Lauri Merten

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Lauri Merten
Personal information
Born (1960-07-06) July 6, 1960 (age 60)
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Nationality United States
CollegeArizona State University
Turned professional1983
Former tour(s)LPGA Tour (1983–97)
Professional wins3
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour3
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 1)
ANA InspirationT13: 1985
Women's PGA C'ship2nd: 1993
U.S. Women's OpenWon: 1993
du Maurier ClassicT30: 1993

Lauri Merten (born July 6, 1960) is an American professional golfer. She also competed under the names Lauri Peterson (1983–87) and Lauri Merten-Peterson (1988).

Merten was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She attended Arizona State University and joined the LPGA Tour in 1983.

Merten's three wins on the LPGA Tour came at the 1983 Rail Charity Golf Classic, the 1984 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic and the 1993 U.S. Women's Open, which is one of the LPGA's major championships. 1993 was her best year on the money list, with a sixth-place finish, the only time she made the top-10. Her LPGA Tour career came to its end in 1997.

When she retired, Merten claimed burnout was the cause. Another factor was undoubtedly the unwanted attention surrounding the murder conviction of her brother-in-law Thomas Capano in 1996.[1]

Professional wins[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

LPGA Tour major championships (1)
Other LPGA Tour (2)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Sep 5, 1983 Rail Charity Golf Classic −6 (68-70-72=210) Playoff Canada Judy Ellis
2 Jul 8, 1984 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic −10 (68-72-65-73=278) 2 strokes United States Nancy Lopez
3 Jul 25, 1993 U.S. Women's Open −8 (71-71-70-68=280) 1 stroke Sweden Helen Alfredsson
United States Donna Andrews

LPGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1983 Rail Charity Golf Classic Canada Judy Ellis Won with par on first extra hole

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runners-up
1993 U.S. Women's Open −8 (71-71-70-68=280) 1 stroke Sweden Helen Alfredsson, United States Donna Andrews


  1. ^ "The Week January 5-11". Sports Illustrated. January 18, 1999.

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