Elizabeth “Betty” Hicks is an American professional golfer who was born on November 16, 1920 in Long Beach, California. She is also known as a golf coach and teacher who teach in several women’s college teams, and an author.
Before playing professional golf, she won the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1941. In that same year, she was recognized as the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year. And then she turned professional in that same year, 1941.
She competed in the U.S. Women’s Open in 1948, 1954 and 1957 but never won. In 1950, she also participated in the LPGA Tour also did on win.
Hick co-authored with Ellen Griffin a book in 1949, “Golf Manual for Teachers”, as well as a self book titled, “My Life: From Fairway to Airway” that tells about her golf and pilot careers.
Other recognition includes the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Hall of Fame, the Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame, San Jose Sports Hall of Fame, the Women’s Sports Foundation International Hall of Fame, the California Golf Writers Hall of Fame, and the International Forest of Friendship Aviation Hall of Fame.
She also won the Ellen Griffin Rolex award in 1999 for helping LPGA teach women to golf.