Hicks in 1928 in Farmingdale, New York
|Full name||Helen L. Hicks Harb|
February 11, 1911|
Cedarhurst, New York
|Died||December 16, 1974(aged 63)|
|Spouse||Whitney Harb (m. 1938–48)|
|Former tour(s)||LPGA Tour (Founder)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in LPGA major championships
|Western Open||Won: 1937|
|Titleholders C'ship||Won: 1940|
Hicks was born in Cedarhurst, New York. She began playing golf at the age of 15, after being taught by her father. She attended Lawrence High School, where she played basketball for her school's team while simultaneously competing and winning such tournaments as the Junior Girls' Championship of the Metropolitan Women's Golf Association. She had a successful amateur career, reaching the finals of the U.S. Women's Amateur twice. She beat Glenna Collett Vare in 1931 and lost to Virginia Van Wie in 1933. She won several other amateur tournaments and played on the first U.S. Curtis Cup team in 1932.
Hicks won two tournaments as a professional that are now considered LPGA major championships: the 1937 Women's Western Open and the 1940 Titleholders Championship. From 1938 to 1948, she competed as Helen Hicks Harb after marrying Whitney Harb.
In 1950, Hicks was one of 13 women that founded the LPGA.
Hicks died of throat cancer in 1974.
this list is incomplete
- 1929 Canadian Women's Amateur
- 1930 New York State Women’s Amateur
- 1931 U.S. Women's Amateur, Metropolitan Women's Amateur, Women's Eastern Championship, New York State Women’s Amateur
- 1933 Metropolitan Women's Amateur, New York State Women’s Amateur
- 1937 Women's Western Open
- 1940 Titleholders Championship
|1937||Women's Western Open||6 & 5||Bea Barrett (a)|
|1940||Titleholders Championship||+36 (87-83-85-81=336)||1 stroke||Helen Dettweiler|
- Elliott, Len; Kelly, Barbara (1976). Who's Who in Golf. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House. p. 90. ISBN 0-87000-225-2.
- Rhonda, Glenn (December 26, 2010). "On The Early Road With Helen Hicks". USGA. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
Born into a jovial and athletic family on Feb. 11, 1911, in Cedarhurst, N.Y., Hicks, like many girls, was introduced to golf by her father. Young Helen began playing at the age of 15 and improved rapidly. She won the Metropolitan Women’s Golf Association Junior Girls’ Championship at the same time she was starring as a basketball player for Lawrence High School.
- U.S. Women's Amateur champions
- 1931 U.S. Women's Amateur
- 1933 U.S. Women's Amateur
- Women's Eastern Golf Association - past champions