Donna Caponi

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Donna Caponi
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Donna Caponi-Byrnes
Born (1945-01-29) January 29, 1945 (age 69)
Detroit, Michigan
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Tampa, Florida
Spouse Ken Young (1971–81)
Ted Byrnes (2006–)
Career
Turned professional 1965
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 1965)
Professional wins 29
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 24
Other 5
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
(Wins: 4)
Western Open 21st: 1967
Titleholders C'ship 12th: 1966
Kraft Nabisco C'ship T13: 1985
LPGA Championship Won: 1979, 1981
U.S. Women's Open Won: 1969, 1970
du Maurier Classic 3rd: 1980, 1982
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2001 (member page)
GWAA Female
Player of the Year
1981
PGA First Lady of
Golf Award[1]
2010

Donna Caponi-Byrnes (born January 29, 1945) is an American LPGA Tour professional golfer. She became a member of the tour in 1965 and won four major championships and 24 LPGA Tour career events. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Amateur career[edit]

Caponi was born in Detroit, Michigan. She started playing golf at the age of 5. She learned golf from her father, Harry, and won the Los Angeles Junior title in 1956. She tied for 21st as an amateur at the 1964 Hillside House Ladies' Open on the LPGA Tour.

Professional career[edit]

Caponi joined the LPGA Tour in 1965. She won her first tournament in 1969 at the U.S. Women's Open. She is one of 14 players to make the U.S. Women’s Open her first LPGA victory. She would repeat as champion in 1970. Only Mickey Wright had ever won back-to-back U.S. Women's Opens before Caponi, who also matched Wright's 72-hole scoring record of 287. She would go on to win a total of 24 events on the LPGA Tour, including four major championships.

Caponi was named Female Player of the Year by Golf Writers Association of America in 1981. She finished in the top ten on the money list ten times between 1968 and 1981, including second place finishes in 1976 and 1980. She retired from full-time competition in 1988. She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2009, she was the recipient of the PGA First Lady of Golf Award.[1]

She is currently an announcer on the Golf Channel, covering the Champions Tour.

Personal life[edit]

From 1971 to 1981, Caponi was married to Ken Young and was known as Donna Caponi Young. After her divorce in 1981, she changed her name back to Donna Caponi.[2] She married her longtime boyfriend Edward "Ted" Byrnes on July 29, 2006, and changed her name to Donna Caponi-Byrnes.

Professional wins (29)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (24)[edit]

Legend
LPGA Tour major championships (4)
Other LPGA Tour (20)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jun 29, 1969 U.S. Women's Open +2 (74-75-76-69=294) 1 stroke United States Peggy Wilson
2 Sep 21, 1969 Lincoln-Mercury Open −2 (74-68-72=214) Playoff United States Kathy Whitworth
3 May 24, 1970 Bluegrass Invitational −2 (72-70-72=214) 1 stroke United States Mary Mills
4 Jul 5, 1970 U.S. Women's Open +3 (69-70-71-77=287) 1 stroke United States Sandra Haynie, United States Sandra Spuzich
5 May 20, 1973 Bluegrass Invitational −3 (72-72-72=216) 2 strokes United States Sandra Spuzich
6 Feb 2, 1975 Burdine's Invitational −8 (70-71-67=208) 3 strokes United States Kathy Cornelius
7 May 11, 1975 Lady Tara Classic −5 (72-70-72=214) 1 stroke United States Gloria Ehret, Canada Sandra Post
8 Jun 13, 1976 Peter Jackson Classic −4 (72-73-67=212) Playoff United States Judy Rankin
9 Sep 19, 1976 Portland Classic −2 (72-71-74=217) Playoff United States Clifford Ann Creed
10 Sep 26, 1976 The Carlton −6 (69-69-72-72=282) 5 strokes United States Jane Blalock, United States Judy Rankin
11 Nov 3, 1976 LPGA/Japan Mizuno Classic −5 (74-71-72=217) 4 strokes Japan Chako Higuchi
12 Sep 17, 1978 The Sarah Coventry −10 (72-71-68-71=282) 5 strokes United States Jane Blalock
13 Oct 22, 1978 Houston Exchange Clubs Classic −9 (70-68-69=207) 3 strokes United States Alexandra Reinhardt
14 Jun 10, 1979 LPGA Championship −9 (69-70-70-70=279) 3 strokes United States Jerilyn Britz
15 Mar 23, 1980 LPGA National Pro-Am −2 (71-74-71-70=286) 1 stroke United States Nancy Lopez
16 Apr 6, 1980 Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle −13 (71-67-66-71=275) 2 storkes United States Amy Alcott
17 May 25, 1980 Corning Classic −7 (66-72-69-74=281) 2 strokes United States Myra Blackwelder
18 Sep 14, 1980 United Virginia Bank Classic −11 (70-67-66-74=277) 4 strokes United States Nancy Lopez
19 Sep 21, 1980 ERA Real Estate Classic −9 (75-68-71-69=283) 5 strokes United States Shelley Hamlin
20 Mar 22, 1981 LPGA Desert Inn Pro-Am −3 (74-75-69-68=286) 3 strokes United States Pat Bradley
21 Apr 12, 1981 American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic −8 (71-65-72=208) 1 stroke Canada Cathy Sherk
22 Jun 14, 1981 LPGA Championship −8 (69-68-70-73=280) 1 stroke United States Jerilyn Britz, United States Pat Meyers
23 Jul 19, 1981 WUI Classic −6 (71-69-69-73=282) 2 strokes United States Julie Pyne
24 Aug 2, 1981 Boston Five Classic −12 (69-68-68-71=276) 6 strokes Australia Jan Stephenson
Note: Caponi won the Peter Jackson Classic (which became the du Maurier Classic) and the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle (now known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship) before they became major championships.

LPGA Tour playoff record (3–5)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1969 Lincoln-Mercury Open United States Kathy Whitworth Won with par on first extra hole
2 1974 Lady Tara Classic United States Sandra Spuzich, United States Kathy Whitworth Spuzich won with par on fifth extra hole
Whitworth eliminated with par on third hole
3 1976 Peter Jackson Classic United States Judy Rankin Won with par on first extra hole
4 1976 Portland Classic United States Clifford Ann Creed Won with birdie on second extra hole
5 1979 Women's Kemper Open United States JoAnne Carner, Japan Chako Higuchi,
United States Nancy Lopez, Australia Jan Stephenson
Carner won with par on second extra hole
Caponi, Lopez, and Stephenson eliminated with par on first hole
6 1980 West Virginia LPGA Classic Canada Sandra Post Lost to birdie on third extra hole
7 1981 Florida Lady Citrus United States Beth Daniel, United States Cindy Hill,
United States Patti Rizzo, United States Patty Sheehan
Daniel won with birdie on second extra hole
Hill, Rizzo, and Sheehan eliminated with par on first hole
8 1981 Inamori Classic United States Amy Alcott, United States Hollis Stacy,
Australia Jan Stephenson
Stacy won with birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (5)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (4)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1969 U.S. Women's Open +2 (74-76-75-69=294) 1 stroke United States Peggy Wilson
1970 U.S. Women's Open +3 (69-70-71-77=287) 1 stroke United States Sandra Haynie, United States Sandra Spuzich
1979 LPGA Championship −9 (69-70-70-70=279) 3 strokes United States Jerilyn Britz
1981 LPGA Championship −8 (69-68-70-73=280) 1 stroke United States Jerilyn Britz, United States Pat Meyers

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ferncroft Country Club, Ferncroft CC Member Donna Caponi-Byrnes Receives PGA First Lady of Golf Award Accessed November 23, 2011.
  2. ^ NY Times News Service, Donna Caponi starting over again August 24, 1981. Accessed November 23, 2011.

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