1976 LPGA Tour

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The 1976 LPGA Tour was the 27th season since the LPGA Tour officially began in 1950. The season ran from January 30 to November 27. The season consisted of 31 official money events. Judy Rankin won the most tournaments, six. She also led the money list with earnings of $150,734.

The season saw the first official tournaments played outside North America; the Colgate European Open in England, the LPGA/Japan Mizuno Classic in Japan, the Colgate-Hong Kong Open in Hong Kong, and the Colgate Far East Championship in the Philippines. There were four first-time winners in 1976: Pat Bradley, Hisako "Chako" Higuchi, the first winner from Japan, Sally Little, the first winner from Africa, and Jan Stephenson.

The tournament results and award winners are listed below.

Tournament results[edit]

The following table shows all the official money events for the 1976 season.[1] "Date" is the ending date of the tournament. The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names are the number of wins they had on the tour up to and including that event. Majors are shown in bold.

Date Tournament Location Winner Score Purse ($) 1st prize ($)
Feb 1 Burdine's Invitational Florida United States Judy Rankin (14) 213 (-3) 40,000 5,700
Feb 8 Sarah Coventry Naples Classic Florida Australia Jan Stephenson (1) 218 (+2) 60,000 8,500
Feb 15 Orange Blossom Classic Florida United States JoAnne Carner (14) 209 (-7) 45,000 6,400
Feb 22 Bent Tree Classic Florida United States Kathy Whitworth (75) 209 (-7) 60,000 8,500
Apr 4 Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle California United States Judy Rankin (15) 285 (-3) 185,000 32,000
Apr 18 Karsten-Ping Open Arizona United States Judy Rankin (16) 205 (-11) 80,000 14,000
Apr 25 Birmingham Classic Alabama Australia Jan Stephenson (2) 203 (-13) 40,000 5,700
May 2 Lady Tara Classic Georgia United States JoAnne Carner (15) 209 (-10) 50,000 7,000
May 9 Women's International South Carolina South Africa Sally Little (1) 281 (-7) 70,000 10,000
May 16 American Defender Classic North Carolina United States Sue Roberts (4) 211 (-5) 45,000 6,400
May 23 '76 LPGA Classic New Jersey United States Amy Alcott (2) 209 (-4) 76,000 14,000
May 30 LPGA Championship Maryland United States Betty Burfeindt (4) 287 (-5) 55,000 8,000
Jun 6 Girl Talk Classic New York United States Pat Bradley (1) 217 (+1) 76,000 14,000
Jun 13 Peter Jackson Classic Canada United States Donna Caponi (8) 212 (-4) 60,000 12,000
Jun 20 Hoosier Classic Indiana United States JoAnne Carner (16) 210 (-6) 50,000 7,000
Jun 27 Babe Zaharias Invitational Ohio United States Judy Rankin (17) 287 (-1) 100,000 15,000
Jul 4 Bloomington Bicentennial Classic Indiana United States Sandra Palmer (12) 209 (-4) 50,000 7,000
Jul 11 U.S. Women's Open Pennsylvania United States JoAnne Carner (17) 292 (+8) 60,000 9,054
Jul 18 Borden Classic Ohio United States Judy Rankin (18) 205 (-11) 70,000 10,000
Jul 25 Lady Keystone Open Pennsylvania United States Susie Berning (11) 215 (-1) 50,000 7,000
Aug 7 Colgate European Open England Japan Hisako "Chako" Higuchi (1) 284 (-12) 100,000 15,000
Aug 15 Wheeling Classic West Virginia United States Jane Blalock (13) 217 (+1) 50,000 7,000
Aug 22 Patty Berg Classic Minnesota United States Kathy Whitworth (76) 212 (-7) 55,000 8,000
Aug 29 National Jewish Hospital Open Colorado United States Sandra Palmer (13) 206 (-10) 50,000 7,000
Sep 5 Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Classic Illinois United States Sandra Palmer (14) 213 (-3) 100,000 15,000
Sep 12 Dallas Civitan Open Texas United States Jane Blalock (14) 205 (-11) 50,000 7,000
Sep 19 Portland Classic Oregon United States Donna Caponi (9) 217 (-2) 45,000 6,400
Sep 26 The Carlton California United States Donna Caponi (10) 282 (-6) 205,000 35,000
Nov 3 LPGA/Japan Mizuno Classic Japan United States Donna Caponi (11) 217 (-5) 100,000 15,000
Nov 20 Colgate-Hong Kong Open Hong Kong United States Judy Rankin (19) 216 (E) 50,000 10,000
Nov 27 Colgate Far East Championship Philippines United States Amy Alcott (3) 211 (-5) 100,000 15,000

LPGA Tour vs. The Masters Tournament[edit]

In January 1976 the LPGA Tour announced the formation of a new tournament. It was to be titled the Ladies Masters and sponsors said they would pattern the event similar to the Masters Tournament.[2] A little over a month later the LPGA announced the tournament's name was being changed to the Women's International.[3] This happened after Masters Tournament officials contacted the tournament's sponsor and threatened to go to court unless the word Masters wasn't removed from the tournament title.[4]

The Women's International proved to be a short lived event. Its final edition was played in 1985.

Awards[edit]

Award Winner Country
Money winner Judy Rankin  United States
Scoring leader (Vare Trophy) Judy Rankin (2)  United States
Player of the Year Judy Rankin  United States
Rookie of the Year Bonnie Lauer  United States

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