Professional

2001 Highlights

Captured her 34th career win and third ShopRite LPGA Classic title, posting three consecutive rounds in the 60s, including her season-low of 65 in the first round.

Tied for sixth at the Tyco/ADT Championship and tied for 10th at the AFLAC Champions Presented by Southern Living.

Crossed the $7 million mark in career-earnings with her win at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

2001 Stats (rank)

Rds under par: 32/82 (54) Rds in the 60s: 16/82 (49) Birdies: 263 (28)

Eagles: 9 (10) Greens in reg: 68.4% (29) Driving accuracy: 66% (132)

Sand saves: 41.5% (75) Putting avg: 30.26 (84) Driving avg: 254.80 (18)

Career Highlights

In 2000, claimed her 32nd LPGA Tour victory at the Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open; won her second tournament of the season at the LPGA Corning Classic by virtue of a two-hole sudden-death playoff with Vicki Goetze-Ackerman and Kelli Kuehne, King's first playoff victory in more than seven-and-a-half years (1992 Mazda Japan Classic).

In 1999, best finish was a tie for sixth at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

In 1998, became the first player in LPGA history to pass the $6 million mark in career earnings when she tied for 30th at the Standard Register PING; recorded six top-10 finishes with her best coming at the du Maurier Classic where she finished third; won the inaugural (1997) Lilly Legends Series title at the HEALTHSOUTH Inaugural.

In 1997, captured the Nabisco Dinah Shore title for her 31st career victory and the sixth major championship of her career; joined Amy Alcott as the only two players to have won that major championship three times; recorded her seventh career hole-in-one during the first round of the First Bank Presents the Edina Realty Classic; she is tied for fifth in the LPGA's all-time records for most holes-in-one recorded during a career.

In 1996, announced the addition of the Betsy King LPGA Classic to the LPGA's schedule; best finish was fifth place at the Michelob Light Heartland Classic; recorded her sixth career hole-in-one during the second round of the Sprint Titleholders Championship.

In 1995, won her 30th career victory with birdies on the final two holes at the ShopRite LPGA Classic to gain entrance into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame; became the first player in LPGA history to cross the $5 million mark in career earnings.

In 1994, recorded two runner-up finishes at the PING-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship and the Toray Japan Queens Cup; in Japan, lost to Woo-Soon Ko on the first hole of a playoff while attempting to secure her 30th victory for the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame.

In 1993, successfully defended her title at the Toray Japan Queens Cup for her 29th career victory and totaled 15 top-10 finishes including five times as runner-up; as a result of the victory in Japan, earned her third Rolex Player of the Year honor and her second Vare Trophy; lost to Brandie Burton on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff in the du Maurier Ltd. Classic and won the JCPenney/LPGA Skins Game with seven skins worth $185,000 (unofficial money); became the second player in LPGA history to cross the $4 million mark in career earnings.

In 1992, became the first LPGA player ever to record four rounds in the 60s in a major championship with rounds of 68-66-67-66 at the Mazda LPGA Championship, which she won; won two more events in playoffs-defeated Donna Andrews, Beth Daniel and Meg Mallon at the Phar-Mor in Youngstown and defeated Helen Alfredsson at the Mazda Japan Classic.

In 1991, winner of two events: the LPGA Corning Classic and the JAL Big Apple Classic, which she successfully defended.

In 1990, won three events, including a consecutive U.S. Women's Open; became the third LPGA player to cross $3 million in career earnings; recorded the fourth and fifth holes-in-one of her career during the first round of the Desert Inn LPGA International and second round of the Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship, respectively; tied her career-low round of 63 during the third round of the JAL Big Apple Classic, which she won.

In 1989, won six times, including her first U.S. Women's Open; defeated Lynn Adams in a playoff at the USX Golf Classic; fired a career-low 63 during the first round of the Women's Kemper Open, which she won; became the first player in LPGA history to surpass the $500,000 and $600,000 milestone in single-season earnings; crossed the $2 million mark in career earnings; won Rolex Player of the Year honors for the second time in her career.

In 1988, won three tournaments; finished second to Juli Inkster after a playoff at the Crestar Classic.

In 1987, won four tournaments; captured her first Vare Trophy; won her first major championship, the Nabisco Dinah Shore, when she holed a bunker shot on the 70th hole to put her into a sudden-death playoff with Patty Sheehan; lost to Kathy Postlewait in a playoff at the Mazda Classic; recorded the third hole-in-one of her career during the LPGA Corning Classic.

In 1986, won two tournaments in sudden-death playoffs: defeated JoAnne Carner at the Henredon Classic and defeated Alice Ritzman and Cathy Gerring at the Rail Charity Classic, where she carded her career-low round of 63 during the final round; lost to Patty Sheehan in a playoff at the Konica San Jose Classic.

In 1985, defeated Patty Sheehan in a playoff at the Samaritan Turquoise Classic and won the Rail Charity Classic.

From 1984-89, won 20 tournament titles, which gave her the distinction of being the winningest professional golfer during that period of time.

In 1984, after seven winless seasons on Tour, clinched her first career victory at the Women's Kemper Open and won two more events; finished second four times; won at least one event for the next 10 years; won her first of three Player of the Year honors.

In 1983, best finish was a tie for second at the Elizabeth Arden Classic.

In 1982, best finish was a tie for fifth at the Women's Kemper Open.

In 1981, best finish was second place at the Golden Lights Championship.

In 1980, best finish was a tie for fifth at the LPGA Corning Classic.

In 1979, tied for second at the Wheeling Classic after losing in a sudden-death playoff to Debbie Massey; recorded the first and second holes-in-one of her career during the Mayflower Classic and Colgate-Far East Open, respectively.

In 1978, best finish was a tie for second at the Borden Classic.

In 1977, her rookie season, best finish was a tie for 15th at the Long Island Charity Classic.

Amateur

A member of the 1976 National Collegiate Championship team at Furman University, King was the low amateur at the 1976 U.S. Women's Open. She also was a semifinalist at the 1972 USGA Junior Girls Championship.

Personal

5'6", blond hair, blue eyes...Was Furman's Athlete of the Year and Woman Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1977...Named South Carolina's 1985 Professional Athlete of the Year...Received Golf Digest's Most Improved Player Award in 1984...Received GOLF Magazine's and Golf Illustrated's Player of the Year Award in 1987...Won the 1987 Samaritan Award which acknowledges humanitarian and charitable efforts by a player...Received Golf Digest's 1989 Mickey Wright Award and 1989 Founder's Cup...Golf World's 1989 Player of the Year...Golf Writers' Association of America's 1989 Female Player of the Year...Her teachers include John Gerring and Ed Oldfield...Active in LPGA Christian Fellowship...Organized Habitat for Humanity house building projects in Phoenix, Ariz., (1993) and Charlotte, N.C., (1995) following the end of the domestic season...At the end of the 1993 and 1994 seasons, she accompanied a group of players to Romania to work with an orphan relief organization...Inducted into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame on Nov. 11, 1995, in Reading, Pa...Recognized during the LPGA's 50th Anniversary in 2000 as one of the LPGA's top 50 players and teachers... In 2001, received an honorary doctorate degree from Albright College (Pa.); the national Pathfinder Award from the Indiana Sports Corporation for her commitment to youth initiatives; and the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, which recognizes former student-athletes who have distinguished themselves since completing their college athletics careers 25 years ago...Was active in the LPGA membership's 2001 international charity project, Drive for Life, a World Vision program...Serves on the National Board of Trustees for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes...Enjoys theater, concerts and all sports...Represents Titleist, Dove Soap and Troon North GC in Scottsdale, Ariz.

LPGA Victories, Awards, Etc.

LPGA Victories (34): 1984 Women's Kemper Open, Freedom/Orlando Classic, Columbia Savings Classic. 1985 Samaritan Turquoise Classic, Rail Charity Classic. 1986 Henredon Classic, Rail Charity Classic. 1987 Circle K Tucson Open, Nabisco Dinah Shore, McDonald's Championship, Atlantic City LPGA Classic. 1988 Women's Kemper Open, Rail Charity Golf Classic, Cellular One-Ping Golf Championship. 1989 The Jamaica Classic, Women's Kemper Open, USX Golf Classic, McDonald's Championship, U.S. Women's Open, Nestle World Championship. 1990 Nabisco Dinah Shore, U.S. Women's Open, JAL Big Apple Classic. 1991 LPGA Corning Classic, JAL Big Apple Classic. 1992 Mazda LPGA Championship, The Phar-Mor in Youngstown, Mazda Japan Classic. 1993 Toray Japan Queens Cup. 1995 ShopRite LPGA Classic. 1997 Nabisco Dinah Shore. 2000 Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open, LPGA Corning Classic. 2001 ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Unofficial Victories (4): 1981 Itsuki Charity Classic (Japan). 1985 Ladies British Open. 1990 Itoman World Match Play Championship. 1993 JCPenney/LPGA Skins Game.

LPGA Awards (5): Rolex Player of the Year (3), Vare Trophy (2). 1984 Rolex Player of the Year. 1987 Vare Trophy. 1989 Rolex Player of the Year. 1993 Rolex Player of the Year, Vare Trophy.

The Solheim Cup (5): 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998.

Major Championship History

The U.S. Women's Open became an LPGA major in 1950; the McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by AIG became a major in 1955; the Kraft Nabisco Championship became a major in 1983; and the Weetabix Women's British Open became a major championship in 2001. From 1979-2000 the LPGA's fourth major was the du Maurier Classic. The Weetabix Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic in 2001. (KNC, Kraft Nabisco Championship; LPGA, McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by AIG; OPEN, U.S. Women's Open; WB, Weetabix Women's British Open; DM, du Maurier Classic)



Courtesy LPGA, http://www.LPGA.com.

   

Born: 8/13/55 Reading, Pa.

Residence: Limekiln, Pa.

Rookie year: July 1977/1978

Status: Exempt

Career victories (last): 34 (2001)

Majors won: 6

Career-low round: 63

Career earnings (rank): $7,187,444 (3)

LPGA career holes-in-one: 6

Playoff record: 8-6

Education: Furman University (1977, Physical Education)




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