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Betsy Rawls - 1949-1950 WTGA State Amateur Champion

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One of the two women with the most US Women’s Open titles (four) began her Hall of Fame career in Austin, Texas.  Betsy Rawls began her march to competitive dominance by winning consecutive titles in the Austin City Championship in 1947 and 1948.  She followed those with consecutive victories in the WTGA State Amateur Championship in 1949 and 1950.  As an amateur in 1950, she finished 2nd (to Texan Babe Didrickson Zaharias) in the US Women’s Open.

Rawls turned pro the following year and, as her track record would suggest, she won the US Women’s Open in her next attempt in 1951.  She won again in 1953, 1957 and 1960.  Her four victories tie her with Mickey Wright for the most all time.  In all, she won eight major championships and 55 professional events.  She is a member of the Texas, LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame, and a Past President of the LPGA.  In 2009, Betsy provided the WTGA with memories of her two State Amateur victories.  Click here to read about them in her own words.

Betsy Rawls - 1950 WTGA State Amateur Championship

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