LPGA History: The 1990s

1990:

Betsy King won the Nabisco Dinah Shore and her second consecutive U.S. Women’s Open at the Atlanta Athletic Club by one stroke over Patty Sheehan.

Beth Daniel won the Mazda LPGA Championship at its new home in Bethesda, Maryland. The tournament was the first LPGA event with a purse of $1,000,000.

Bill Blue resigned as LPGA Commissioner and was replaced by Charles Mechem

Beth Daniel led the LPGA money list, led the Tour in wins with seven, and captured the Rolex Player of the Year and Vare Trophy 70.54.

The Solheim Cup, pitting players from the United States against players from Europe, was introduced.

 
1991:
Amy Alcott took home the Nabisco Dinah Shore title, Meg Mallon won the Mazda LPGA Championship and the U.S. Women’s Open at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, and Nancy Scranton captured the du Maurier Classic at Vancouver County Club.

Pat Bradley won three times in the month of September and qualified for the LPGA Hall of Fame when she won for the 30th time at the MBS Classic

Pat Bradley led the LPGA money list, won the Vare Trophy and was named Rolex Player of the Year. She and Meg Mallon led the Tour in wins with four each.

21 different LPGA players won tournaments, an LPGA record.

 
1992:

Shelly Hamlin returned to the Tour after undergoing a mastectomy to win the Phar-Mor – her first win since 1978.

Twenty-year old Brandie Burton won for the first time at the Ping/Welch’s Championship.

Dottie Pepper won the Nabisco Dinah Shore, Betsy King won the Mazda LPGA Championship, Patty Sheehan took the U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont County Club in an 18-hole playoff over Juli Inkster, and Sherri Steinhauer captured the du Maurier Classic.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was named the official national charity of the LPGA. The LPGA became the first professional golf organization to partner with an official national charity.

Dottie Pepper led the LPGA money list, won the Vare Trophy with a scoring average of 70.80 and captured the Rolex Player of the Year award.

 
1993:

Betsy King led the LPGA money list, was named Rolex Player of the Year and won the Vare Trophy with a stroke average of 70.85.

Helen Alfredsson won the Nabisco Dinah Shore, Patty Sheehan won the LPGA Championship, Lauri Merten won the U.S. Women’s Open, and Brandi Burton won the du Maurier.

Patty Sheehan qualified for the LPGA Hall of Fame

 
1994:

Beth Daniel was the Rolex Player of the Year and won the Vare Trophy with a scoring average of 70.90.

Laura Davies won the LPGA money title for the first time.

Donna Andrews won the Nabisco Dinah Shore, Laura Davies captured the McDonald’s LPGA Championship, Patty Sheehan won her second U.S. Women’s Open and Martha Nause won her first major championship at the du Maurier.

 
 
1995:

Annika Sorenstam won her first Rolex Player of the Year award. She led the LPGA money list and took home the Vare Trophy with a scoring average of 71.00.

Nanci Bowen won her first and only major at the Nabisco Dinah Shore, Kelly Robbins captured the McDonald’s LPGA Championship, Annika Sorenstam won her first U.S.  Women’s Open at the Broadmoor, and Jenny Lidback won her first and only major at the du Maurier.

The LPGA set a record for the most Rolex First-Time Winners in a season with 11. For the first time in LPGA history, four Rolex First-Time winners were named in four consecutive weeks – Kathryn Marshall (Jamie Farr Toledo Classic), Annika Sorenstam (U.S. Women’s’ Open), Tracy Kerdyk (JAL Big Apple Classic) and Becky Iverson (Friendly’s Classic).

Jim Ritts was appointed the LPGA Commissioner-elect in June of 1995

 
1996:

Laura Davies was named the Rolex Player of the Year, Annika Sorenstam took home the Vare Trophy, averaging 70.47 and Karrie Webb led the LPGA money list.

Patty Sheehan won the Nabisco Dinah Shore, Laura Davies won the McDonald’s LPGA Championship and the du Maurier, and Annika Sorenstam won a second consecutive U.S. Women’s Open.

Betsy King qualified for the LPGA Hall of Fame.

 
1997:

Laura Davies set an LPGA record by winning the Standard Register PING for the fourth consecutive year.

Annika Sorenstam led the LPGA money list and was named the Rolex Player of the Year.  Karrie Webb won the Vare Trophy with a scoring average of 70.00.

Betsy King won the Nabisco Dinah Shore, Chris Johnson captured McDonald’s LPGA Championship, Alison Nicholas won the US Women’s Open, and Colleen Walker took home the du Maurier.

 
1998:

Se Ri Pak won the U.S. Women’s Open at Black Wolf Run in a 20-hole playoff over amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn. Pak also won the LPGA Championship, winning two majors in her rookie year. She was named the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year.

Annika Sorenstam won the Rolex Player of the Year award and the Vare Trophy with a scoring average of 69.99.  She also led the LPGA money list.

Pat Hurst won the Nabisco Dinah Shore, and Brandie Burton captured the du Maurier.

 
1999:

Karrie Webb led the LPGA money list and won both the Rolex Player of the Year award and Vare Trophy, averaging 69.43 strokes per round.

Dottie Pepper won her second Nabisco Dinah Shore, Juli Inkster won the U.S. Women’s Open and the McDonald’s LPGA Championship and Karrie Webb captured the du Maurier.

Three players qualified for the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame – Juli Inkster, Amy Alcott and Beth Daniel.

 

Andrews Sports MedicineArpin Van LinesFloridas NaturalMedjet AssistMichelob ULTRAPrudentialSmuckers