1977 LPGA Tour

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The 1977 LPGA Tour was the 28th season since the LPGA Tour officially began in 1950. The season ran from February 11 to November 13. The season consisted of 32 official money events. Debbie Austin and Judy Rankin won the most tournaments, five each. Rankin led the money list with earnings of $122,890, becoming the first player to win $100,000 in a season.

There were six first-time winners in 1977: Debbie Austin, Silvia Bertolaccini, Vivian Brownlee, Bonnie Lauer, Debbie Massey, and Hollis Stacy.

The tournament results and award winners are listed below.

Tournament results[edit]

The following table shows all the official money events for the 1977 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 13 American Cancer Society Classic Florida United States Pam Higgins (2) 212 (-4) 50,000 7,500
Feb 20 Orange Blossom Classic Florida United States Judy Rankin (20) 208 (-8) 50,000 7,500
Feb 27 Bent Tree Classic Florida United States Judy Rankin (21) 209 (-7) 100,000 15,000
Mar 27 Kathryn Crosby/Honda Civic Classic California United States Sandra Palmer (15) 281 (-7) 150,000 22,500
Apr 3 Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle California United States Kathy Whitworth (77) 289 (+1) 240,000 36,000
Apr 17 Women's International South Carolina United States Sandra Palmer (16) 281 (-7) 80,000 12,000
Apr 24 American Defender Classic North Carolina United States Kathy Whitworth (78) 206 (-10) 50,000 7,500
May 1 Birmingham Classic Alabama United States Debbie Austin (1) 207 (-9) 60,000 9,000
May 8 Lady Tara Classic Georgia United States Hollis Stacy (1) 209 (-10) 50,000 7,500
May 15 Greater Baltimore Golf Classic Maryland United States Jane Blalock (15) 209 (-10) 55,000 8,250
May 22 LPGA Coca-Cola Classic New Jersey United States Kathy Whitworth (79) 202 (-11) 77,000 11,500
May 29 Lady Keystone Open Pennsylvania United States Sandra Spuzich (4) 201 (-9) 50,000 7,500
Jun 5 Talk Tournament '77 New York United States JoAnne Carner (18) 284 (-4) 100,000 15,000
Jun 12 LPGA Championship South Carolina Japan Hisako "Chako" Higuchi (2) 279 (-9) 150,000 22,500
Jun 19 Mayflower Classic Indiana United States Judy Rankin (22) 212 (-4) 50,000 7,500
Jun 26 Hoosier Classic Indiana United States Debbie Austin (2) 207 (-9) 50,000 7,500
Jul 3 Peter Jackson Classic Canada United States Judy Rankin (23) 212 (-4) 80,000 12,000
Jul 10 Bankers Trust Classic New York United States Pat Bradley (2) 213 (-6) 75,000 11,000
Jul 17 Borden Classic Ohio United States JoAnne Carner (19) 207 (-9) 80,000 12,000
Jul 24 U.S. Women's Open Minnesota United States Hollis Stacy (2) 292 (+4) 75,000 11,040
Jul 31 Pocono Northeast Classic Pennsylvania United States Debbie Austin (3) 213 (-6) 75,000 11,000
Aug 6 Colgate European Women's Open England United States Judy Rankin (24) 281 (-15) 100,000 15,000
Aug 14 Long Island Charity Classic New York United States Debbie Austin (4) 279 (-9) 100,000 15,000
Aug 21 Wheeling Classic West Virginia United States Debbie Austin (5) 209 (-7) 50,000 7,500
Aug 28 Patty Berg Classic Minnesota United States Bonnie Lauer (1) 212 (-7) 55,000 8,250
Sep 4 Rail Muscular Dystrophy Classic Illinois United States Hollis Stacy (3) 271 (-17) 100,000 15,000
Sep 11 National Jewish Hospital Open Colorado United States JoAnne Carner (20) 210 (-6) 50,000 7,500
Sep 25 The Sarah Coventry California United States Jane Blalock (16) 282 (-10) 100,000 15,000
Oct 2 Dallas Civitan Open Texas United States Vivian Brownlee (1) 217 (+1) 50,000 7,500
Oct 9 Houston Exchange Clubs Classic Texas United States Amy Alcott (4) 208 (-8) 50,000 7,500
Nov 3 Mizuno Japan Classic Japan United States Debbie Massey (1) 220 (-2) 100,000 15,000
Nov 13 Colgate Far East Open Singapore Argentina Silvia Bertolaccini (1) 214 (-2) 100,000 15,000

Awards[edit]

Award Winner Country
Money winner Judy Rankin (2)  United States
Scoring leader (Vare Trophy) Judy Rankin (3)  United States
Player of the Year Judy Rankin (2)  United States
Rookie of the Year Debbie Massey  United States

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