Shirley Englehorn

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Shirley Englehorn
Personal information
Full nameShirley Ruth Englehorn
Born (1940-12-12) December 12, 1940 (age 78)
Caldwell, Idaho
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Nationality United States
Turned professional1959
Former tour(s)LPGA Tour (1959–79)
Professional wins12
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour11
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 1)
Western Open3rd: 1967
Titleholders C'shipT6: 1964
Women's PGA C'shipWon: 1970
U.S. Women's OpenT3: 1964
du Maurier ClassicT52: 1979

Shirley Ruth Englehorn (born December 12, 1940)[1] is an American former professional golfer.[2] She won 11 tournaments during her LPGA Tour career, including one major, the 1970 LPGA Championship.[3]

Amateur career[edit]

Born and raised in Caldwell, Idaho,[1][4] Englehorn was introduced to golf by Shirley Spork, one of the thirteen founders of the LPGA, and also studied with Johnny Revolta, an 18-time PGA Tour winner and the PGA Championship victor in 1935.

She won many amateur and open events, including the McCall Open in 1957 and 1958, the Idaho Open from 1957 to 1959 and the Pacific Northwest Amateur in 1958. She also won the Oregon Open in 1959 and was the youngest player ever to receive the Dorothy Pease Trophy (Trans-Miss) at the age of 15.

Professional career[edit]

After graduation from Caldwell High School in 1958, Englehorn turned pro at age 18 in 1959 and joined the LPGA Tour. She was sponsored by the Athletic Round Table of Spokane from 1960 through 1962.[1][5] Despite a career-threatening equestrian accident in Georgia in March 1960,[6][7][8] Englehorn recovered and won her first tournament at age 21 in July 1962 at the Women's Eastern Open in Sutton, Massachusetts.[1][5][9] She won a total of 11 events on the LPGA Tour, including one major championship, the LPGA Championship in 1970 in a playoff over Kathy Whitworth, her third victory at Sutton.[3]

Englehorn led the tour that season in wins with four. Five years earlier in 1965, she suffered injuries in an automobile accident and missed much of the season.[1][10] Englehorn was awarded the Ben Hogan Award in early 1968 by the Golf Writers Association of America in honor of her successful comeback from injuries.[11] She had surgery on her ankle in 1971 and 1973 and in each case returned to compete. She later became a golf instructor, and won the LPGA Teacher of the Year Award in 1978. Her last LPGA appearance was in 1979.[1]

Professional wins (12)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (11)[edit]

LPGA Tour major championships (1)
Other LPGA Tour (10)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
1 Jul 22, 1962 Eastern Open 74-77-75=226 +4 3 strokes United States Mary Mills
2 Sep 9, 1962 Eugene Open [12] 75-69-79-69=292 −4 7 strokes United States Jackie Pung
3 Jul 7, 1963 Lady Carling Eastern Open 71-79-71=221 +4 2 strokes United States JoAnne Carner (a)
4 Aug 9, 1964 Waterloo Women's Open Invitational 72-71-68=211 −5 4 strokes United States Ruth Jessen
5 May 22, 1966 Babe Zaharias Open 71-68-70=209 −1 2 strokes United States Kathy Whitworth
6 Sep 17, 1967 Shirley Englehorn Invitational 71-70-69=210 −3 Playoff United States Kathy Whitworth
7 Aug 10, 1968 Concord Open 77-76-76=229 −2 3 strokes United States Sandra Haynie
8 May 17, 1970 Johnny Londoff Chevrolet Tournament 74-74-68=216 E 2 strokes United States Carol Mann
9 May 31, 1970 O'Sullivan Ladies Open 71-68-71=210 −6 Playoff Australia Margie Masters
10 Jun 7, 1970 Lady Carling Open 72-67-71=210 −9 1 stroke United States Carol Mann
11 Jun 13, 1970 LPGA Championship 70-70-75-70=285 −7 Playoff United States Kathy Whitworth

LPGA Tour playoff record (3–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1963 Rock City Ladies Open United States Barbara Romack Lost to par on third extra hole
2 1966 Alamo Ladies' Open United States Sandra Haynie Lost to birdie on third extra hole
3 1967 Shirley Englehorn Invitational United States Kathy Whitworth Won with par on second extra hole
4 1970 O'Sullivan Ladies Open Australia Margie Masters Won with birdie on first extra hole
5 1970 LPGA Championship United States Kathy Whitworth Won 18-hole playoff by 4 strokes (74−78)

Other wins (1)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
1970 LPGA Championship −7 (70-70-75-70=285) Playoff 1 United States Kathy Whitworth

1 Won in an 18-hole playoff. Englehorn:74, Whitworth:78

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Shirley Englehorn biography at". Retrieved December 23, 2012.
  2. ^ "Women golf pros tour". The Age. Melbourne, Australia. April 11, 1972. p. 31.
  3. ^ a b "Shirley Englehorn wins playoff easily". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. June 16, 1970. p. 13.
  4. ^ Missildine, Harry (August 11, 1960). "Shirley and friends visit Spokane". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 14.
  5. ^ a b "Shirley Englehorn captures first professional golf win". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. July 23, 1962. p. 9.
  6. ^ "Shirley home to recuperate". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. UPI. April 27, 1960. p. 20.
  7. ^ Fraley, Oscar (May 10, 1961). "Miss Englehorn learned fighting spirit from Bantam Ben". The Dispatch. Lexington, North Carolina. UPI. p. 12.
  8. ^ "Shirley visits home folks". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. August 21, 1962. p. 14.
  9. ^ "Idaho miss gains win". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. July 23, 1962. p. 13.
  10. ^ Missildine, Harry (June 13, 1966). "Tourney honors Shirley Englehorn". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 10.
  11. ^ "Miss Englehorn award winner". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. December 27, 1967. p. 47.
  12. ^ Mullin, Bob (September 10, 1962). "Englehorn wins Open by 7 strokes". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 2B.

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