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Nancy Lopez
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameNancy Marie Lopez
Born(1957-01-06) January 6, 1957 (age 56)
Torrance, California, U.S.
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Nationality United States
ResidenceThe Villages, Florida, U.S.
SpouseTim Melton (1979–82)
Ray Knight (1982–2009)
ChildrenAshley (b. 1983), Erinn (b. 1986), Torri (b. 1991)
Career
CollegeUniversity of Tulsa
(two years)
Turned professional1977
Retired2003, unretired 2007
Current tour(s)LPGA Tour
Professional wins52
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour48
Other4
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
(Wins: 3)
Kraft Nabisco C'shipT3: 1995
LPGA ChampionshipWon: 1978, 1985, 1989
U.S. Women's Open2nd/T2: 1975, 1977, 1989, 1997
du Maurier Classic2nd/T2: 1979, 1981, 1996
Women's British OpenDNP
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame1987 (member page)
LPGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
1978
LPGA Tour
Money Winner
1978, 1979, 1985
LPGA Tour
Player of the Year
1978, 1979, 1985, 1988
LPGA Tour
Vare Trophy
1978, 1979, 1985
GWAA Female
Player of the Year
1978, 1979, 1985
Associated Press
Female Athlete of the Year
1978, 1985
LPGA William and
Mousie Powell Award
1987
Flo Hyman Memorial Award1992
USGA Bob Jones Award1998
Old Tom Morris Award2000
 
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Nancy Lopez
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameNancy Marie Lopez
Born(1957-01-06) January 6, 1957 (age 56)
Torrance, California, U.S.
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Nationality United States
ResidenceThe Villages, Florida, U.S.
SpouseTim Melton (1979–82)
Ray Knight (1982–2009)
ChildrenAshley (b. 1983), Erinn (b. 1986), Torri (b. 1991)
Career
CollegeUniversity of Tulsa
(two years)
Turned professional1977
Retired2003, unretired 2007
Current tour(s)LPGA Tour
Professional wins52
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour48
Other4
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
(Wins: 3)
Kraft Nabisco C'shipT3: 1995
LPGA ChampionshipWon: 1978, 1985, 1989
U.S. Women's Open2nd/T2: 1975, 1977, 1989, 1997
du Maurier Classic2nd/T2: 1979, 1981, 1996
Women's British OpenDNP
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame1987 (member page)
LPGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
1978
LPGA Tour
Money Winner
1978, 1979, 1985
LPGA Tour
Player of the Year
1978, 1979, 1985, 1988
LPGA Tour
Vare Trophy
1978, 1979, 1985
GWAA Female
Player of the Year
1978, 1979, 1985
Associated Press
Female Athlete of the Year
1978, 1985
LPGA William and
Mousie Powell Award
1987
Flo Hyman Memorial Award1992
USGA Bob Jones Award1998
Old Tom Morris Award2000

Nancy Marie Lopez[1] (born January 6, 1957) is an American professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1977 and won 48 LPGA Tour events during her LPGA career, including three major championships.

Amateur career[edit]

She won the New Mexico Women's Amateur at age 12, and the U.S. Girls' Junior in 1972 and 1974, at ages 15 and 17, respectively. Playing in the U.S. Women's Open as an 18-year-old amateur in 1975, she finished tied for second. In 1976, Lopez was named All-American and Female Athlete of the Year for her play at the University of Tulsa. She won the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) National Championship and was a member of the U.S. Curtis Cup and World Amateur teams. She left college after her sophomore year and turned pro in 1977. That year she finished second again in the U.S. Women's Open.[2]

Professional career[edit]

In 1978, her first full season on the LPGA Tour, Lopez won nine tournaments, including at one stretch, five tournaments in a row. She appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, won the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average, LPGA Rookie of the Year, LPGA Player of the Year and was named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year. She won another eight times in 1979. She won multiple times in each year from 1980 to 1984, although she played only half-seasons in 1983 and 1984 due to the birth of her first child.[2]

Playing full-time again in 1985, Lopez posted five wins, five seconds and five thirds, won the money title, the scoring title and the Player of the Year Award. She was also named Associate Press Female Athlete of the Year for a second time. She played only four tournaments in 1986, when her second daughter was born. But came back to win multiple times in 1987-89 - three times each in 1988 and 1989 - and once again won Player of the Year honors in 1988. Her schedule was curtailed again in the early 1990s when her third daughter was born. In 1992 she won twice. She continued to play short schedules - from 11 to 18 tournaments - through 2002, then in 2003 cut back to just a half dozen or fewer events a year.[2]

Although considered one of the greats in the history of women's golf, and the best player from the late '70s to late '80s, Lopez did not win many majors and never won the U.S. Women's Open. She finished second at the U.S. Women's Open four times, the last coming in 1997 when she became the first golfer to score in the 60s for all four rounds, yet she still lost to Alison Nicholas. Her three major championships all came at the LPGA Championship, in 1978, 1985, and 1989.[2]

Lopez was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1987. She was a member of the United States Solheim Cup team in 1990 and was captain of the team in 2005. She retired from regular tournament play in 2002, and then attempted a return in 2007 and 2008. In her return season, she played six tournaments, failed to make the cut in any of the tournaments and only broke 80 in three of the 12 rounds.[2] In 2008 she played in three events, with a low score of 76, never making the cut.

Lopez is the only woman to win LPGA Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year, and the Vare Trophy in the same season (1978). Her company, Nancy Lopez Golf, makes a full line of women's clubs and accessories. She also does occasional television commentary.

Personal[edit]

Lopez was married to former Major League All-Star baseball player Ray Knight for 27 years, from 1982 to 2009. They have three daughters. She was previously married for three years to sportscaster Tim Melton.[3] She currently resides in The Villages, Florida[4] where she hosts an annual golf tournament to benefit the charity AIM (Adventures in Movement), an organization that helps mentally challenged, visually impaired, hearing impaired, physically handicapped and other children and adults with special needs. She has hosted the tournament since 1981 and also serves as a National Ambassador with AIM, along with Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan.[5]

Amateur wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (48)[edit]

Legend
LPGA Tour major championships (3)
Other LPGA Tour (45)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Feb 26, 1978Bent Tree Classic+1 (71-72-73-73=289)1 strokeUnited States Jo Ann Washam
2Mar 12, 1978Sunstar Classic–3 (72-72-70-71=285)1 strokeUnited States Debbie Austin, United States Debbie Massey
3May 14, 1978Greater Baltimore Classic–7 (67-73-72=212)3 strokesUnited States Donna Caponi
4May 21, 1978Coca-Cola Classic–3 (69-71-70=210)PlayoffUnited States JoAnne Carner
5May 29, 1978Golden Lights Championship–11 (67-72-73-65=277)1 strokeUnited States Jane Blalock
6Jun 11, 1978LPGA Championship–13 (71-65-69-70=275)6 strokesUnited States Amy Alcott
7Jun 18, 1978Bankers Trust Classic–5 (72-73-69=214)2 strokesUnited States Jane Blalock, United States Debbie Massey
8Aug 6, 1978Colgate European Open–7 (73-71-72-73=289)3 strokesUnited States JoAnne Carner, United States Mary Dwyer,
South Africa Sally Little
9Nov 12, 1978Colgate Far East OpenE (75-69-72=216)2 strokesArgentina Silvia Bertolaccini, United States Kathy Whitworth
10Mar 11, 1979Sunstar Classic–8 (70-71-70-69=280)1 strokeUnited States Hollis Stacy
11Mar 25, 1979Sahara National Pro-Am–16 (72-67-66-69=274)2 strokesUnited States Donna Caponi
12May 6, 1979Women's International–6 (72-71-71-68=282)3 strokesUnited States Donna White
13May 20, 1979Coca-Cola Classic–3 (73-70-73=216)PlayoffUnited States Bonnie Bryant, United States Hollis Stacy,
United States Jo Ann Washam, United States Mickey Wright
14Jun 3, 1979Golden Lights Championship–8 (67-70-73-70=280)4 strokesUnited States Pat Bradley
15Jun 24, 1979Lady Keystone Open–4 (72-68-72=212)2 strokesSouth Africa Sally Little, United States Kathy Whitworth
16Aug 5, 1979Colgate European Open–6 (68-69-70-75=282)4 strokesUnited States Joyce Kazmierski
17Sep 30, 1979Mary Kay Classic–14 (71-66-67-70=274)2 strokesCanada Sandra Post
18Mar 30, 1980Women's Kemper OpenE (72-66-77-69=284)2 strokesUnited States Debbie Massey, United States Jo Ann Washam
19Jun 29, 1980The Sarah Coventry–9 (73-67-72-71=283)1 strokeUnited States Pat Bradley
20Sep 1, 1980Rail Charity Golf Classic–13 (65-71-71-68=275)1 strokeUnited States JoAnne Carner
21Mar 8, 1981Arizona Copper Classic–14 (70-72-68-68=278)4 strokesUnited States Pat Bradley
22Apr 5, 1981Colgate-Dinah Shore–11 (71-73-69-64=277)2 strokesUnited States Carolyn Hill
23Jun 28, 1981The Sarah Coventry–3 (74-69-71-71=285)2 strokesUnited States Pat Bradley
24Mar 21, 1982J&B Scotch Pro-Am–5 (70-67-69-73=279)5 strokesUnited States Sandra Haynie
25Nov 7, 1982Mazda Japan Classic–9 (66-70-71=207)6 strokesUnited States Amy Alcott
26Feb 6, 1983Elizabeth Arden Classic–3 (71-71-70-73=285)1 strokeUnited States Pat Bradley, United States JoAnne Carner,
United States Stephanie Farwig, United States Betsy King
27Apr 10, 1983J&B Scotch Pro-Am–6 (71-69-69-74=283)1 strokeUnited States Laura Baugh
28Mar 4, 1984Uniden LPGA InvitationalE (70-74-66-74=284)3 strokesUnited States Pat Bradley
29Aug 19, 1984Chevrolet World Championship of Women's Golf–7 (69-74-65-73=281)1 strokeUnited States JoAnne Carner
30May 19, 1985Chrysler-Plymouth Classic–9 (69-69-72=210)3 strokesUnited States Pat Bradley
31Jun 7, 1985LPGA Championship–15 (65-71-72-65=273)8 strokesUnited States Alice Miller
32Jul 7, 1985Mazda Hall of Fame Championship–7 (71-70-72-68=281)3 strokesUnited States JoAnne Carner, United States Allison Finney
33Aug 11, 1985Henredon Classic–20 (66-67-69-66=268)10 strokesUnited States Val Skinner
34Sep 8, 1985Portland Ping Championship–1 (69-76-70=215)PlayoffUnited States Lori Garbacz
35Feb 8, 1987Sarasota Classic–7 (73-66-68-74=281)3 strokesUnited States Kathy Guadagnino, France Anne Marie Palli
36Sep 13, 1987Cellular One-Ping Golf Championship–6 (72-67-71=210)1 strokeUnited States Kelly Leadbetter, United States Muffin Spencer-Devlin,
Australia Jan Stephenson
37Feb 7, 1988Mazda Classic–5 (69-68-71-75=283)2 strokesSpain Marta Figueras-Dotti
38Apr 17, 1988AI Star/Centinela Hospital Classic–6 (71-72-67=210)PlayoffSpain Marta Figueras-Dotti
39May 15, 1988Chrysler-Plymouth Classic–12 (68-70-66=204)8 strokesAustralia Jan Stephenson
40May 21, 1989Mazda LPGA Championship–14 (71-69-68-66=274)3 strokesJapan Ayako Okamoto
41Jul 30, 1989Atlantic City Classic–10 (67-70-69=206)1 strokeUnited States Christa Johnson, United States Vicki Fergon
42Sep 24, 1989Nippon Travel-MBS Classic–11 (73-69-65-70=277)2 strokesUnited States Alice Ritzman, Scotland Pamela Wright
43Sep 23, 1990MBS LPGA Classic–7 (69-70-74-68=281)PlayoffUnited States Cathy Gerring
44May 5, 1991Sara Lee Classic–10 (65-70-71=206)2 strokesUnited States Kris Monaghan
45Sep 7, 1992Rail Charity Golf Classic–17 (67-68-64=199)PlayoffEngland Laura Davies
46Sep 13, 1992Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship–7 (70-70-69=209)PlayoffAustralia Jane Crafter
47Jul 11, 1993Youngstown-Warren LPGA Classic–13 (68-68-67=203)PlayoffUnited States Deb Richard
48Apr 27, 1997Chick-fil-A Charity Championship–7 (71-66=137)2 strokesUnited States Tina Barrett, United States Deb Richard,
Australia Karrie Webb

Note: Lopez won the Colgate-Dinah Shore (now known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship) before it became a major championship.

LPGA Tour playoff record (8–7)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11978Kathryn Crosby/Honda Civic ClassicSouth Africa Sally LittleLost to par on first extra hole
21978Coca-Cola ClassicUnited States JoAnne CarnerWon with par on first extra hole
31978Mizuno-Japan ClassicJapan Michiko Okada, Taiwan Ai-Yu TuOkada won with birdie on fifth extra hole
Tu eliminated with birdie on second hole
41979Women's Kemper OpenUnited States Donna Caponi, United States JoAnne Carner,
Japan Chako Higuchi, Australia Jan Stephenson
Carner won with par on second extra hole
Caponi, Lopez, and Stephenson eliminated with par on first hole
51979Coca-Cola ClassicUnited States Bonnie Bryant, United States Hollis Stacy,
United States Jo Ann Washam, United States Mickey Wright
Won with birdie on second extra hole
Bryant, Stacy, and Washam eliminated with birdie on first hole
61980Mary Kay ClassicUnited States Jerilyn BritzLost to birdie on second extra hole
71985Portland Ping ChampionshipUnited States Lori GarbaczWon with birdie on third extra hole
81988AI Star/Centinela Hospital ClassicSpain Marta Figueras-DottiWon with par on second extra hole
91988Crestar ClassicUnited States Juli Inkster, United States Rosie Jones,
United States Betsy King
Inkster won with eagle on first extra hole
101988Rochester InternationalTaiwan Mei-Chi Cheng, United States Patty SheehanCheng won with birdie on second extra hole
Sheehan eliminated with par on first hole
111990MBS LPGA ClassicUnited States Cathy GerringWon with birdie on first extra hole
121992Rail Charity ClassicEngland Laura DaviesWon with par on first extra hole
131992Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf ChampionshipAustralia Jane CrafterWon with par on second extra hole
141993Youngstown-Warren LPGA ClassicUnited States Deb RichardWon with birdie on first extra hole
151998Sara Lee ClassicUnited States Donna Andrews, Peru Jenny Lidback,
United States Barb Mucha
Mucha won with birdie on second extra hole

Other wins[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (3)[edit]

YearChampionshipWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
1978LPGA Championship–13 (71-65-69-70=275)6 strokesUnited States Amy Alcott
1985LPGA Championship–15 (65-71-72-65=273)8 strokesUnited States Alice Miller
1989Mazda LPGA Championship–14 (71-69-68-66=274)3 strokesJapan Ayako Okamoto

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament1974197519761977197819791980
LPGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNP1T10T19
U.S. Women's OpenT18T2LACUT2T9T11T7
du Maurier Classic...............2T6
Tournament1981198219831984198519861987198819891990
Kraft Nabisco Championship......T6T16T11DNPT33T5T18CUT
LPGA ChampionshipT5T35T21T141DNPT28T241T14
U.S. Women's OpenWDT7DNPT35T4DNPT21T122T14
du Maurier ClassicT2T9WDT8DNPDNPT21T459DNP
Tournament1991199219931994199519961997199819992000
Kraft Nabisco ChampionshipT30CUTT8T9T3T15T23T13T21T43
LPGA ChampionshipDNPT18T25WDT18T18T37T44WDT65
U.S. Women's OpenDNPT16T7T35T28CUT2CUTCUTT46
du Maurier ClassicDNPDNPDNPT22DNPT2DNPT27DNPDNP
Tournament2001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Kraft Nabisco ChampionshipT63CUTCUTWDCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
LPGA ChampionshipCUTCUTCUTCUTDNPDNPCUTDNPDNPCUT
U.S. Women's OpenCUTCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Women's British OpenDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP

^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001.
LA = Low Amateur
DNP = did not play.
CUT = missed the half=way cut.
"T" = tied
WD = withdrew
Green background for a win. Yellow background for a top-10 finish.

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hollis Stacy Withstands The Pressure". Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania). July 25, 1977. p. 19. Retrieved July 27, 2011. "Next to her was 20-year-old Nancy Marie Lopez..." 
  2. ^ a b c d e Nancy Lopez at about.com
  3. ^ Lemon, Richard (April 25, 1983). "On the Beach No More, Nancy Lopez and Ray Knight Score a Tie for Golf and Baseball". People 19 (16). Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ Glenn, Rhonda (December 7, 2012). "Catching Up With ... Nancy Lopez: 40 years after winning her first U.S. Girls' Junior, Hall of Famer is busy on and off course". USGA. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ "AIM Ambassadors". Retrieved June 24, 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Diana Golden-Brosnihan
Flo Hyman Memorial Award
1992
Succeeded by
Lynette Woodard