|Full name||Nancy Marie Lopez|
|Born||January 6, 1957|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Residence||The Villages, Florida|
|Spouse||Ed Russell (m. 2017)|
Ray Knight (1982–2009)
Tim Melton (1979–1982)
|Children||Ashley, Erinn, Torri|
|College||University of Tulsa|
|Retired||2003, unretired 2007|
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|LPGA of Japan Tour||1|
|Best results in LPGA major championships|
|ANA Inspiration||T3: 1995|
|Women's PGA C'ship||Won: 1978, 1985, 1989|
|U.S. Women's Open||2nd/T2: 1975, 1977, 1989, 1997|
|du Maurier Classic||2nd/T2: 1979, 1981, 1996|
|Women's British Open||DNP|
|Achievements and awards|
Nancy Marie Lopez (born January 6, 1957) is a retired American professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1977 and won 48 LPGA Tour events, including three major championships.
Lopez won the New Mexico Women's Amateur at age 12 in 1969, and the U.S. Girls' Junior in 1972 and 1974, at ages 15 and 17, respectively. Shortly after graduation from Goddard High School in Roswell, she played in the U.S. Women's Open as an amateur, first in 1974 and again in 1975 where she tied for second.
As a collegiate freshman in 1976, Lopez was named All-American and Female Athlete of the Year for her play at the University of Tulsa. That year she won the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) national intercollegiate golf championship and was a member of the U.S. Curtis Cup and World Amateur teams. Lopez left college after her sophomore year and turned pro in 1977, and again was the runner-up at the U.S. Women's Open.
During her first full season on the LPGA Tour in 1978, Lopez won nine tournaments, including five consecutive. She appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in July, won the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average, LPGA Rookie of the Year, LPGA Player of the Year and was named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year. She won another eight times in 1979, and won multiple times in each year from 1980 to 1984, although she played only half-seasons in 1983 and 1984 due to the birth of her first child.
Playing full-time again in 1985, Lopez posted five wins, five seconds, five thirds, won the money title, the scoring title, the Player of the Year Award, and was named Associate Press Female Athlete of the Year for a second time. She entered only four events in 1986, when her second daughter was born, but came back with multiple wins in 1987–89 - three times each in 1988 and 1989 - and once again won Player of the Year honors in 1988. Lopez' schedule was curtailed again in the early 1990s when her third daughter was born. In 1992 she won twice. Lopez continued to play short schedules - from 11 to 18 tournaments - through 2002, then in 2003 cut back to just a half dozen or fewer events a year.
Lopez was considered to be one of the greats of women's golf, and she was the game's best player from the late 1970s to late 1980s. She won three majors, and all were at the LPGA Championship, at the same course, in 1978, 1985, and 1989. Lopez never won the U.S. Women's Open, but finished second four times, the last in 1997 when she became the first in the event's history to score under 70 for all four rounds, yet lost to Alison Nicholas. She won the Colgate-Dinah Shore in 1981, two years before it became a major, and was a runner-up three times at the du Maurier Classic in Canada.
Lopez was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1987. She was a member of the United States Solheim Cup team in 1990 and was captain of the team in 2005. Lopez retired from regular tournament play in 2002 and attempted a return in 2007 and 2008. In her return season, she played six tournaments, missed the cut in each, and only broke 80 in three of the 12 rounds. In 2008, she played in three events, with a low score of 76, never making the cut. She was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
Lopez is the only woman to win LPGA Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year, and the Vare Trophy in the same season (1978). Her company, Nancy Lopez Golf, makes a full line of women's clubs and accessories. She also does occasional television commentary.
Lopez was married to Houston sportscaster Tim Melton from 1979 to 1982. Shortly after her divorce, she married Major League All-Star baseball player Ray Knight, then a member of the Houston Astros, in October 1982 in Pelham, Georgia. They were married for 27 years, divorcing in 2009, and have three daughters. While married, Lopez and Knight lived in Georgia in his hometown of Albany. Since 1986, she has hosted the Nancy Lopez Hospice Golf Classic at the Doublegate Country Club to raise money for Albany Community Hospice, returning yearly even after her divorce from Knight in 2009. She currently resides in The Villages, Florida where she hosts an annual golf tournament to benefit the charity AIM (Adventures in Movement), an organization that helps mentally challenged, visually impaired, hearing impaired, physically handicapped and other children and adults with special needs. She has hosted the tournament since 1981 and also serves as a national ambassador with AIM. In 2008, Lopez donated $5,000 to the Republican National Committee. In 2017, Lopez married for a third time to Ed Russell.
this list may be incomplete
- 1969 New Mexico Women's Amateur
- 1970 New Mexico Women's Amateur
- 1971 New Mexico Women's Amateur
- 1972 U.S. Girls' Junior, Women's Western Junior
- 1973 Women's Western Junior
- 1974 U.S. Girls' Junior, Women's Western Junior
- 1975 Mexican Amateur
- 1976 AIAW National Championship, Women's Western Amateur, Women's Trans National Amateur
LPGA Tour wins (48)
Note: Lopez won the Colgate-Dinah Shore (now known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship) before it became a major championship.
LPGA Tour playoff record (8–7)
|1||1978||Kathryn Crosby/Honda Civic Classic||Sally Little||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|2||1978||Coca-Cola Classic||JoAnne Carner||Won with par on first extra hole|
|3||1978||Mizuno-Japan Classic|| Michiko Okada
|Okada won with birdie on fifth extra hole|
Tu eliminated by birdie on second hole
|4||1979||Women's Kemper Open|| Donna Caponi
|Carner won with par on second extra hole|
Caponi, Lopez, and Stephenson eliminated by par on first hole
|5||1979||Coca-Cola Classic|| Bonnie Bryant
Jo Ann Washam
|Won with birdie on second extra hole|
Bryant, Stacy, and Washam eliminated by birdie on first hole
|6||1980||Mary Kay Classic||Jerilyn Britz||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
|7||1985||Portland Ping Championship||Lori Garbacz||Won with birdie on third extra hole|
|8||1988||AI Star/Centinela Hospital Classic||Marta Figueras-Dotti||Won with par on second extra hole|
|9||1988||Crestar Classic|| Juli Inkster
|Inkster won with eagle on first extra hole|
|10||1988||Rochester International|| Mei-Chi Cheng
|Cheng won with birdie on second extra hole|
Sheehan eliminated by par on first hole
|11||1990||MBS LPGA Classic||Cathy Gerring||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|12||1992||Rail Charity Classic||Laura Davies||Won with par on first extra hole|
|13||1992||Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship||Jane Crafter||Won with par on second extra hole|
|14||1993||Youngstown-Warren LPGA Classic||Deb Richard||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|15||1998||Sara Lee Classic|| Donna Andrews
|Mucha won with birdie on second extra hole|
LPGA of Japan Tour wins (1)
- 1982 (1) Mazda Japan Classic1
1Co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour
Other wins (4)
- 1979 Portland Ping Team Championship (with Jo Ann Washam)
- 1980 JCPenney Mixed Team Classic (with Curtis Strange)
- 1987 Mazda Champions (with Miller Barber)
- 1992 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (with Dottie Mochrie and Patty Sheehan)
|1978||LPGA Championship||−13 (71-65-69-70=275)||6 strokes||Amy Alcott|
|1985||LPGA Championship||−15 (65-71-72-65=273)||8 strokes||Alice Miller|
|1989||Mazda LPGA Championship||−14 (71-69-68-66=274)||3 strokes||Ayako Okamoto|
|U.S. Women's Open||T18||T2LA||CUT||2||T9||T11||T7|
|du Maurier Classic||...||...||...||...||...||2||T6|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||...||...||T6||T16||T11||T33||T5||T18||CUT|
|U.S. Women's Open||WD||T7||T35||T4||T21||T12||2||T14|
|du Maurier Classic||T2||T9||WD||T8||T21||T45||9|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T30||CUT||T8||T9||T3||T15||T23||T13||T21||T43|
|U.S. Women's Open||T16||T7||T35||T28||CUT||2||CUT||CUT||T46|
|du Maurier Classic||T22||T2||T27|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T63||CUT||CUT||WD||CUT|
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT|
|Women's British Open ^|
^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001.
LA = Low amateur
CUT = missed the half=way cut.
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
U.S. national team appearances
- Solheim Cup: 1990 (winners), 2005 (non-playing captain, winners)
- Handa Cup: 2011 (winners), 2012 (tie, Cup retained), 2013
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Next to her was 20-year-old Nancy Marie Lopez...
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Hall of Fame golfer Nancy Lopez in 1957 (age 62)
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- "AIM Ambassadors". Retrieved June 24, 2013.
- "Donor Lookup".
- Katherine M. Jamieson. "Reading Nancy Lopez: Decoding Representations of Race, Class, and Sexuality"
- Baca Zinn, Maxine and Bonnie Thornton Dill. "Theorizing Difference from Multiracial Feminism." Feminist Theory Reader. Carole R. McCann & Seung-Kyung Kim, eds. New York, NY: Routledge Press, 2003.