Kathy Cornelius

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Kathy Cornelius
Personal information
Full name Kathy McKinnon Cornelius
Born (1932-10-27) October 27, 1932 (age 85)
Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality  United States
Residence Arizona
Spouse Bill Cornelius (m. 1953)
College Florida Southern College
Turned professional 1953
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour (1956-1985)
Professional wins 8
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 6
Other 2
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 1)
Western Open 6th: 1959, 1961
Titleholders C'ship 2nd: 1960
ANA Inspiration T62: 1983
Women's PGA C'ship T5: 1965
U.S. Women's Open Won: 1956
du Maurier Classic DNP

Kathy Cornelius (née McKinnon,[1] born October 27, 1932) is an American professional golfer.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Cornelius attended Florida Southern College, where she played on the men's golf team, as the school did not have a women's team at the time. She turned pro in 1953 and married golf pro Bill Cornelius the same year. She joined the LPGA Tour in 1956 and won two events in her rookie season, including the U.S. Women's Open, which was to be her only major championship. She won six LPGA Tour titles in total and had her highest money list finish in 1973, when she came eighth. She made the top-20 of the money list twelve times in total (1957–65 and 1971–73).

In 1985, Kathy and her husband founded Magique Golf, a golf club company based in Arizona, which they ran until 1999. She later taught golf part-time at Rio Salado Golf Course in Tempe, Arizona.[citation needed] Her daughter, Kay, won the 1981 U.S. Girls' Junior, making them the only mother-daughter pair to win USGA championships.[2]

Professional wins (8)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (6)[edit]

Other wins (2)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
1956 U.S. Women's Open +7 (73-77-73-79=302) Playoff1 United States Barbara McIntire (a)

1 In an 18-hole playoff, Cornelius 75, McIntire 82.


  1. ^ Foster, Jim (April 27, 1957). "Kathy Cornelius had fast rise to LPGA championship". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. p. 14. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "2012 United States Golf Association Championships Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved July 10, 2012. 

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