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Bettye Danoff - 1948 Champion, LPGA Founder

Bettye Danoff may be best known as one of three Texans among the 13 founding members of the LPGA.  Before forming the tour and playing professionally, Danoff enjoyed a successful amateur career.  She made her first appearance in the WTGA State Amateur Championship in 1947 when she lost in the semi-finals to Aniela Goldthwaite.  That same year, she ended “Babe” Didrickson Zaharias’ streak of 17 consecutive wins by defeating her in the Texas Women’s Open.  In 1948, she shared medalist honors with Betsy Rawls and went on to win the championship.  In order to claim the title, she had to defeat Goldthwaite in a semi-final rematch, and then face two-time champion Kay Pearson Keating.  Her great play continued in 1948 as she claimed medalist honors in the 1948 US Women’s Amateur Championship.

She turned pro before defending her WTGA title in 1949, with intentions of teaching golf and playing exhibitions.  In 1950, she joined two other former Texas Amateur champions (Zaharias and Betty Jameson) and 10 others in founding the Ladies Professional Golf Association.  She won the 1953 LPGA Hardscrabble Open and traveled with her three young daughters while competing, and became the LPGA tour's first grandmother.

Danoff (left) with Mrs. Hack Williford, Kay Pearson Keating and Aniela Goldthwaite - 1948

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Awesome article!
Posted by Kyle Stevens on February 16, 2016 @ 11:27 am

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