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Amy Alcott

Amy Alcott dedicated her life to the game of golf and spent years chasing one last, elusive win before finally making it into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Alcott began playing at age nine and went pro at eighteen in 1975, earning Rookie of the Year status. She started a tradition of jumping into a lake on the golf course at the Nabisco Dinah Shore tournaments to celebrate her wins. In 1980, she won the US Women’s Open by nine strokes. In 1988, she became the third member of LPGA to earn more than $2 million over the course of a career. Alcott won five major championships and twenty-nine LPGA tour events, just shy of the number she needed to earn a spot in the Hall of Fame, and argued that the number and quality of players in LPGA had increased so much that no new player could reach the goal. Ultimately, the association agreed with her, changing to a points-based system in 1999 and awarding her the first World Golf Hall of Fame spot under the new rules. Alcott retired in 2001, hosted several tours, and in 2007 began teaching golf at a girl’s school in California.

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Amy Alcott, one of the greats of women's golf, was the first woman to be inducted into the Ladies Professional Golf Association Hall of Fame under revised eligibility criteria established in 1999.

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Date of Birth
February 22, 1956
Place of Birth
Kansas City, Missouri
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Amy Alcott." (Viewed on August 30, 2014) <http://jwa.org/people/alcott-amy>.

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