Sandra Spuzich

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Sandra Spuzich
Personal information
Born (1937-04-03)April 3, 1937
Indianapolis, Indiana
Died October 6, 2015(2015-10-06) (aged 78)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Nationality  United States
Spouse Joyce Kazmierski
Career
College Indiana University
Turned professional 1962
Retired 1992
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour (1962–92)
Professional wins 8
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 7
Other 1
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 1)
Western Open T15: 1966
Titleholders C'ship 9th: 1966
ANA Inspiration T23: 1983
Women's PGA C'ship 4th: 1968
U.S. Women's Open Won: 1966
du Maurier Classic T10: 1983

Sandra Spuzich (April 3, 1937 – October 6, 2015) was an American professional golfer who played on the LPGA Tour in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Spuzich was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was an amateur golfer and elementary school teacher when she decided to turn professional in 1962. Her first win came at the 1966 U.S. Women's Open by one stroke over Carol Mann and two strokes over Mickey Wright.[1] The tournament was held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota – the first major championship played there.

In 1982 at the age of 45, Spuzich became the oldest player to win two LPGA Tour events in the same year when she won the Corning Classic followed by the Mary Kay Classic.[2]

Spuzich died in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 6, 2015. Her life partner was fellow LPGA golfer Joyce Kazmierski.[3]

Professional wins[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (7)[edit]

Legend
LPGA Tour major championships (1)
Other LPGA Tour (6)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jul 3, 1966 U.S. Women's Open +9 (75-74-76-72=297) 1 stroke United States Carol Mann
2 Aug 3, 1969 Buckeye Savings Invitational +3 (71-72-70=213) 3 strokes United States Judy Rankin
3 May 5, 1974 Lady Tara Classic E (71-76-72=219) Playoff United States Donna Caponi
United States Kathy Whitworth
4 May 29, 1977 Lady Keystone Open −9 (68-66-67=201) 1 stroke Argentina Silvia Bertolaccini
5 Sep 7, 1980 Barth Classic −4 (73-70-69=212) 2 strokes United States Carolyn Hill
United States Lori Garbacz
6 May 30, 1982 Corning Classic −8 (69-72-70-69=280) Playoff United States Patty Sheehan
7 Sep 12, 1982 Mary Kay Classic −10 (70-69-67=206) 1 stroke Switzerland Carole Charbonnier

LPGA Tour playoff record (2–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1968 Corpus Christi Civitan Open United States Judy Rankin Lost to par on second extra hole
2 1974 Lady Tara Classic United States Donna Caponi
United States Kathy Whitworth
Won with par on fifth extra hole
Whitworth eliminated with par on third hole
3 1974 Bluegrass Invitational United States JoAnne Carner Lost to bogey on first extra hole
4 1982 Corning Classic United States Patty Sheehan Won with par on first extra hole

Other wins (1)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
1966 U.S. Women's Open +9 (75-74-76-72=297) 1 stroke United States Carol Mann

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Up from the Basement". Time. July 15, 1966. Retrieved January 8, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Miss Spuzich Wins". The New York Times. September 13, 1982. Retrieved January 8, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Sandra Spuzich Obituary". The Indianapolis Star. October 9, 2015.