|Born||October 14, 1956|
Charleston, South Carolina
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Residence||Delray Beach, Florida|
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour (joined 1979)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|LPGA of Japan Tour||4|
|Best results in LPGA major championships|
|ANA Inspiration||T2: 1983|
|Women's PGA C'ship||Won: 1990|
|U.S. Women's Open||2nd/T2: 1981, 1982|
|du Maurier Classic||2nd: 1982|
|Women's British Open||T5: 2004|
|Achievements and awards|
Beth Daniel (born October 14, 1956) is an American professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1979 and won 33 LPGA Tour events, including one major championship, during her career. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Daniel was born on October 14, 1956 in Charleston, South Carolina. She played her collegiate golf at Furman University, and was on the 1976 national championship team that included future LPGA players Betsy King, Sherri Turner and Cindy Ferro. In 1977, she won the Broderick Award (now the Honda Sports Award) as the nation's best female collegiate golfer.Daniel won the U.S. Women's Amateur in 1975 and 1977, the Women's Western Amateur in 1978, and was on the U.S. Curtis Cup teams in 1976 and 1978 (going 4-0 in 1976). She turned pro at the end of 1978 and joined the LPGA Tour in 1979.
Daniel's first victory came in 1979 year at the Patty Berg Classic, and she went on to win the LPGA Rookie of the Year award. Over the next five years, when Nancy Lopez was at her most dominant, she still managed to win 13 tournaments, including four in 1980 when she was named LPGA Tour Player of the Year. Daniel led the Tour in wins in 1982, 1990 and 1994. She also led in scoring three times, including in 1989 when she became the second golfer in Tour history to record a scoring average below 71.00.
The year 1990 was Daniel’s most successful on tour. She won seven times, including her lone major at the Mazda LPGA Championship. That year she was also named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year. Along the way, she endured two major slumps. She was winless from 1986 to 1988 and again from 1996 to 2002. When she finally won again in 2003, she became - at age 46 years, 8 months and 29 days - the oldest winner in Tour history. She had outlasted most of her contemporaries such as King, Patty Sheehan and Amy Alcott, remaining competitive on the LPGA Tour.
Daniel won the Golf Writers Association of America Female Player of the Year in 1980 and 1990. She also won the 1981 Seagrams Seven Crowns of Sport Award for women’s golf. She was inducted into the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame in September 1995. She was recognized during the LPGA’s 50th Anniversary in 2000 as one of the LPGA’s top-50 players and teachers.
Daniel played on eight U.S. Solheim Cup teams (1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005).
By 2005 Daniel had cut back her schedule, and played just five events by 2007. That year she also served as assistant captain on the U.S. Solheim Cup team, and was named captain for the American squad in 2009. In 2007, she joined the Golf Channel as a substitute analyst for LPGA Tournament coverage. Her first event was the 2007 Safeway Classic.
Daniel also awards the best junior female golfer in South Carolina with the Beth Daniel Award. The award is given to the player with the most SCJGA (South Carolina Junior Golf Association) points in a year.
In 2009, Daniel was the captain of the U.S. Solheim Cup team that defeated Europe by a score of 16-12 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
|LPGA Tour major championships (1)|
|Other LPGA Tour (32)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of|
|1||Aug 26, 1979||Patty Berg Classic||−11 (68-69-71=208)||4 strokes||Hollis Stacy|
|2||Jun 1, 1980||Golden Lights Championship||−1 (72-74-70-71=287)||2 strokes|| Nancy Lopez |
Jo Ann Washam
|3||Aug 17, 1980||Patty Berg Golf Classic||−9 (60-70-72=210)||2 strokes||Hollis Stacy|
|4||Aug 24, 1980||Columbia Savings LPGA Classic||−12 (71-66-67-72=276)||6 strokes|| Jane Blalock |
|5||Sep 7, 1980||World Series of Women's Golf||−6 (71-72-68-71=282)||1 stroke||Nancy Lopez|
|6||Apr 19, 1981||Florida Lady Citrus||−7 (68-67-74-72-281)||Playoff|| Donna Caponi |
|7||Aug 23, 1981||World Championship of Women's Golf||−4 (72-72-69-71=284)||1 stroke||Jan Stephenson|
|8||Feb 21, 1982||Bent Tree Ladies Classic||−12 (71-71-66-68=276)||4 strokes||Amy Alcott|
|9||Mar 7, 1982||American Express Sun City Classic||−10 (70-67-71-70=278)||Playoff||Carole Jo Kabler|
|10||May 2, 1982||Birmingham Classic||−13 (64-70-69=203)||4 strokes||Patty Sheehan|
|11||Aug 1, 1982||Columbia Savings Classic||−12 (72-68-72-64=276)||2 strokes||Patty Sheehan|
|12||Aug 15, 1982||WUI Classic||−12 (68-68-67-73=276)||8 strokes|| Martha Nause |
|13||Jul 17, 1983||McDonald's Kids Classic||−2 (67-71-73-75=286)||Playoff||JoAnne Carner|
|14||Apr 14, 1985||Kyocera Inamori Classic||−2 (70-70-74-72=286)||2 strokes||Pat Meyers|
|15||Aug 6, 1989||Greater Washington Open||−8 (66-68-71=205)||4 strokes||Sherri Turner|
|16||Sep 4, 1989||Rail Charity Golf Classic||−13 (69-70-64=203)||3 strokes|| Betsy King |
|17||Sep 17, 1989||Safeco Classic||−15 (69-69-65-70=273||6 strokes||Cindy Rarick|
|18||Oct 1, 1989||Konica San Jose Classic||−11 (65-67-73=205)||1 stroke||Pat Bradley|
|19||Feb 24, 1990||Orix Hawaiian Ladies Open||−6 (71-67-72=210)||3 strokes|| Amy Benz |
|20||Mar 4, 1990||Women's Kemper Open||−1 (73-75-66-69=283)||1 stroke|| Laura Davies |
|21||Jul 23, 1990||The Phar-Mor in Youngstown||−9 (65-69-73=207)||Playoff||Patty Sheehan|
|22||Jul 29 1990||Mazda LPGA Championship||−4 (71-73-70-66=280)||1 stroke||Rosie Jones|
|23||Aug 26, 1990||Northgate Classic||−13 (66-69-68=203)||6 strokes|| Penny Hammel |
|24||Sep 3, 1990||Rail Charity Golf Classic||−13 (67-69-67=203)||3 strokes||Susan Sanders|
|25||Oct 7, 1990||Centel Classic||−17 (71-63-68-69=271)||1 stroke||Nancy Lopez|
|26||Feb 10, 1991||The Phar-Mor at Inverrary||−7 (67-73-69=209)||2 strokes||Nancy Lopez|
|27||Jul 23, 1991||McDonald's Championship||−11 (67-71-67-68=273)||4 strokes|| Pat Bradley|
|28||May 29, 1994||LPGA Corning Classic||−10 (67-71-71-69=278)||1 stroke|| Stephanie Farwig |
|29||Jun 5, 1994||Oldsmobile Classic||−20 (67-63-70-68-268)||4 strokes||Lisa Kiggens|
|30||Jul 17, 1994||JAL Big Apple Classic||−8 (70-69-66-71=276)||Playoff||Laura Davies|
|31||Oct 16, 1994||World Championship of Women's Golf||−14 (68-70-71-65=274)||3 strokes||Elaine Crosby|
|32||Aug 13, 1995||PING/Welch's Championship (Boston)||−17 (65-68-69-69=271)||3 strokes|| Meg Mallon |
|33||Jul 15, 2003||BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open||−13 (69-69-69-68=275)||1 stroke||Juli Inkster|
LPGA Tour playoff record (5–6)
|1||1981||Florida Lady Citrus|| Donna Caponi |
|Won with birdie on second extra hole|
Hill, Rizzo, and Sheehan eliminated by par on first hole
|2||1982||American Express Sun City Classic||Carole Jo Kabler||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|3||1983||McDonald's Kids Classic||JoAnne Carner||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|4||1983||Columbia Savings Classic||Pat Bradley||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|5||1988||Atlantic City LPGA Classic||Juli Inkster||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|6||1989||Oldsmobile LPGA Classic||Dottie Mochrie||Lost to par on fifth extra hole|
|7||1990||The Phar-Mor in Youngstown||Patty Sheehan||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|8||1991||Northgate Computer Classic|| Jody Anschutz |
|Rarick won with birdie on third extra hole|
Anschutz eliminated by par on first hole
|9||1992||The Phar-Mor in Youngstown|| Donna Andrews |
|King won with birdie on first extra hole|
|10||1992||Sun-Times Challenge|| Judy Dickinson |
|Pepper won with par on sixth extra hole|
Daniel eliminated by par on fourth hole
|11||1994||JAL Big Apple Classic||Laura Davies||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|1990||Mazda LPGA Championship||−4 (71-73-70-66=280)||1 stroke||Rosie Jones|
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT||T24||T53||T20||T10|
|du Maurier Classic||...||...||...||T16||T5|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||...||...||T2||4||T11||T7||T22||T6||T6|
|U.S. Women's Open||2||T2||WD||T10||CUT||T21||T33||T10||T20||T6|
|du Maurier Classic||T17||2||T63||T6||T14||27||CUT||T47||T7||3|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T30||T8||T69||T19||T47||CUT||72||T43||T47|
|U.S. Women's Open||T11||CUT||T53||T18||CUT||T19||T31||T47||8|
|du Maurier Classic||WD||T17||CUT||T45||T36||T54||T13||T23|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T55||T14||T5||T40||T9||T13|
|U.S. Women's Open||T24||T7||T20||T27||CUT|
|Women's British Open ^||CUT||T16||T14||T5||T56||T6||T50|
^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001.
CUT = missed the half-way cut.
WD = withdrew
T = tied
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