Sandra Palmer (golfer)

Sandra Palmer (born March 10, 1943) is an American professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1964 and won 19 LPGA Tour events, including two major championships, during her career. She was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2023 and will be inducted in 2024.[1]

Sandra Palmer
Personal information
Full nameSandra Palmer
Born (1943-03-10) March 10, 1943 (age 80)
Fort Worth, Texas
Height5 ft 1.5 in (1.56 m)
Sporting nationality United States
ResidenceSammamish, Washington
Career
CollegeNorth Texas State University
Turned professional1964
Former tour(s)LPGA Tour (1964–1997)
Professional wins28
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour19
LPGA of Japan Tour2
Other7
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 2)
Western OpenT18: 1967
Titleholders C'shipWon: 1972
Chevron ChampionshipT10: 1986
Women's PGA C'ship3rd: 1970, 1974
U.S. Women's OpenWon: 1975
du Maurier ClassicT9: 1982
Achievements and awards
LPGA Tour
Money Winner
1975
LPGA Tour
Player of the Year
1975
GWAA Female
Player of the Year
1975
World Golf Hall of Fame2023

Amateur career edit

Palmer was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but grew up (and first played golf) in Bangor, Maine. She attended North Texas State University where she was a cheerleader and Homecoming Queen.[2] Palmer attended North Texas State University, where she was runner-up in the 1961 National Collegiate Championship. While at North Texas State, Palmer joined Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She was a four-time winner of the West Texas Amateur and won the Texas State Amateur in 1963.

Professional career edit

Palmer turned professional and became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1964. She won 19 events on the Tour, and also several other professional events, including some as a senior. Her two wins in major championships came at the 1972 Titleholders Championship and the 1975 U.S. Women's Open. She topped the money list for 1975 and was awarded the LPGA Player of the Year title. Her ten top-10 finishes on the money list came in ten straight years from 1968 to 1977. She played her last event on the Tour in 1997.

Professional wins edit

LPGA Tour wins (19) edit

Legend
LPGA Tour major championships (2)
Other LPGA Tour (17)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 May 16, 1971 Sealy LPGA Classic −3 (77-69-72-71=289) 2 strokes   Donna Caponi
2 Jun 20, 1971 Heritage Open −8 (71-70-70=211) 1 stroke   Chako Higuchi
3 May 29, 1972 Titleholders Championship −1 (71-68-72-72=283) 10 strokes   Judy Rankin
  Mickey Wright
4 Feb 18, 1973 Pompano Beach Classic −1 (72-73-70=215) Playoff   Betty Burfeindt
5 May 19, 1973 St. Paul Open −7 (70-68-71=209) 1 stroke   Jane Blalock
  Judy Rankin
6 Aug 26, 1973 National Jewish Hospital Open −3 (73-69-68=210) 1 stroke   Betty Burfeindt
7 Sep 30, 1973 Cameron Park Open −7 (73-72-67=212) 2 strokes   Susie Maxwell
  Gail Toushin
8 Feb 4, 1974 Burdine's Invitational −3 (70-69-76=215) Playoff   Kathy Whitworth
9 Oct 21, 1974 Cubic Corporation Classic −1 (72-72-71=215) 1 stroke   Kathy McMullen
10 Apr 20, 1975 Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle −5 (70-70-70-73=283) 1 stroke   Kathy McMullen
11 Jul 20, 1975 U.S. Women's Open +7 (78-74-71-72=295) 4 strokes   JoAnne Carner
  Nancy Lopez (a)
  Sandra Post
12 Jul 4, 1976 Bloomington Bicentennial Classic −7 (71-67-71=209) 1 stroke   Laura Baugh
  JoAnne Carner
13 Aug 29, 1976 National Jewish Hospital Open −10 (69-70-67=206) 2 strokes   Pat Bradley
14 Sep 5, 1976 Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Classic −3 (71-68-74=213) Playoff   JoAnne Carner
  Mary Lou Crocker
  Michelle Walker
15 Mar 27, 1977 Kathryn Crosby/Honda Civic Classic −7 (70-68-69-74=281) 4 strokes   Hollis Stacy
16 Apr 17, 1977 Women's International −7 (70-72-69-70=281) 2 strokes   Jane Blalock
17 Feb 1, 1981 Whirlpool Championship of Deer Creek −8 (66-69-74-75=284) 2 strokes   Amy Alcott
18 Aug 8, 1982 Boston Five Classic −7 (74-67-71-69=281) 1 stroke   Terri Moody
19 Jun 29, 1986 Mayflower Classic −8 (68-68-72-72=280) Playoff   Christa Johnson
  Jan Stephenson

LPGA Tour playoff record (4–5)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1972 Corpus Christi Civitan Open   JoAnn Prentice
  Kathy Whitworth
Prentice won with birdie on tenth extra hole
Whitworth eliminated by birdie on third hole
2 1972 Lady Errol Classic   Jane Blalock
  Kathy Whitworth
Blalock won with birdie on third extra hole
3 1973 Pompano Beach Classic   Betty Burfeindt Won with birdie on first extra hole
4 1973 GNA Classic   Gerda Boykin
  Judy Rankin
Rankin won with par on third extra hole
Boykin eliminated by par on first hole
5 1974 Burdine's Invitational   Kathy Whitworth Won with birdie on fifth extra hole
6 1976 Orange Blossom Classic   JoAnne Carner Lost to par on fourth extra hole
7 1976 U.S. Women's Open   JoAnne Carner Lost 18-hole playoff (Carner:76, Palmer.:78)
8 1976 Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Classic   JoAnne Carner
  Mary Lou Crocker
  Michelle Walker
Won with birdie on third extra hole
Crocker and Walker eliminated by par on first hole
9 1986 Mayflower Classic   Christa Johnson
  Jan Stephenson
Won with birdie on first extra hole

LPGA majors are shown in bold.
Note: Palmer won the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle (now known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship) before it became a major championship.

LPGA of Japan Tour wins (2) edit

Other wins (7) edit

  • 1972 Angelo's Four-Ball Championship (with Jane Blalock)
  • 1973 Angelo's Four-Ball Championship (with Jane Blalock)
  • 1991 Centel Senior Challenge
  • 1992 Centel Senior Challenge
  • 1993 Sprint Senior Challenge
  • 1994 Sprint Senior Challenge
  • 1995 Sprint Senior Challenge

Major championships edit

Wins (2) edit

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runners-up
1972 Titleholders Championship −1 (71-68-72-72=283) 10 strokes   Judy Rankin,   Mickey Wright
1975 U.S. Women's Open +7 (78-74-71-72=295) 4 strokes   JoAnne Carner,   Nancy Lopez (a),   Sandra Post

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Padraig Harrington, LPGA founders join '24 Golf Hall of Fame class". ESPN. Associated Press. March 9, 2023.
  2. ^ Sandra Palmer is new Open champ

External links edit