Kathy Cornelius

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Kathy Cornelius
Personal information
Full nameKathy McKinnon Cornelius
Born (1932-10-27) October 27, 1932 (age 86)
Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality United States
SpouseBill Cornelius (m. 1953)
CollegeFlorida Southern College
Turned professional1953
Former tour(s)LPGA Tour (1956-1985)
Professional wins8
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour6
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 1)
Western Open6th: 1959, 1961
Titleholders C'ship2nd: 1960
ANA InspirationT62: 1983
Women's PGA C'shipT5: 1965
U.S. Women's OpenWon: 1956
du Maurier ClassicDNP

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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