Biography of Golfer and Athlete Patty Berg

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Patty Berg

Patty Berg, one of America's pioneer professional women golf players, is recognized as one of the sport's all-time greats.

Born in Minneapolis, Minn., in 1918, she was runner-up in the U.S. Amateur when only 17. Second again in 1937, she won the title in 1938. Turning professional in 1940, she was the 1st president of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, which she helped form in 1948.

She has won 83 events in her career, 41 since the LPGA was formed. She won 3 Vare trophies for low-scoring average, in 1953, 1955 and 1956. In 1952 she shot a record one-round 64, which stood until broken by Mickey Wright's 62 in 1964.

Miss Berg was leading money winner on the professional tour 3 times, and is one of the all-time high money winners. She won the U.S. Open Championship in 1946, and was the 1st to make a hole in one in that event, in 1959, at Churchill Valley Country Club. She was named Associated Press Woman Athlete of the Year 3 times, and she was elected to the LPGA Hall of Fame in 1951.

Since recovering from surgery in 1970, she has played a limited schedule on the professional tour, but remains the chief ambassador for women's golf. Her activities include clinics, speeches, promotions, committee work, public relations, and teaching golf in her residence area of Fort Myers, Fla., particularly to youngsters.

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