Betsy Rawls

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Betsy Rawls
Personal information
Full nameElizabeth Earle Rawls
Born (1928-05-04) May 4, 1928 (age 95)
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Sporting nationality United States
CollegeUniversity of Texas
Turned professional1951
Former tour(s)LPGA Tour (joined 1951)
Professional wins58
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour55
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 8)
Western OpenWon: 1952, 1959
Titleholders C'ship2nd: 1952, 1953, 1959
Women's PGA C'shipWon: 1959, 1969
U.S. Women's OpenWon: 1951, 1953, 1957, 1960
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame1960 (member page)
Money Winner
1952, 1959
LPGA Vare Trophy1959
Patty Berg Award1980
Bob Jones Award1996
LPGA 50th Anniversary
Commissioner's Award

Elizabeth Earle Rawls (born May 4, 1928) is an American former LPGA Tour professional golfer. She won eight major championship and 55 LPGA Tour career events. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Early life and education[edit]

Rawls was the daughter of Robert Miller and Mary Earle Rawls. She was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and moved to Arlington, Texas, in 1940. She went on to graduate from Lovelady High School and enrolled in North Texas Agricultural College (now UT-Arlington) in 1946 as a physics major. As a freshman, she was recognized by faculty and department heads as a "Who's Who" in Physics, and was selected for the Phi Kappa Theta honor society.[1] The following year Rawls transferred to the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with a degree in physics in 1950.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

Rawls started playing golf at age 17. She won the Texas Amateur in 1949 and 1950. She also won the 1949 Trans-National and the 1950 Broadmoor Invitational. In 1950, she finished second at the U.S. Women's Open as an amateur.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Rawls turned professional in 1951 and joined the LPGA Tour. She won her first tournament that year at the Sacramento Women's Invitational Open. She would go on to win a total of 55 events on the LPGA Tour, including eight major championships.[3] In 1959, she earned the LPGA Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average. She was the tour's leading money winner in 1952 and 1959 and finished in the top ten on the money list a total of nine times. She led the tour in wins three times, 1952 with eight, 1957 with five (tied with Patty Berg), and 1959 with ten.

Rawls was the LPGA's president from 1961 to 1962. In 1967, when the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame was created, she was one of the six inaugural inductees. The LPGA recognized her induction year into the Hall of Fame of Women's Golf, 1960, as her official induction year into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame and the World Golf Hall of Fame. Following her retirement from tournament play in 1975, she became a tournament director for the LPGA Tour.[4] From 1987 until 2004, she was the tournament director for the McDonald's LPGA Championship at the DuPont Country Club.[3] In 1996, she was voted the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.[2]

Professional wins[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (55)[edit]

LPGA majors are shown in bold.

Other wins (3)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (8)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1951 U.S. Women's Open +5 (73-71-74-75=293) 5 strokes United States Louise Suggs
1952 Women's Western Open 1 up United States Betty Jameson
1953 U.S. Women's Open +6 (75-78-74-75=302) Playoff1 United States Jackie Pung
1957 U.S. Women's Open +7 (74-74-75-76=299) 6 strokes United States Patty Berg
1959 LPGA Championship +8 (76-68-69-75=288) 1 stroke United States Patty Berg
1959 Women's Western Open −1 (70-76-76-71=293) 6 strokes United States JoAnne Gunderson (a), United States Patty Berg
1960 U.S. Women's Open +4 (76-73-68-75=292) 1 stroke United States Joyce Ziske
1969 LPGA Championship +1 (71-72-79-71=293) 4 strokes United States Susie Berning, United States Carol Mann

1 In an 18-hole playoff, Rawls 70, Pung 77.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "University of Texas: Elizabeth Earle "Betsy" Rawls". UT Physics History Site. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Betsy Rawls – Bio". LPGA. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Myers, Brad (September 4, 2014). "DuPont club to honor Betsy Rawls on Friday". delawareonline. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  4. ^ Barkow, Al (1986). Gettin' To The Dance Floor: An Oral History of American Golf. Atheneum. ISBN 978-0-689-11517-2.

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