1956 LPGA Tour

The 1956 LPGA Tour was the seventh season since the LPGA Tour officially began in 1950. The season ran from January 14 to October 21. The season consisted of 25 official money events. Marlene Hagge won the most tournaments, eight. She also led the money list with earnings of $20,235.

The season saw the first tournament outside United States, the Havana Open in Cuba. There were five first-time winners in 1956, Kathy Cornelius, Betty Dodd, Mary Lena Faulk, Mickey Wright, and Joyce Ziske. Wright would win 82 LPGA events in her career, second only to Kathy Whitworth's 88.

The tournament results and award winners are listed below.

Tournament resultsEdit

The following table shows all the official money events for the 1956 season.[1] "Date" is the ending date of the tournament. The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names are the number of wins they had on the tour up to and including that event. Majors are shown in bold.

Date Tournament Location Winner Score Purse ($) 1st prize ($)
Jan 15 Sea Island Open Georgia   Marlene Hagge (4) 152 3,000 630
Jan 22 Tampa Open Florida   Betsy Rawls (19) 293 4,500 900
Feb 5 Havana Open Cuba   Louise Suggs (35) 227 4,500 1,000
Feb 12 Serbin Open Florida   Fay Crocker (4) 144 3,500 630
Feb 19 St. Petersburg Open Florida   Kathy Cornelius (1) 287 5,000 900
Feb 26 Sarasota Open Florida   Betsy Rawls (20) 291 5,000 1,000
Mar 5 Jacksonville Open Florida   Mickey Wright (1) 294 4,500 900
Mar 11 Titleholders Championship Georgia   Louise Suggs (36) 302 5,000 1,000
Apr 15 Babe Zaharias Open Texas   Marlene Hagge (5) 219 4,000 900
Apr 22 Dallas Open Texas   Patty Berg (41) 291 7,500 1,350
Apr 29 Peach Blossom Open South Carolina   Betsy Rawls (21) 292 4,000 900
Jun 3 Pittsburgh Open Pennsylvania   Marlene Hagge (6) 293 6,000
Jun 10 Triangle Round Robin Virginia   Marlene Hagge (7) +50 10,000 2,000
Jun 24 LPGA Championship Michigan   Marlene Hagge (8) 291 6,500 1,350
Jul 1 Women's Western Open Iowa   Beverly Hanson (8) 304 5,000 1,000
Jul 8 Syracuse Open New York   Joyce Ziske (1) 221 6,500 1,316
Jul 29 U.S. Women's Open Minnesota   Kathy Cornelius (2) 302 6,000 1,500
Aug 5 All American Open Illinois   Louise Suggs (37) 301 5,000 1,000
Aug 12 World Championship Illinois   Marlene Hagge (9) 298 14,000 6,000
Aug 19 St. Louis Open Missouri   Fay Crocker (5) 288 4,000 880
Aug 26 Denver Open Colorado   Marlene Hagge (10) 284 4,000 800
Sep 16 Clock Open California   Marlene Hagge (11) 292 4,500 900
Oct 7 Kansas City Open Missouri   Mary Lena Faulk (1) 214 5,000 880
Oct 14 Arkansas Open Arkansas   Patty Berg (42) 287 4,000 880
Oct 21 Lawton Open Oklahoma   Betty Dodd (1) 214 4,000 880

AwardsEdit

Award Winner Country
Money winner Marlene Hagge   United States
Scoring leader (Vare Trophy) Patty Berg (3)   United States

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