Judy Rankin

Judy Torluemke Rankin (born February 18, 1945) is an American professional golfer and golf broadcaster. A member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, she joined the LPGA Tour in 1962 at age 17 and won 26 tour events.

Judy Rankin
Personal information
Full nameJudy Torluemke Rankin
Born (1945-02-18) February 18, 1945 (age 76)
St. Louis, Missouri
Height5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Nationality United States
ResidenceMidland, Texas
Spouse
Walter "Yippy" Rankin
(m. 1967⁠–⁠2012)
ChildrenWalter "Tuey" Rankin, Jr.
Career
CollegeNone
Turned professional1962
Retired1983
Former tour(s)LPGA Tour (1962–83)
Professional wins28
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour26
Other2
Best results in LPGA major championships
Western OpenT4: 1964
Titleholders C'shipT2: 1972
ANA InspirationT44: 1983
Women's PGA C'ship2nd/T2: 1976, 1977
U.S. Women's OpenT2: 1972
du Maurier ClassicT5: 1979
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2000 (member page)
LPGA Tour
Money Winner
1976, 1977
LPGA Player of the Year1976, 1977
LPGA Vare Trophy1973, 1976, 1977
GWAA Female
Player of the Year
1976, 1977
LPGA William and
Mousie Powell Award
1998
LPGA Patty Berg Award1999
USGA Bob Jones Award2002
LPGA Komen Award2007
Old Tom Morris Award2010

Since 2010, Rankin has served as the lead analyst for LPGA Tour telecasts on the Golf Channel. She previously served as an expert analyst for golf coverage on ESPN/ABC.[1]

Amateur careerEdit

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Rankin won the Missouri Amateur at age 14 in 1959. The next year she was the low amateur at the U.S. Women's Open,[2] and was on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1961 at age 16.[3] She turned pro the following year.[4][5]

Professional careerEdit

Rankin's first LPGA Tour win came in 1968 and she won 26 events, topping the money list in 1976 and 1977. She finished in the top ten on the money list eleven times between 1965 and 1979, and was the first to win over $100,000 in a season on the LPGA Tour (over $150,000 in 1976).[6]

Although Rankin did not win a major championship, she was a four-time runner-up. Her best finishes were a second at the 1976 LPGA Championship and tied seconds at the 1972 Titleholders Championship, 1972 U.S. Women's Open, and 1977 LPGA Championship. Rankin won the Colgate Dinah Shore Winner's Circle (currently the ANA Inspiration) in 1976 and the Peter Jackson Classic (later renamed the du Maurier Classic) in 1977; both events were later elevated to major status, but are not counted as majors in the years in which Rankin won. Her 26th and final win on tour was in August 1979 at Jericho, New York.[7][8]

Rankin was LPGA Player of the Year twice (1976, 1977) and won the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average three times. She retired from full-time competition at age 38 in 1983 due to chronic back problems,[9] and later captained the victorious Solheim Cup teams in 1996 and 1998. Rankin became the first player voted into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame in 2000 under the veterans category,[9][10] and she was also inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2000.

In 2002, she was voted the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.

She was awarded a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame in April 2013.[11]

Broadcasting careerEdit

From 1984[12] until 2018,[13] Rankin worked as a golf commentator for ESPN and ABC. In 2010, she became the lead LPGA analyst for the Golf Channel.[14]

She has also been a professional advisor for the magazines Golf Digest and Golf For Women.

PersonalEdit

Rankin was known as Judy Torluemke (pronounced Tor-lum-kee),[3] until her marriage to Walter "Yippy" Rankin in 1967. They lived in Midland, Texas, and have a son, Walter Jr., known as "Tuey," born in 1968.[15] After a battle with throat cancer, Yippy died at age 71 on February 24, 2012.[16][17] Tuey's wife is the sister-in-law of PGA Tour golfer Geoff Ogilvy.[18][19]

Rankin was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2006.[20] She completed treatment by August 2006 and returned to her on-air work on ABC Sports in time to cover the 2006 Women's British Open.

Professional winsEdit

LPGA wins (26)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Nov 10, 1968 Corpus Christi Civitan Open +3 (75-69-69=213) Playoff   Sandra Spuzich
2 Jun 27, 1970 George Washington Golf Classic −7 (74-70-68=212) 1 stroke   Sandra Haynie
3 Jul 19, 1970 Springfield Jaycee Open −10 (71-70-68=209) 1 stroke   Leslie Holbert
4 Sep 27, 1970 Lincoln-Mercury Open −2 (69-71-77=217) 1 stroke   Kathy Whitworth
5 Oct 15, 1971 Quality First Classic −2 (71-72-71=214) Playoff   Jane Blalock
6 Mar 10, 1972 Lady Eve Open −9 (69-71-70=210) Playoff   Kathy Whitworth
7 Oct 10, 1972 Heritage Village Open −7 (69-72-71=212) 5 strokes   Betty Burfeindt
8 May 6, 1973 American Defender-Raleigh Classic +1 (73-72-72=217) 2 strokes   Chako Higuchi
9 May 13, 1973 Lady Carling Open −4 (75-67-73=215) 4 strokes   Sandra Haynie
10 Aug 5, 1973 Pabst Ladies Classic −4 (69-71-72=212) 3 strokes   Debbie Austin
11 Oct 14, 1973 GAC Classic −8 (69-67-70-66=272) Playoff   Gerda Boykin
  Sandra Palmer
12 Jun 2, 1974 Baltimore Classic −2 (71-73=144) 1 stroke   Susie Berning
  Carol Mann
  Marilynn Smith
  Kathy Whitworth
13 Aug 24, 1975 National Jewish Hospital Open −9 (68-68-71=207) 2 strokes   Jane Blalock
  Sandra Haynie
14 Feb 1, 1976 Burdine's Invitational −3 (73-69-71=213) 3 strokes   Pat Bradley
15 Apr 4, 1976 Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle −3 (74-72-71-68=285) 3 strokes   Betty Burfeindt
16 Apr 18, 1976 Karsten-Ping Open −11 (68-68-69=205) 7 strokes   Sandra Post
17 Jun 27, 1976 Babe Zaharias Invitational −1 (74-69-69-75=287) 1 stroke   Jane Blalock
18 Jul 18, 1976 Borden Classic −11 (68-70-67=205) 5 strokes   Pat Bradley
  Hollis Stacy
19 Nov 20, 1976 Colgate-Hong Kong Open Even (71-72-73=216) 3 strokes   Chako Higuchi
20 Feb 20, 1977 Orange Blossom Classic −8 (69-70-69=208) 5 strokes   Joyce Kazmierski
21 Feb 27, 1977 Bent Tree Classic −7 (63-77-69=209) 4 strokes   Clifford Ann Creed
22 Jun 19, 1977 Mayflower Classic −4 (68-72-72=212) 2 strokes   Jane Blalock
23 Jul 3, 1977 Peter Jackson Classic −4 (72-66-74=212) 3 strokes   Pat Meyers
  Sandra Palmer
24 Aug 6, 1977 Colgate European Women's Open −15 (69-71-71-70=281) 6 strokes   Nancy Lopez
25 Aug 13, 1978 WUI Classic −9 (71-69-70-73=283) 2 strokes   Pam Higgins
  Debbie Massey
26 Aug 13, 1979 WUI Classic −4 (76-71-71-70=288) 2 strokes   Beth Daniel

Note: Rankin won the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle (now the ANA Inspiration)
and the Peter Jackson Classic (later the du Maurier Classic) before they became major championships.

LPGA Tour playoff record (4–12)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1968 Corpus Christi Civitan Open   Sandra Spuzich Won with par on second extra hole
2 1970 Women's Golf Charities Open   Sandra Haynie
  Marilynn Smith
Smith won with birdie on first extra hole
3 1971 Quality First Classic   Jane Blalock Won with par on second extra hole
4 1972 Lady Eve Open   Kathy Whitworth Won with eagle on first extra hole
5 1973 Sealy-Faberge Classic   Kathy Cornelius Lost to par on first extra hole
6 1973 La Canadienne   Jocelyne Bourassa
  Sandra Haynie
Bourassa won with birdie on third extra hole
Rankin eliminated by par on first hole
7 1973 GAC Classic   Gerda Boykin
  Sandra Palmer
Won with par on third extra hole
Boykin eliminated by par on first hole
8 1973 Corpus Christi Civitan Open   Sharon Miller Lost to birdie on second extra hole
9 1975 Charity Golf Classic   Amy Alcott
  Sandra Haynie
Haynie won with par on fourth extra hole
Rankin eliminated by par on first hole
10 1975 Birmingham Classic   Maria Astrologes
  JoAnne Carner
Astrologes won with birdie on first extra hole
11 1975 American Defender Classic   JoAnne Carner Lost to par on first extra hole
12 1976 Girl Talk Classic   Pat Bradley
  Bonnie Lauer
  Sandra Post
Bradley won with par on second extra hole
Lauer and Post eliminated by birdie on first hole
13 1976 Peter Jackson Classic   Donna Caponi Lost to par on first extra hole
14 1977 American Cancer Society Classic   Pam Higgins Lost to par on first extra hole
15 1979 Mayflower Classic   Laura Baugh
  Hollis Stacy
Stacy won with par on second extra hole
Rankin eliminated by par on first hole
16 1981 Elizabeth Arden Classic   JoAnne Carner
  Sally Little
Little won with par on third extra hole
Carner eliminated by par on second hole

Other wins (2)Edit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/bio/judy-rankin/
  2. ^ "Faces in the crowd: Judy Torluemke". Sports Illustrated. August 8, 1960. p. 7. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Brown, Gwilym S. (August 21, 1961). "A small but handy prodigy". Sports Illustrated. p. 23. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  4. ^ "Tabs Torluemke threat in Jaycee". Milwaukee Sentinel. July 31, 1965. p. 4, part 2.
  5. ^ "Golfing gallery". St. Petersburg Independent. Florida. March 11, 1966. p. 17A.
  6. ^ Murray, Jim (March 5, 1977). "Judy Rankin...most consistent golfer in game". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Florida. (Los Angeles Times). p. 2D.
  7. ^ "Drought over for Rankin". Reading Eagle. Pennsylvania. Associated Press. August 14, 1979. p. 24.
  8. ^ "Rankin discovers gold at end of the rainbow". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. UPI. August 14, 1979. p. 13.
  9. ^ a b "LPGA votes Rankin into Hall of Fame". Victoria Advocate. Texas. wire reports. May 3, 2000. p. 2B.
  10. ^ Ferguson, Doug (May 3, 2000). "Judy Rankin voted into LPGA Hall of Fame". Kingman Daily Miner. Arizona. Associated Press. p. 7.
  11. ^ "Judy Rankin joins St. Louis Walk of Fame". KSDK. April 29, 2013. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
  12. ^ https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1989-08-11-8901040426-story.html
  13. ^ https://espnpressroom.com/us/press-releases/2018/11/lpga-season-ends-sunday-with-live-telecast-on-abc-1-million-bonus-on-line/
  14. ^ https://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/bio/judy-rankin/
  15. ^ Martin, Frank W. (November 1, 1976). "Judy Rankin Cracks the $100,000 Earnings Mark for Women Golfers, but She's Far Behind the Men". People. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
  16. ^ Sternberg, Stina (February 27, 2012). "Yippy Rankin is laid to rest". Golf Digest Woman. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  17. ^ Leonard, Tod (March 22, 2012). "Rankin making emotional return to TV golf". U-T San Diego. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
  18. ^ Rankin, Judy (March 10, 2009). "Rankin shares her insider's perspective on Ogilvy". PGA Tour. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
  19. ^ Lewis, Chris (2007). The Scorecard Always Lies: A Year Behind the Scenes on the PGA Tour. Free Press. p. 233. ISBN 978-1-4165-3716-8. judy rankin tuey.
  20. ^ "Hall of Fame Golfer Rankin Is Being Treated for Cancer". The Washington Post. June 10, 2006. Retrieved May 3, 2013.

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