Texas Golf Association, Since 1906
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Mickey Wright – 82 LPGA victories

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Mickey Wright - 82 LPGA victories

From left:  Sandra Haynie, Marty Leonard, Betty Rushing, Mickey Wright, Polly Riley

One of the pitfalls of being the greatest female golfer to have ever played is getting “claimed” by anyone who can make a connection to you.  Such is the case with Mickey Wright.  Although Wright hails from California and now resides in Florida, she was a Texan during the period of her LPGA dominance, and we have considered her “one of our own” ever since.
 
Her remarkable achievements are well-documented and include the 1952 USGA Junior Girls Championship, 82 professional victories and 13 major championships.  Her 82 victories came over a career that included only 14 years playing a full schedule, highlighted by a four-year run when she claimed 44 victories (1961-1964).  Her Texas home-base during that time was the Oak Cliff Country Club, (now Golf Club of Dallas) which hosted the 1965 WTGA State Amateur Championship.  She watched from the gallery as Kathy Ahern, the 16-year old who would soon join Wright on the LPGA tour and go on to win the 1972 LPGA Championship, claimed the title.  “She played beautifully”, Wright remarked.
 
Although she only played a full schedule for 14 years, during those years no one played as much, won as much, or gave as much as Wright.  In addition to her competitive endeavors, Wright also served as President of the LPGA and the unquestioned face of the tour.  In these roles she was expected at every press conference, promotional activity and sponsor event, and she delivered.  Players such as Ben Hogan and Kathy Whitworth acknowledge hers as the greatest golf swing in the history of the game.  She is beloved and revered by male and female professionals, players from every generation, and golf fans all over the world…including those from all of her “home states”.
 

Program from 1965 WTGA State Amateur - Oak Cliff Country Club, Dallas

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