Mary Mills (golfer)

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Mary Mills
Personal information
Full name Mary Mills
Born (1940-01-19) January 19, 1940 (age 77)
Laurel, Mississippi
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Boca Raton, Florida
Career
College Millsaps College
Florida International University
Turned professional 1962
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour (1962–81)
Professional wins 9
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 9
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 3)
Western Open 4th: 1965
Titleholders C'ship T2: 1966
Women's PGA C'ship Won: 1964, 1973
U.S. Women's Open Won: 1963
du Maurier Classic DNP
Achievements and awards
LPGA Rookie of the Year 1962

Mary Mills (born January 19, 1940) is a retired American professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1962 and won three major championships and nine LPGA Tour victories in all.

Amateur career[edit]

Mills was born in Laurel, Mississippi. She began playing golf at age 11 and her instructor was Johnny Revolta, an 18-time PGA Tour winner and PGA Championship victor. She won the Mississippi State Amateur eight consecutive years starting in 1954, and won the Gulf Coast Amateur twice. She was also medalist in the U.S. Girls' Junior, Western Junior, and the National Collegiate Championship. She attended Millsaps College where she was the No. 1 golfer – on the men's team – all four years.

Professional career[edit]

Mills turned pro and joined the LPGA Tour in 1962, and earned LPGA Rookie of the Year honors. She posted multiple wins in three different seasons on tour, and was in the top-10 on the money list five times, with a high finish of sixth in 1973. She won the U.S. Women's Open in 1963 and the LPGA Championship in 1964 and 1973. She finished in the top ten on the money list four times, with her best finish being sixth place in 1973. She continued playing a full LPGA Tour schedule into the 1980s. She also continued her education. A philosophy major at Millsaps, she returned to school in the 1990s to earn a master's degree in landscape architecture from Florida International University. She puts that degree to use these days designing golf courses. She is also a well-regarded golf instructor.

Professional wins[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (9)[edit]

Legend
LPGA Tour major championships (2)
Other LPGA Tour (7)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jul 20, 1963 U.S. Women's Open −3 (71-70-75-73=289) 3 strokes United States Sandra Haynie
United States Louise Suggs
2 Sep 13, 1964 Eugene Ladies' Open +1 (70-68-75-76=289) 3 strokes United States Sandra Haynie
3 Oct 4, 1964 LPGA Championship −6 (68-69-72-69=278) 2 strokes United States Mickey Wright
4 Aug 15, 1965 St. Louis Open −3 (73-71-72=216) 2 strokes United States Marlene Hagge
United States Carol Mann
5 Sep 12, 1965 Eugene Open +6 (75-74-73-72=294) 1 stroke United States Jo Ann Prentice
6 Oct 19, 1969 Quality Chek'd Classic −3 (70-73-70=213) 1 stroke United States Carol Mann
7 Jun 28, 1970 Len Immke Buick Open E (73-74-69=216) Playoff United States Althea Gibson
United States Sandra Haynie
8 Jun 10, 1973 LPGA Championship −4 (73-73-72-70=288) 1 stroke United States Betty Burfeindt
9 Jul 1, 1973 Lady Tara Classic −2 (77-70-70=217) 1 stroke United States Laura Baugh
United States Sandra Haynie
United States Sharon Miller
United States Judy Rankin

LPGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1970 Len Immke Buick Open United States Althea Gibson
United States Sandra Haynie
Won with par on second extra hole
Haynie eliminated with birdie on first hole
2 1973 Dallas Civitan Open United States Kathy Whitworth Lost to par on second extra hole

Major championships[edit]

Wins (3)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1963 U.S. Women's Open −3 (71-70-75-73=289) 3 strokes United States Sandra Haynie, United States Louise Suggs
1964 LPGA Championship −6 (68-69-72-69=278) 2 strokes United States Mickey Wright
1973 LPGA Championship −4 (73-73-72-70=288) 1 stroke United States Betty Burfeindt

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