Susie Berning

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Susie Berning
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Susie Maxwell Berning
Born (1941-07-22) July 22, 1941 (age 73)
Pasadena, California
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Aspen, Colorado
Palm Springs, California
Career
College Oklahoma City University
Turned professional 1964
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour (1964–96)
Professional wins 13
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 11
Other 2
Best results in LPGA major championships
(Wins: 4)
Western Open Won: 1965
Titleholders C'ship 13th: 1966
Kraft Nabisco C'ship T38: 1984
LPGA Championship T2: 1969
U.S. Women's Open Won: 1968, 1972, 1973
du Maurier Classic T25: 1984
Achievements and awards
LPGA Rookie of the Year 1964
LPGA Most Improved Player 1967

Susie Maxwell Berning (born July 22, 1941) is a retired American professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1964 and won four major championships and eleven LPGA Tour victories in all. She also competed under her maiden name Susie Maxwell from 1964 to 1968.

Amateur career[edit]

Maxwell was born in Pasadena, California. Her family moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma when she was 13. After taking up golf at the age of 15, she immediately won three-straight Oklahoma State High School Championships. She also won the Oklahoma City Women's Amateur from 1959 to 1961. In 1963, she won the Oklahoma Women's Amateur. She was the first woman to receive a golf scholarship from Oklahoma City University, where she competed on the men's team and she was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority.

Professional career[edit]

She turned pro and joined the LPGA Tour in 1964, and earned LPGA Rookie of the Year honors. She won her first tournament in 1965 at the Muskogee Civitan Open. She was named Most Improved Player for 1967. She won 11 times on the Tour, a high proportion of her wins coming in major championships, the 1965 Women's Western Open and the U.S. Women's Open in 1968, 1972 and 1973. However her form was inconsistent from her late twenties on, with the last of her three top-10 finishes on the money list coming in 1969. She stayed on the Tour for many years, though she did not always play full-time, and played 13 events as late as 1995. She made her final appearance on the Tour in 1996.

Since retiring from tour play, Berning has become a well-respected teaching professional spending time at the Nicholas-Flick Golf Academy, and now dividing her time between The Reserve Club in Palm Springs, California and Maroon Creek Country Club in Aspen, Colorado. She has two daughters, Robin Doctor and Cindy Molchany.

Professional wins (13)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (11)[edit]

Legend
LPGA Tour major championships (4)
Other LPGA Tour (7)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 May 16, 1965 Muskogee Civitan Open −3 (71-72-70=213) 5 strokes United States Kathy Cornelius, United States Judy Kimball,
United States Mickey Wright
2 Jun 13, 1965 Women's Western Open −2 (73-72-76-69=290) 3 strokes United States Marlene Hagge
3 Apr 2, 1967 Louise Suggs Invitational +8 (75-72-77=224) Playoff United States Sandra Haynie
4 Jun 18, 1967 Milwaukee Jaycee Open E (68-73-75=216) 5 strokes United States Barbara Romack, United States Judy Kimball,
United States Judy Rankin, United States Peggy Wilson
5 Jul 7, 1968 U.S. Women's Open +5 (69-73-76-71=289) 3 strokes United States Mickey Wright
6 Jun 8, 1969 Lady Carling Open −6 (69-74-70=213) 1 stroke United States Donna Caponi
7 Jun 22, 1969 Pabst Ladies Classic −5 (69-71-71=211) 1 stroke United States Donna Caponi, United States Clifford Ann Creed,
United States Shirley Englehorn
8 Jul 2, 1972 U.S. Women's Open +11 (79-76-73-71=299) 1 stroke United States Kathy Ahern, United States Pam Barnett,
United States Judy Rankin
9 Jun 24, 1973 Heritage Village Open −12 (68-70-69=207) 4 strokes United States Sandra Haynie
10 Jul 22, 1973 U.S. Women's Open −3 (73-77-69-72=290) 5 strokes United States Gloria Ehret, United States Shelley Hamlin
11 Jul 25, 1976 Lady Keystone Open −1 (72-71-72=215) 3 strokes United States Pat Bradley, United States Sandra Haynie

LPGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1966 Lady Carling Open United States Clifford Ann Creed Lost to birdie on first extra hole
2 1967 Louise Suggs Invitational United States Sandra Haynie Won with birdie on second extra hole

Other wins (2)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (4)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1965 Women's Western Open −2 (73-72-76-69=290) 3 strokes United States Marlene Hagge
1968 U.S. Women's Open +5 (69-73-76-71=289) 3 strokes United States Mickey Wright
1972 U.S. Women's Open +11 (79-73-76-71=299) 1 stroke United States Kathy Ahern, United States Pam Barnett, United States Judy Rankin
1973 U.S. Women's Open +2 (72-77-69-72=290) 5 strokes United States Gloria Ehret, United States Shelley Hamlin

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