Beth Daniel

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Beth Daniel
2009 Solheim Cup - Beth Daniel (1).jpg
Daniel posing in the U.S. Solheim Cup team uniform after the 2009 team was announced at Royal Lytham & St Annes
Personal information
Born (1956-10-14) October 14, 1956 (age 64)
Charleston, South Carolina
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
NationalityFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Residence Delray Beach, Florida
Partner Meg Mallon
Career
College Furman University
Turned professional1978
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 1979)
Professional wins41
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour33
LPGA of Japan Tour4
Other4
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 1)
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
World Golf Hall of Fame 2000 (member page)
LPGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
1979
LPGA Tour
Money Winner
1980, 1981, 1990
LPGA Tour
Player of the Year
1980, 1990, 1994
LPGA Vare Trophy 1989, 1990, 1994
GWAA Female
Player of the Year
1980, 1990
Associated Press
Female Athlete of the Year
1990
LPGA Heather Farr Award 2003
Broderick Award 1977

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.

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Early life and amateur career

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. [1] [2] [3] 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. [4]

Professional career

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. [4]

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. [4]

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. [4]

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.

Professional wins (41)

LPGA Tour wins (33)

Legend
LPGA Tour major championships (1)
Other LPGA Tour (32)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Aug 26, 1979 Patty Berg Classic −11 (68-69-71=208)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Hollis Stacy
2Jun 1, 1980 Golden Lights Championship −1 (72-74-70-71=287)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Nancy Lopez
Flag of the United States.svg Jo Ann Washam
3Aug 17, 1980 Patty Berg Golf Classic −9 (60-70-72=210)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Hollis Stacy
4Aug 24, 1980 Columbia Savings LPGA Classic −12 (71-66-67-72=276)6 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Jane Blalock
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Sandra Post
5Sep 7, 1980 World Series of Women's Golf −6 (71-72-68-71=282)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Nancy Lopez
6Apr 19, 1981 Florida Lady Citrus −7 (68-67-74-72-281)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Donna Caponi
Flag of the United States.svg Cindy Hill
Flag of the United States.svg Patti Rizzo
Flag of the United States.svg Patty Sheehan
7Aug 23, 1981 World Championship of Women's Golf −4 (72-72-69-71=284)1 stroke Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jan Stephenson
8Feb 21, 1982 Bent Tree Ladies Classic −12 (71-71-66-68=276)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Amy Alcott
9Mar 7, 1982 American Express Sun City Classic −10 (70-67-71-70=278)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Carole Jo Kabler
10May 2, 1982 Birmingham Classic −13 (64-70-69=203)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Patty Sheehan
11Aug 1, 1982 Columbia Savings Classic −12 (72-68-72-64=276)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Patty Sheehan
12Aug 15, 1982 WUI Classic −12 (68-68-67-73=276)8 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Martha Nause
Flag of Japan.svg Ayako Okamoto
13Jul 17, 1983 McDonald's Kids Classic −2 (67-71-73-75=286)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg JoAnne Carner
14Apr 14, 1985 Kyocera Inamori Classic −2 (70-70-74-72=286)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Pat Meyers
15Aug 6, 1989 Greater Washington Open −8 (66-68-71=205)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Sherri Turner
16Sep 4, 1989 Rail Charity Golf Classic −13 (69-70-64=203)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Betsy King
Flag of the United States.svg Alice Ritzman
17Sep 17, 1989 Safeco Classic −15 (69-69-65-70=2736 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Cindy Rarick
18Oct 1, 1989 Konica San Jose Classic −11 (65-67-73=205)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Pat Bradley
19Feb 24, 1990 Orix Hawaiian Ladies Open −6 (71-67-72=210)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Amy Benz
Flag of the United States.svg Patty Sheehan
20Mar 4, 1990 Women's Kemper Open −1 (73-75-66-69=283)1 stroke Flag of England.svg Laura Davies
Flag of the United States.svg Rosie Jones
21Jul 23, 1990 The Phar-Mor in Youngstown −9 (65-69-73=207)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Patty Sheehan
22Jul 29 1990 Mazda LPGA Championship −4 (71-73-70-66=280)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Rosie Jones
23Aug 26, 1990 Northgate Classic −13 (66-69-68=203)6 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Penny Hammel
Flag of the United States.svg Christa Johnson
24Sep 3, 1990 Rail Charity Golf Classic −13 (67-69-67=203)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Susan Sanders
25Oct 7, 1990 Centel Classic −17 (71-63-68-69=271)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Nancy Lopez
26Feb 10, 1991 The Phar-Mor at Inverrary −7 (67-73-69=209)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Nancy Lopez
27Jul 23, 1991 McDonald's Championship −11 (67-71-67-68=273)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Pat Bradley
Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Sally Little
28May 29, 1994 LPGA Corning Classic −10 (67-71-71-69=278)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Stephanie Farwig
Flag of the United States.svg Nancy Ramsbottom
29Jun 5, 1994 Oldsmobile Classic −20 (67-63-70-68-268)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Lisa Kiggens
30Jul 17, 1994 JAL Big Apple Classic −8 (70-69-66-71=276)Playoff Flag of England.svg Laura Davies
31Oct 16, 1994 World Championship of Women's Golf −14 (68-70-71-65=274)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Elaine Crosby
32Aug 13, 1995 PING/Welch's Championship (Boston)−17 (65-68-69-69=271)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Meg Mallon
Flag of the United States.svg Colleen Walker
33Jul 15, 2003 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open −13 (69-69-69-68=275)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Juli Inkster

LPGA Tour playoff record (5–6)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11981 Florida Lady Citrus Flag of the United States.svg Donna Caponi
Flag of the United States.svg Cindy Hill
Flag of the United States.svg Patti Rizzo
Flag of the United States.svg Patty Sheehan
Won with birdie on second extra hole
Hill, Rizzo, and Sheehan eliminated by par on first hole
21982 American Express Sun City Classic Flag of the United States.svg Carole Jo Kabler Won with birdie on second extra hole
31983 McDonald's Kids Classic Flag of the United States.svg JoAnne Carner Won with birdie on first extra hole
41983 Columbia Savings Classic Flag of the United States.svg Pat Bradley Lost to birdie on first extra hole
51988 Atlantic City LPGA Classic Flag of the United States.svg Juli Inkster Lost to par on first extra hole
61989 Oldsmobile LPGA Classic Flag of the United States.svg Dottie Mochrie Lost to par on fifth extra hole
71990 The Phar-Mor in Youngstown Flag of the United States.svg Patty Sheehan Won with birdie on first extra hole
81991 Northgate Computer Classic Flag of the United States.svg Jody Anschutz
Flag of the United States.svg Cindy Rarick
Rarick won with birdie on third extra hole
Anschutz eliminated by par on first hole
91992 The Phar-Mor in Youngstown Flag of the United States.svg Donna Andrews
Flag of the United States.svg Betsy King
Flag of the United States.svg Meg Mallon
King won with birdie on first extra hole
101992 Sun-Times Challenge Flag of the United States.svg Judy Dickinson
Flag of the United States.svg Dottie Pepper
Pepper won with par on sixth extra hole
Daniel eliminated by par on fourth hole
111994 JAL Big Apple Classic Flag of England.svg Laura Davies Won with birdie on first extra hole

LPGA of Japan Tour wins (4)

Other wins (4)

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionshipWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
1990 Mazda LPGA Championship −4 (71-73-70-66=280)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Rosie Jones

Results timeline

Tournament19761977197819791980
LPGA Championship T38T3
U.S. Women's Open CUTT24T53T20T10
du Maurier Classic .........T16T5
Tournament1981198219831984198519861987198819891990
Kraft Nabisco Championship ......T24T11T7T22T6T6
LPGA Championship T5T7T16T2T10T15T58T141
U.S. Women's Open 2T2WDT10CUTT21T33T10T20T6
du Maurier Classic T172T63T6T1427CUTT47T73
Tournament1991199219931994199519961997199819992000
Kraft Nabisco Championship T30T8T69T19T47CUT72T43T47
LPGA Championship 4T35T17T7T18T26T58CUTT33
U.S. Women's Open T11CUTT53T18CUTT19T31T478
du Maurier Classic WDT17CUTT45T36T54T13T23
Tournament2001200220032004200520062007
Kraft Nabisco Championship T55T14T5T40T9T13
LPGA Championship T262T3T39T54T39CUT
U.S. Women's Open T24T7T20T27CUT
Women's British Open ^CUTT16T14T5T56T6T50

^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001.

  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut.
WD = withdrew
T = tied

Summary

U.S. national team appearances

Amateur

Professional

See also

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