Kathy Ahern was an American professional golfer who was born on May 7, 1949 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her earliest achievement was at the 1964 Texas Public Links Championship when she was 15 years old. As a senior student in Dallas, Texas, she won the Texas Amateur, and the Texas Junior tournament titles. She was a runner-up at the United States Golf Association Junior Amateur tournament.
Then in 1967, she started playing professionals golf. By 1970, she won the Southgate Open title. Then Kathy won three Ladies Professional Golf Association tournaments, plus her only major title at the 1972 LPGA Championship, held at the Pleasant Valley Country Club. In that same year, she also won the George Washington Classic title.
In the 1980’s, she rarely played golf due to her injuries so got from the late 1970’s. In the LPGA Tours, Kathy was active in coaching golfers. She was supported her close friend, Sherri Turner, and sometimes caddied for her.
By May 1991, Ahern was diagnosed with breast cancer. She went through some treatments that included lumpectomy and radiation. Then in June 6, 1996, after a 5 year battle, she died in her mother’s home in Fountain Hill, Arizona at the age of 47 years.