Betty Dodd

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Betty Dodd
Personal information
Full name Elizabeth Dodd
Born c.1930
Died July 8, 1993 (aged 63)
San Antonio, Texas
Nationality  United States
Status Professional
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour
Professional wins 3
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 2
Other 1
Best results in LPGA major championships
Titleholders C'ship 2nd: 1958
Women's PGA C'ship T8: 1956
U.S. Women's Open 13th: 1954

Elizabeth "Betty" Dodd (c. 1930 – July 8, 1993) was an American professional golfer who played on the LPGA Tour.

Dodd won twice on the LPGA Tour,[1] in 1956 and 1957.[2] She was a close friend of fellow golfer Babe Zaharias. According to Susan Cayleff's biography Babe, Dodd was quoted as to saying "I had such admiration for this fabulous person [Zaharias]. I loved her. I would have done anything for her."[3] They met in a 1950 amateur golf tournament in Miami and became close almost immediately. "As Didrikson's marriage grew increasingly troubled, she spent more time with Dodd. The women toured together on the golf circuit, and eventually Dodd moved in with Zaharias and Didrikson. Victims of the homophobia of the times, they never used the word "lesbian" to describe their relationship, but there is little doubt that Dodd and Didrikson were intimate and loving partners."[4][3][5]

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  1. ^ LPGA All-Time Winners List Archived December 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ LPGA Tournament Chronology 1950-59 Archived January 2, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Cayleff, Susan E. (1996). Babe: The Life and Legend of Babe Didrikson Zaharias. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-06593-4. 
  4. ^ An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture: Didrikson, Mildred "Babe" Archived May 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Cayleff, Susan E. Babe Didrikson: The greatest all-sport athlete of all time. Conari Press, 2000.