Biography of Golfer and Athlete Mickey Wright

About the biography of the famous golfer and athlete Mickey Wright, history and information.

Mickey Wright

Mickey Wright is generally named with Babe Didrikson Zaharias and Joyce Wethered as among the all-time greats in women's golf.

Born in San Diego, Calif., in 1935, Miss Wright joined the professional tour in 1956 and has won 82 tournaments, a record for the LPGA. She also holds the record for the most victories in one year (14 in 1963), widest margin (12 strokes), most birdies in one round (9, shared with Joanne Carner), and she held the record for 9 holes (30) until it was broken by Marlene Hagge's 29 in 1970.

Miss Wright won the Vare Trophy for low-scoring average 5 straight times, 1960-1964, and was leading money winner 4 straight times, 1961-1964. One of her best seasons was 1966 when she won 7 tournaments and earned over $40,000. She ranks behind only. Kathy Whitworth in all-time record earnings.

She has won 4 U.S. Opens and 4 LPGA titles, the only player to win both in the same year, 1958 and 1961. Although playing a limited tournament schedule in recent years, she won the prestigious Colgate-Dinah Shore in 1973 while participating in only 8 events that year. When she sank a 25' birdie putt on the final hole of the Colgate-Dinah Shore in 1973, she did it with a putter she has been using exclusively for 18 years, a rarity in golf circles. That putt gave her the largest 1st prize in the history of professional golf at that time--$25,000.

Named Associated Press Woman Athlete of the Year in 1963 and 1964, she was elected to the LPGA Hall of Fame in 1964.

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