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Amy Alcott
Amy Alcott
Personal information
Born (1956-02-22) February 22, 1956 (age 64)
Kansas City, Missouri
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Nationality United States
ResidenceSanta Monica, California
Career
Turned professional1975
Current tour(s)LPGA Tour (joined 1975)
Professional wins34
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour29
LPGA of Japan Tour3
Other3
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 5)
ANA InspirationWon: 1983, 1988, 1991
Women's PGA C'ship2nd: 1978, 1988
U.S. Women's OpenWon: 1980
du Maurier ClassicWon: 1979
Women's British OpenDNP
Evian ChampionshipDNP
Achievements and awards

Amy Alcott (born February 22, 1956) is an American professional golfer[1] and golf course designer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1975, and won five major championships and 29 LPGA Tour events in all. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. She was a part of the architectural team that designed the golf course for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[2]

Professional career

Alcott was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and is Jewish.[3] She won the U.S. Girls' Junior in 1973,[4] She turned pro in 1975 at age 18, directly upon graduating from Palisades High School in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles.[5] Her first victory came in just her third start as a professional at the Orange Blossom Classic on the LPGA Tour.[6] She went on to be named LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year.[4] Alcott won four tournaments in a year three times, in 1979, 1980, and 1984. Her best year came in 1980, when in addition to those four victories she also won the LPGA Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average, finished second five times and was in the Top 10 in 21 out of 28 tournaments played.[7]

Alcott's first major championship victory came at the 1979 Peter Jackson Classic (later renamed the du Maurier Classic). She went on to win the U.S. Women's Open in 1980 and the Nabisco Dinah Shore in three times, in 1983, 1988, and 1991. The 1991 Nabisco Dinah Shore was her final victory on the LPGA Tour. After her win at the 1988 Dinah Shore, Alcott initiated what is now a tradition of the winner leaping into Poppie's Pond to celebrate.[8]

That win was the 29th of her career.[4] At the time, the LPGA Hall of Fame required at least 30 career wins for entry. Alcott chased for the 30th win in vain over the next several years.[1] In 1999, the LPGA switched to a points-based criteria under which Alcott gained admission and she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.[7]

From 2001 to 2004, the Office Depot Championship Hosted by Amy Alcott was a part of the LPGA Tour. Following the end of her touring days, Alcott started working in golf course design and also hosted a satellite radio program. She has written an instructional book and taped an instructional video. Alcott, who is Jewish, is also a member of the National Jewish Museum Sports Hall of Fame. In July 2007, Alcott accepted the position as girls' golf coach at Harvard-Westlake School in North Hollywood, California.[7]

Professional wins (33)

LPGA Tour wins (29)

Legend
LPGA Tour major championships (5)
Other LPGA Tour (24)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Feb 23, 1975 Orange Blossom Classic -9 (68-69-71=207) 1 stroke Canada Sandra Post
2 May 23, 1976 '76 LPGA Classic -4 (71-71-67=209) 1 stroke United States Jane Blalock
3 Nov 27, 1976 Colgate Far East Open -5 (72-72-67=211) 1 stroke United States Donna Caponi
4 Oct 9, 1977 Houston Exchange Clubs Classic -8 (68-70-70=208) 5 strokes United States Carol Mann
United States Kathy Postlewait
United States Donna White
5 Apr 23, 1978 American Defender Classic -10 (71-67-68=206) Playoff United States Hollis Stacy
6 Feb 18, 1979 Elizabeth Arden Classic -3 (70-70-72-73=285) Playoff Canada Sandra Post
7 Jul 29, 1979 Peter Jackson Classic -7 (75-70-70-70=285) 3 strokes United States Nancy Lopez
8 Oct 14, 1979 United Virginia Bank Classic -2 (70-70-73-73=286) 1 stroke United States Susie McAllister
9 Nov 3, 1979 Mizuno Japan Classic1 -11 (71-73-67=211) 1 stroke Canada Sandra Post
10 Apr 13, 1980 American Defender/WRAL Classic -10 (68-69-69=206) 4 strokes United States Donna Caponi
11 Jul 6, 1980 Mayflower Classic -13 (69-65-72-69=275) 3 strokes United States JoAnne Carner
South Africa Sally Little
12 Jul 13, 1980 U.S. Women's Open -5 (70-70-68-72=280) 9 strokes United States Hollis Stacy
13 Oct 12, 1980 Inamori Golf Classic -12 (69-69-72-70=280) 4 strokes United States Beth Daniel
United States Patty Hayes
14 Feb 22, 1981 Bent Tree Ladies Classic -12 (71-67-71-67=276) 1 stroke United States JoAnne Carner
15 May 10, 1981 Lady Michelob -7 (69-74-66=209) 1 stroke South Africa Sally Little
16 Mar 28, 1982 Women's Kemper Open -6 (72-74-69-71=286) 1 stroke United States JoAnne Carner
17 Apr 3, 1983 Nabisco Dinah Shore -6 (70-70-70-72=282) 2 strokes United States Beth Daniel
United States Kathy Whitworth
18 May 13, 1984 United Virginia Bank Classic -6 (71-70-69=210) 2 strokes United States Cathy Marino
19 Jul 1, 1984 Lady Keystone Open -8 (74-69-65=208) 1 stroke United States Juli Inkster
United States Martha Nause
20 Sep 9, 1984 Portland Ping Championship -4 (69-73-71=212) 3 strokes United States Kathy Guadagnino
21 Sep 23, 1984 San Jose Classic -8 (69-70-72=211) 2 strokes United States Betsy King
United States Beverly Klass
United States Pat Meyers
United States Kathy Whitworth
22 Feb 24, 1985 Circle K Tucson Open -9 (74-69-69-67=279) 1 stroke United States Betsy King
23 May 5, 1985 Moss Creek Women's Invitational -4 (72-70-73-69=284) 4 strokes United States Juli Inkster
United States Nancy Lopez
United States Kathy Postlewait
United States Patty Sheehan
24 Aug 18, 1985 Nestle World Championship of Women's Golf -14 (65-70-70-69=274) Playoff United States Patty Sheehan
25 Jul 6, 1986 Mazda Hall of Fame Championship -4 (70-70-72-72=284) Playoff United States Lauren Howe
26 Aug 3, 1986 LPGA National Pro-Am -5 (72-69-72-70=283) 1 stroke United States Pat Bradley
United States Christa Johnson
27 Apr 3, 1988 Nabisco Dinah Shore -14 (71-66-66-71=274) 2 strokes United States Colleen Walker
28 Jul 23, 1989 Boston Five Classic -16 (68-68-68-68=272) 3 strokes United States Cathy Marino
29 Mar 31, 1991 Nabisco Dinah Shore -15 (67-70-68-68=273) 8 strokes United States Dottie Mochrie

1Co-sanctioned by the LPGA of Japan Tour

LPGA Tour playoff record (4-5)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1975 Charity Golf Classic United States Sandra Haynie
United States Judy Rankin
Haynie won with par on fourth extra hole
Rankin eliminated with par on first hole
2 1978 American Defender Classic United States Hollis Stacy Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 1979 Elizabeth Arden Classic Canada Sandra Post Won with eagle on third extra hole
4 1980 CPC Women's International United States Hollis Stacy Lost to birdie on first extra hole
5 1981 Inamori Classic United States Donna Caponi
United States Hollis Stacy
Australia Jan Stephenson
Stacy won with birdie on first extra hole
6 1985 Nestle World Championship of Women's Golf United States Patty Sheehan Won with birdie on second extra hole
7 1985 LPGA National Pro-Am United States Pat Bradley Lost to birdie on second extra hole
8 1986 Mazda Hall of Fame Championship United States Lauren Howe Won with birdie on first extra hole
9 1986 Konica San Jose Classic United States Betsy King
Japan Ayako Okamoto
United States Patty Sheehan
Sheehan won with birdie on first extra hole

LPGA of Japan Tour wins (3)

1Co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour

Other wins (2)

  • 1981 Mr. Goodwrench Invitational (with Larry Nelson)
  • 1986 Mazda Champions (with Bob Charles)

Legends Tour wins (1)

  • 2019 ANA Inspiration Legends Day

Major championships

Wins (5)

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1979 Peter Jackson Classic -7 (75-70-70-70=285) 3 strokes United States Nancy Lopez
1980 U.S. Women's Open -4 (70-70-68-72=280) 9 strokes United States Hollis Stacy
1983 Nabisco Dinah Shore -6 (70-70-70-72=282) 2 strokes United States Beth Daniel, United States Kathy Whitworth
1988 Nabisco Dinah Shore -14 (71-66-66-71=274) 2 strokes United States Colleen Walker
1991 Nabisco Dinah Shore -15 (67-70-68-68=273) 8 strokes United States Dottie Mochrie

Results timeline

Results not in chronological order before 2015.

Tournament 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980
Women's PGA Championship CUT CUT T34 2 3 T10
U.S. Women's Open 18 T5 T4 T12 T37 1
du Maurier Classic 1 T10
Tournament 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
ANA Inspiration 1 T10 T31 T14 T11 1 T62 T34
Women's PGA Championship 9 T5 T26 T52 T8 T15 T9 2 T14 T46
U.S. Women's Open T19 T13 T11 T3 11 T5 T12 T41 T26 T9
du Maurier Classic T25 WD T13 T10 3 T8 T14 T4 T4 CUT
Tournament 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
ANA Inspiration 1 T32 T56 T58 CUT T23 T57 T40 T33 CUT
Women's PGA Championship 10 T10 CUT T7 CUT CUT T67 CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Women's Open 3 T13 T26 T6 T63 CUT CUT
du Maurier Classic T44 CUT T25 T14 T33 T36 T52 CUT CUT T65
Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
ANA Inspiration CUT T68 CUT 77 CUT CUT CUT CUT
Women's PGA Championship T54 CUT WD
U.S. Women's Open
Women's British Open ^

^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001.
^^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013.

  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut.
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied

Summary

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
ANA Inspiration 3 0 0 3 4 7 29 18
Women's PGA Championship 0 2 1 4 11 13 29 19
U.S. Women's Open 1 0 2 6 8 16 23 21
Women's British Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
du Maurier Classic 1 0 1 4 7 12 22 17
Totals 5 2 4 17 30 48 103 75

Team appearances

Professional

  • Handa Cup (representing the United States): 2006 (winners), 2007 (winners), 2008 (winners), 2009 (winners), 2010 (winners)

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Hyman, Paula; Moore, Deborah Dash (1997). Jewish Women in America: A-L. Taylor & Francis. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ The Larkin Group, Amy Alcott Archived December 7, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  3. ^ "AMY ALCOTT". Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Siegman, Joseph (2000). Jewish sports legends: the International Jewish Hall of Fame. Brassey's. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ Featured Articles about Amy Alcott - Page 4 - latimes
  6. ^ 19-year-old wins women's tee
  7. ^ a b c "Amy Alcott". Golf.about.com. Archived from the original on December 2, 2010. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ Alcott, Caddy Take Plunge After Winning Dinah Shore

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