Ahern in 1972
|Full name||Kathy Ahern|
|Born||May 7, 1949|
|Died||July 6, 1996 (aged 47)|
Fountain Hills, Arizona
|Former tour(s)||LPGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in LPGA major championships|
|Western Open||24th: 1967|
|Women's PGA C'ship||Won: 1972|
|U.S. Women's Open||T2: 1972|
|du Maurier Classic||DNP|
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ahern was raised in Dallas, Texas, and won the Texas women's public links title at age 15 in 1964. She joined the LPGA Tour direct from high school in 1967 and won three events, including one major title, the LPGA Championship in 1972.
Ahern's first win came at the Southgate Ladies Open in August 1970, and the last at George Washington Classic in July 1972. She was also a runner-up at the U.S. Women's Open in 1972, the week before her final win. Ahern played little in the 1980s, but remained a presence around the tour and sometimes caddied for Sherri Turner.
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. At the time of her death, she was a resident of Greenville, South Carolina.
LPGA Tour wins (3)
|LPGA Tour major championships (1)|
|Other LPGA Tour (2)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||Aug 23, 1970||Southgate Ladies Open||72-72-67=211||−5||3 strokes||Judy Rankin|
|2||Jun 11, 1972||Eve-LPGA Championship||75-73-76-69=293||+1||6 strokes||Jane Blalock|
|3||Jul 9, 1972||George Washington Classic||78-68-67=213||−6||1 stroke||Sandra Haynie|
|1972||Eve-LPGA Championship||+1 (75-73-76-69=293)||6 strokes||Jane Blalock|
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- "First win for Ahern; shoots 67". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 24, 1970. p. 13.
- "Women's golf". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). July 10, 1972. p. 17.
- "Finishing 71 brings victory to Susie Maxwell Berning". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. July 3, 1972. p. 10.
- "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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