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BETSY KING (born August 13, 1955) is an American professional golfer . She became a member of the LPGA Tour
LPGA Tour
in 1977 and won six major championships and 34 LPGA Tour
LPGA Tour
victories in all.

CONTENTS

* 1 Career

* 2 Professional wins (39)

* 2.1 LPGA Tour
LPGA Tour
(34) * 2.2 Ladies European Tour (1) * 2.3 LPGA of Japan
Japan
Tour (1) * 2.4 Legends Tour (1) * 2.5 Other (3)

* 3 Major championships

* 3.1 Wins (6) * 3.2 Results timeline * 3.3 Summary

* 4 Team appearances * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links

CAREER

King was born in Reading, Pennsylvania
Reading, Pennsylvania
. King graduated from Exeter Township High School in 1973. She played collegiately at Furman University , and was on the 1976 national championship team that included future LPGA players Beth Daniel
Beth Daniel
, Sherri Turner and Cindy Ferro . King was low amateur at the 1976 U.S. Women\'s Open , then joined the LPGA Tour
LPGA Tour
in 1977. She won her first tournament at the 1984 Women\'s Kemper Open . She won three titles in 1984, and added 21 top-10 finishes to earn LPGA Tour
LPGA Tour
Player of the Year honors. From 1984 through 1989, King won a total of 20 LPGA events, more wins than any other golfer in the world, male or female, during that time period.

After that first win in 1984, King won at least once each of the next 10 years, with a high of six victories in 1989. She finished in the top-10 on the money list every year from 1985–95, and again in 1997. Along the way, King was named Player of the Year three times, won two scoring titles and three money titles. In 1993 she won a scoring title and the money title, but only one tournament. She finished second five times, including at two majors. She averaged a major a year from 1987 to 1992, then won a sixth major in 1997. The last of her 34 LPGA wins came in 2001. With her 30th win in 1995, she gained entry into the World Golf Hall of Fame
World Golf Hall of Fame
.

From 1996 to 2004, there was an event on Tour, the Wachovia LPGA Classic , hosted by King. She was also a worker for charitable causes, organizing Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity
house building projects and working in former Soviet bloc countries with orphan relief agencies. She played for the United States
United States
in the Solheim Cup
Solheim Cup
five times (1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998) and was the captain of the 2007 United States
United States
team. She led the team to a 16-12 win over Europe in the 2007 Solheim Cup
Solheim Cup
held in Halmstad, Sweden
Halmstad, Sweden
between 14 and 16 September 2007. She is the last American to date to be the leading money winner on the LPGA Tour.

In 2001, King was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame .

PROFESSIONAL WINS (39)

LPGA TOUR (34)

LEGEND

LPGA Tour
LPGA Tour
major championships (6)

Other LPGA Tour
LPGA Tour
(26)

NO. DATE TOURNAMENT WINNING SCORE Margin of victory RUNNER(S)-UP

1 Mar 25, 1984 Women\'s Kemper Open −9 (71-72-73-73=289) 3 strokes Pat Bradley

2 Apr 29, 1984 Freedom/Orlando Classic −14 (69-67-66=202) 2 strokes Alice Miller

3 Aug 26, 1984 Columbia Savings Classic −7 (72-70-67-72=281) 1 stroke Muffin Spencer-Devlin

4 Mar 3, 1985 Samaritan Turquoise Classic −8 (69-68-72-71=280) Playoff Patty Sheehan
Patty Sheehan

5 Sep 2, 1985 Rail Charity Classic −11 (65-73-67=205) 2 strokes Janet Anderson

6 Aug 10, 1986 Henredon Classic −11 (70-67-70-70=277) Playoff JoAnne Carner

7 Sep 1, 1986 Rail Charity Classic −11 (70-72-63=205) Playoff Cathy Gerring Alice Ritzman

8 Mar 22, 1987 Circle K Tucson Open −7 (70-71-72-68=281) 2 strokes Jan Stephenson

9 Apr 5, 1987 NABISCO DINAH SHORE −5 (68-75-72-68=283) Playoff Patty Sheehan
Patty Sheehan

10 Jun 7, 1987 McDonald\'s Championship −6 (72-68-71-67=278) 2 strokes Ayako Okamoto
Ayako Okamoto

11 Aug 23, 1987 Atlantic City LPGA Classic −6 (70-71-66=207) 3 strokes Nancy Lopez
Nancy Lopez

12 Mar 6, 1988 Women\'s Kemper Open −8 (73-72-66-69=280) 1 stroke Beth Daniel
Beth Daniel

13 Sep 5, 1988 Rail Charity Golf
Golf
Classic −9 (68-68-71=207) 2 strokes Margaret Ward

14 Sep 11, 1988 Cellular One-Ping Golf
Golf
Championship −3 (71-70-72=213) 1 stroke Colleen Walker

15 Jan 15, 1989 The Jamaica Classic −11 (64-68-70=202) 1 stroke Nancy Lopez
Nancy Lopez

16 Feb 26, 1989 Women\'s Kemper Open −14 (63-72-67=202) 2 strokes Jane Geddes

17 Apr 23, 1989 USX Golf
Golf
Classic −13 (67-70-72-66=275) Playoff Lynn Adams

18 Jun 25, 1989 McDonald\'s Championship −16 (69-65-71-67=272) 2 strokes Pat Bradley Shirley Furlong

19 Jul 16, 1989 U.S. WOMEN\\'S OPEN −6 (67-71-72-68=278) 4 strokes Nancy Lopez
Nancy Lopez

20 Aug 27, 1989 Nestle World Championship −13 (66-71-70-68=275) 1 stroke Pat Bradley Patty Sheehan
Patty Sheehan

21 Apr 1, 1990 NABISCO DINAH SHORE −5 (69-70-69-75=283) 2 strokes Shirley Furlong Kathy Postlewait

22 Jul 15, 1990 U.S. WOMEN\\'S OPEN −4 (72-71-71-70=284) 1 stroke Patty Sheehan
Patty Sheehan

23 Aug 19, 1990 JAL Big Apple Classic −15 (75-67-63-68=273) 3 strokes Beth Daniel
Beth Daniel

24 May 26, 1991 LPGA Corning Classic −15 (69-73-65-66=273) 6 strokes Deb Richard

25 Jul 21, 1991 JAL Big Apple Classic −9 (73-66-67-73=279) 1 stroke Ayako Okamoto
Ayako Okamoto

26 May 17, 1992 MAZDA LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP −17 (68-66-67-66=267) 11 strokes JoAnne Carner Liselotte Neumann
Liselotte Neumann
Karen Noble

27 Jul 12, 1992 The Phar-Mor in Youngstown −7 (71-67-71=209) Playoff Donna Andrews Beth Daniel
Beth Daniel
Meg Mallon
Meg Mallon

28 Nov 8, 1992 Mazda Japan
Japan
Classic −11 (66-72-67=205) Playoff Helen Alfredsson

29 Nov 7, 1993 Toray Japan
Japan
Queens Cup −11 (68-70-67=205) 1 stroke Jane Geddes

30 Jun 25, 1995 ShopRite LPGA Classic
ShopRite LPGA Classic
−9 (66-71-67=204) 2 strokes Beth Daniel
Beth Daniel
Rosie Jones

31 Mar 30, 1997 NABISCO DINAH SHORE −12 (71-67-67-71=276) 2 strokes Kris Tschetter

32 Feb 19, 2000 Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open −12 (67-67-70=204) 2 strokes Brandie Burton

33 May 28, 2000 LPGA Corning Classic −12 (69-68-69-70=276) Playoff Vicki Goetze-Ackerman Kelli Kuehne

34 Jul 1, 2001 ShopRite LPGA Classic
ShopRite LPGA Classic
−12 (65-69-67=201) 2 strokes Lorie Kane

LPGA TOUR PLAYOFF RECORD (8–6)

NO. YEAR TOURNAMENT OPPONENT(S) RESULT

1 1979 Wheeling Classic Debbie Massey Lost to par on first extra hole

2 1985 Samaritan Turquoise Classic Patty Sheehan
Patty Sheehan
Won with eagle on first extra hole

3 1986 Henredon Classic JoAnne Carner Won with par on second extra hole

4 1986 Rail Charity Classic Cathy Gerring Alice Ritzman Won with birdie on second extra hole

5 1986 Konica San Jose Classic Amy Alcott Ayako Okamoto
Ayako Okamoto
Patty Sheehan
Patty Sheehan
Sheehan won with birdie on first extra hole

6 1987 Mazda Classic Kathy Postlewait Lost to par on first extra hole

7 1987 NABISCO DINAH SHORE Patty Sheehan
Patty Sheehan
Won with par on second extra hole

8 1988 Crestar Classic Juli Inkster
Juli Inkster
Rosie Jones Nancy Lopez
Nancy Lopez
Inkster won with eagle on first extra hole

9 1989 USX Golf
Golf
Classic Lynn Adams Won with birdie on first extra hole

10 1992 The Phar-Mor in Youngstown Donna Andrews Beth Daniel
Beth Daniel
Meg Mallon
Meg Mallon
Won with birdie on first extra hole

11 1992 Mazda Japan
Japan
Classic Helen Alfredsson Won with birdie on fourth extra hole

12 1993 DU MAURIER LTD. CLASSIC Brandie Burton Lost to birdie on first extra hole

13 1994 Toray Japan
Japan
Queens Cup Woo-Soon Ko Lost to par on first extra hole

14 2000 LPGA Corning Classic Vicki Goetze-Ackerman Kelli Kuehne Won with birdie on second extra hole

LPGA majors are shown in BOLD.

LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR (1)

* 1985 Ladies British Open

Note: King won the Ladies British Open (now known as the Women's British Open) before it became a major championship.

LPGA OF JAPAN TOUR (1)

* 1981 Itsuki-Ajinomoto Charity Classic

LEGENDS TOUR (1)

* 2013 Fry's Desert Golf
Golf
Classic (with Jane Crafter )

OTHER (3)

* 1990 Itoman LPGA World Match Play Championship * 1993 JCPenney/LPGA Skins Game

MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINS (6)

YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING SCORE MARGIN RUNNER(S)-UP

1987 Nabisco Dinah Shore −5 (68-75-72-68=283) Playoff1 Patty Sheehan
Patty Sheehan

1989 U.S. Women\'s Open −4 (67-71-72-68=278) 4 stroke Nancy Lopez
Nancy Lopez

1990 Nabisco Dinah Shore −5 (69-70-69-75=283) 2 strokes Shirley Furlong , Kathy Postlewait

1990 U.S. Women\'s Open −4 (72-71-71-70=284) 1 stroke Patty Sheehan

1992 Mazda LPGA Championship −17 (68-66-67-66=267) 11 strokes JoAnne Carner , Liselotte Neumann
Liselotte Neumann
, Karen Noble

1997 Nabisco Dinah Shore −12 (71-67-67-71=276) 2 strokes Kris Tschetter

1 Won on second extra hole with a par

RESULTS TIMELINE

TOURNAMENT 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980

LPGA Championship
LPGA Championship
DNP DNP T49 CUT T27

U.S. Women\'s Open T8 CUT T20 CUT CUT

du Maurier Classic ... ... ... T26 DNP

TOURNAMENT 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990

Kraft Nabisco Championship
Kraft Nabisco Championship
... ... T52 T24 T7 4 1 T35 T4 1

LPGA Championship
LPGA Championship
T38 T21 T11 T7 T44 CUT 2 T24 T8 T5

U.S. Women\'s Open T21 T25 T32 T5 T8 T3 T4 T12 1 1

du Maurier Classic T38 T12 T25 3 CUT T3 7 T19 T2 T10

TOURNAMENT 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000

Kraft Nabisco Championship
Kraft Nabisco Championship
T11 56 T2 T48 T11 CUT 1 T61 77 CUT

LPGA Championship
LPGA Championship
7 1 T4 T17 T11 T14 T53 T37 T69 T23

U.S. Women\'s Open T28 T16 T7 T6 T3 CUT T28 CUT T47 T46

du Maurier Classic T6 T28 2 T4 T5 CUT T3 3 DNP T23

TOURNAMENT 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

Kraft Nabisco Championship
Kraft Nabisco Championship
74 T36 T28 T58 T62 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

LPGA Championship
LPGA Championship
T54 T47 CUT T17 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

U.S. Women\'s Open CUT CUT CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT

Women\'s British Open ^ DNP 59 CUT T60 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001. DNP = did not play. CUT = missed the half-way cut. "T" = tied WD = withdrew DQ = disqualified Green background for a win. Yellow background for a top-10 finish.

SUMMARY

* Starts – 106 * Wins – 6 * 2nd-place finishes – 4 * 3rd-place finishes – 6 * Top 3 finishes – 16 * Top 5 finishes – 24 * Top 10 finishes – 35 * Top 25 finishes – 55 * Missed cuts – 19 * Most consecutive cuts made – 38 * Longest streak of top-10s – 8

TEAM APPEARANCES

PROFESSIONAL

* Solheim Cup
Solheim Cup
(representing the United States): 1990 (winners), 1992 , 1994 (winners), 1996 (winners), 1998 (winners) * Handa Cup (representing the United States): 2012 (tie, Cup retained), 2013

SEE ALSO

* List of golfers with most LPGA Tour
LPGA Tour
wins * List of golfers with most LPGA major championship wins

REFERENCES

* ^ A B C Betsy King at about.com

EXTERNAL LINKS

* Betsy King at the LPGA Tour
LPGA Tour
official site * Betsy King at the Legends Tour official

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