPGA major championships
Western Open T2: 1964
Titleholders C'ship 2nd: 1962
ANA Inspiration DNP
LPGA Championship 5th: 1963
U.S. Women's Open T2/2nd: 1962, 1964
du Maurier Classic CUT: 1984

Mary Ruth Jessen (November 12, 1936 – September 21, 2007) was an American professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1956 and won 11 LPGA Tour victories in all.

Amateur career[edit]

Jessen was born in Seattle, Washington.[1] She briefly played on the men's golf team at Seattle University.[2] She was a three time winner of the Seattle City Championship from 1953 to 1955. She won the Washington State Amateur in 1954 and the Pacific Northwest Championship in 1954 and 1955. She was also the medalist at the 1953 National Junior Championship and runner-up at the 1956 National Collegiate Championship.

Professional career[edit]

Jessen turned professional in 1956 and joined the LPGA Tour.[1] She won 11 times[3] on the LPGA Tour between 1959 and 1971.[4][5][6] She finished as runner-up in major championships four times. Two of these were an 18-hole playoff lose at the 1962 Titleholders Championship and a sudden death playoff lose at the 1964 U.S. Women's Open, both to Mickey Wright. She was in the top-10 on the money list one time, finishing second in 1964.

Jessen suffered from several health issues throughout her career and won the 1971 Ben Hogan Award after returning from elbow surgery.[2][7] She was also known for her unusually wide putting stance.[1][7]

Jessen died in Phoenix, Arizona of lung cancer.[7]

Professional wins (13)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (11)[edit]

Other wins (2)[edit]

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