Born on September 27, 1939 in Monahans, Texas, Kathy Whitworth won 88 LPGA Tournaments. She basically has the highest number of titles, more than anyone who played both at the PGA Tour and the LPGA individual Tours, 6 of which where major championships including the 1967, 1971, and 1975 LPGA Championship; 1967 Western Championship; and Titleholder in 1965 and 1966.
Kathy spent most of her childhood in New Mexico and only started playing golf when she was 15 years old. She was competing at the New Mexico Amateur in 1957 during her high school graduation where she took home the trophy instead. She won the same title again in 1958. For a brief moment she joined a college in Odessa, Texas but became a professional golfer when she turned 19. It was the start of her successful professional career and also the year when she joined the LPGA.
Kathy was a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. She was also awarded as the Associated Press Athlete of the Year in 1965 and 1967. She was elected president of the LPGA Executive Board and helped in the formation of the policies and regulations of the organization. She was the captain of the U.S. Solheim Cup team in 1990 and 1992 as well. She was claimed as the Honoree at Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament in 2002 and eventually became an active member of the Women’s Sports Foundation Hall of Fame.
Kathy was known to be a top putter and the best driver. Critiques say that the only victory lacking for her was a title from the U.S. Women’s Open victory. But despite the fact, her biggest moment in the sports came in 1984 where she won three times straight. Her final victory was in 1985 when she took home the title of the United Virginia Bank Classic.