Kathy Cornelius (née McKinnon,[1] born October 27, 1932) is an American professional golfer.

Kathy Cornelius
Personal information
Full nameKathy McKinnon Cornelius
Born (1932-10-27) October 27, 1932 (age 91)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Sporting nationality United States
SpouseBill Cornelius (m. 1953)
CollegeFlorida Southern College
Turned professional1953
Former tour(s)LPGA Tour (1956–1985)
Professional wins8
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour6
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 1)
Western Open6th: 1959, 1961
Titleholders C'ship2nd: 1960
Chevron ChampionshipT62: 1983
Women's PGA C'shipT5: 1965
U.S. Women's OpenWon: 1956
du Maurier ClassicDNP

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Cornelius attended Florida Southern College, where she played on the men's golf team, as the school did not have a women's team at the time. She turned pro in 1953 and married golf pro Bill Cornelius the same year. She joined the LPGA Tour in 1956 and won two events in her rookie season, including the U.S. Women's Open, which was to be her only major championship. She won six LPGA Tour titles in total and had her highest money list finish in 1973, when she came eighth. She made the top-20 of the money list twelve times in total (1957–65 and 1971–73).

In 1985, Kathy and her husband founded Magique Golf, a golf club company based in Arizona, which they ran until 1999. She later taught golf part-time at Rio Salado Golf Course in Tempe, Arizona.[citation needed] Her daughter, Kay, won the 1981 U.S. Girls' Junior, making them the only mother-daughter pair to win USGA championships.[2]

Professional wins (8) edit

LPGA Tour wins (6) edit

Other wins (2) edit

Major championships edit

Wins (1) edit

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
1956 U.S. Women's Open +7 (73-77-73-79=302) Playoff1   Barbara McIntire (a)

1 In an 18-hole playoff, Cornelius 75, McIntire 82.

References edit

  1. ^ Foster, Jim (April 27, 1957). "Kathy Cornelius had fast rise to LPGA championship". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. p. B2. Retrieved June 22, 2016 – via Google News Archive.
  2. ^ "2012 United States Golf Association Championships Media Guide" (PDF). USGA. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 25, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  3. ^ "Kathy Cornelius Bags Record Win". The Los Angeles Times. AP. February 20, 1956. p. 2 (Part 4). Retrieved March 7, 2021 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Cornelius Cops Golf Title". The Los Angeles Times. UPI. September 7, 1959. p. 5 (Part 4). Retrieved March 7, 2021 – via newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Kathy Cornelius Wins Golf Tourney". The Los Angeles Times. UPI. July 17, 1961. p. 2 (Part 4). Retrieved March 7, 2021 – via newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Kathy Cornelius Gains First Win in 10 Years". The Los Angeles Times. UPI. May 22, 1972. p. 3 (Part 3). Retrieved March 7, 2021 – via newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Cornelius Wins Sealy in Playoff With Rankin". The Los Angeles Times. UPI. June 4, 1973. p. 2 (Part 3). Retrieved March 7, 2021 – via newspapers.com.

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