Kathy Ahern

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Kathy Ahern
Kathy Ahern 1972.JPG
Ahern in 1972
Personal information
Full nameKathy Ahern
Born(1949-05-07)May 7, 1949
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
DiedJuly 6, 1996(1996-07-06) (aged 47)
Fountain Hills, Arizona
Nationality United States
Turned professional1967
Former tour(s)LPGA Tour
Professional wins3
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour3
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 1)
Western Open24th: 1967
Titleholders C'shipDNP
ANA InspirationDNP
Women's PGA C'shipWon: 1972
U.S. Women's OpenT2: 1972
du Maurier ClassicDNP

Kathy Ahern (May 7, 1949 – July 6, 1996) was an American professional golfer on the LPGA Tour.[1][2][3]


Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ahern was raised in Dallas, Texas, and won the Texas women's public links title at age 15 in 1964.[1] She joined the LPGA Tour direct from high school in 1967 and won three events, including one major title, the LPGA Championship in 1972.[4]

Ahern's first win came at the Southgate Ladies Open in August 1970,[5] and the last at George Washington Classic in July 1972.[6] She was also a runner-up at the U.S. Women's Open in 1972, the week before her final win.[7] Ahern played little in the 1980s, but remained a presence around the tour and sometimes caddied for Sherri Turner.[1][8]


After a five-year battle against breast cancer, Ahern died at age 47 at her mother's home in Fountain Hills, Arizona, northeast of Phoenix.[1][2][8] At the time of her death, she was a resident of Greenville, South Carolina.[2][8]

Professional wins[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

LPGA Tour major championships (1)
Other LPGA Tour (2)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
1 Aug 23, 1970 Southgate Ladies Open 72-72-67=211 −5 3 strokes United States Judy Rankin
2 Jun 11, 1972 Eve-LPGA Championship 75-73-76-69=293 +1 6 strokes United States Jane Blalock
3 Jul 9, 1972 George Washington Classic 78-68-67=213 −6 1 stroke United States Sandra Haynie

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
1972 Eve-LPGA Championship +1 (75-73-76-69=293) 6 strokes United States Jane Blalock


  1. ^ a b c d Dorman, Larry (July 9, 1996). "Kathy Ahern, 47; Started L.P.G.A. career at 17". New York Times. (obituary). Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Kathy Ahern: Former pro golfer; helped fellow players". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 9, 1996. p. B4.
  3. ^ "1972 LPGA champion Ahern loses battle with cancer at 47". Los Angeles Times. July 9, 1996. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  4. ^ "Kathy Ahern wins Eve LPGA by six strokes". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). UPI. June 12, 1972. p. 16.
  5. ^ "First win for Ahern; shoots 67". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 24, 1970. p. 13.
  6. ^ "Women's golf". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). July 10, 1972. p. 17.
  7. ^ "Finishing 71 brings victory to Susie Maxwell Berning". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. July 3, 1972. p. 10.
  8. ^ a b c "Former pro golfer Kathy Ahern dies at 47 of breast cancer". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). Associated Press. July 9, 1996. p. D4.

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