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The Titleholders Championship was a women's golf tournament played from in 1937 to 1966 and again in 1972. It was later designated a major championship by the LPGA Tour.

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History

The Titleholders Championship was founded in 1937. Like the Masters Tournament for men, which began a few years earlier, it was played in Augusta, Georgia, though at Augusta Country Club, not at the adjacent Augusta National Golf Club. The winners of various amateur and professional events were invited to take part, although most of the competitors were amateurs. There were very few women professionals at the time and most earned their living as club or teaching professionals.

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The Titleholders itself did not offer prize money until 1948, when a prize fund of $600 was introduced, with half of the money going to the professional placing highest in the event. The tournament was discontinued after November 1966, [1] but was revived for one year in 1972, when it was played in May at Southern Pines, North Carolina. [2] All of these stagings are now recognized as major championships by the LPGA, even though the organization was not founded until 1950.

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Winners

YearWinnerCountryScoreRunner(s)-upWinners'
share ($)
Purse ($)Ref
1972 Sandra Palmer Flag of the United States.svg  United States 283 Flag of the United States.svg Judy Rankin, Flag of the United States.svg Mickey Wright 3,00020,000 [2] [3]
1967–71No tournament
1966 Kathy Whitworth Flag of the United States.svg  United States 291 Flag of the United States.svg Judy Kimball-Simon, Flag of the United States.svg Mary Mills 1,50010,000 [1] [4]
1965 Kathy Whitworth Flag of the United States.svg  United States 287 Flag of the United States.svg Peggy Wilson 1,50010,000 [5] [4]
1964 Marilynn Smith Flag of the United States.svg  United States 289 Flag of the United States.svg Mickey Wright 1,3007,500 [4]
1963 Marilynn Smith Flag of the United States.svg  United States 292PO Flag of the United States.svg Mickey Wright 1,2357,500 [4]
1962 Mickey Wright Flag of the United States.svg  United States 295PO Flag of the United States.svg Ruth Jessen 1,3307,500 [4]
1961 Mickey Wright Flag of the United States.svg  United States 299 Flag of the United States.svg Patty Berg, Flag of the United States.svg Louise Suggs 1,2007,000 [4]
1960 Fay Crocker Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 303 Flag of the United States (1959-1960).svg Kathy Cornelius 1,1406,000 [4]
1959 Louise Suggs Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 297 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Betsy Rawls 1,0005,000 [6]
1958 Beverly Hanson Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 299 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Betty Dodd 1,0005,275 [6]
1957 Patty Berg Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 296 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Anne Quast (a)1,0005,000 [6]
1956 Louise Suggs Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 302 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Patty Berg 1,0005,000 [6]
1955 Patty Berg Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 291 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Mary Lena Faulk 1,0005,000 [6]
1954 Louise Suggs Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 293 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Patty Berg 1,0003,000 [6]
1953 Patty Berg Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 294 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Betsy Rawls 1,0002,200 [6]
1952 Babe Zaharias Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 299 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Betsy Rawls 1,0002,100 [6]
1951 Pat O'Sullivan (a)Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 301 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Beverly Hanson 1,500 [6]
1950 Babe Zaharias Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 298 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Claire Doran (a)7001,500 [6]
1949 Peggy Kirk (a)Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 299 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Patty Berg, Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Dorothy Kirby (a) [7]
1948 Patty Berg Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 308 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Peggy Kirk (a), Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Babe Zaharias [8]
1947 Babe Zaharias (a)Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 304 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Dorothy Kirby (a)300 [9]
1946 Louise Suggs (a)Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 314 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Eileen Stulb (a) [10]
1943–45No tournament
1942 Dorothy Kirby (a)Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 239^ Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Eileen Stulb (a) [11]
1941 Dorothy Kirby (a)Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 224^ Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Helen Sigel [12]
1940 Helen Hicks (a)Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 336 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Helen Dettweiler [13]
1939 Patty Berg (a)Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 319 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Dorothy Kirby (a) [14]
1938 Patty Berg (a)Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 311 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jane Cothran (a) [15]
1937 Patty Berg (a)Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States 240^ Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Dorothy Kirby (a) [16]

(a) - denotes amateur
PO - won in playoff
^ - 54 holes

Multiple winners

This table lists the golfers who have won more than one Titleholders Championship.

Deceased golfer †
Grand Slam winners ‡
Deceased Grand Slam winners ∞
CountryGolferTotalYears
Flag of the United States.svg  United States Patty Berg71937, 1938, 1939, 1948, 1953, 1955, 1957
Flag of the United States.svg  United States Louise Suggs41946, 1954, 1956, 1959
Flag of the United States.svg  United States Babe Zaharias31947, 1950, 1952
Flag of the United States.svg  United States Dorothy Kirby21941, 1942
Flag of the United States.svg  United States Mickey Wright21961, 1962
Flag of the United States.svg  United States Marilynn Smith 21963, 1964
Flag of the United States.svg  United States Kathy Whitworth 21965, 1966

Winners by nationality

This table lists the total number of titles won by golfers of each nationality as a major.

NationalityNumber
of wins
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 27
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 1

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