Alcott was treated to a standing ovation when introduced to the nearly 300 guests in attendance.
Alcott, who grew up in West Los Angeles and has been a Southern California resident throughout her career, said, “To be inducted locally, in my hometown, where my roots are, is what it’s all about. I really do treasure this.” Over an illustrious pro career, she won 29 LPGA tournaments, including five majors.
In presenting Alcott, childhood friend Lee Michaels said that in observing her as a junior, “it was like watching Babe Ruth take batting practice – seeing someone do something you’ve never seen before.”
Alcott competed on the LPGA Tour for 30 seasons and was inducted into its Hall of Fame and the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1999. A longtime Santa Monica resident, she won the Kraft Nabisco Championship three times and started the tradition of jumping into Poppie’s Pond at Mission Hills CC after winning the 1988 title.
Alcott started playing golf at the age of 9 at her Brentwood home. She competed throughout Southern California and in her amateur career amassed 132 junior golf trophies, including the 1973 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at the age of 17. Alcott made history in 1974 as the first female golfer to play in the CIF-SCGA high school championship as a member of the Palisades High School boys’ team.
Memorabilia from her career was displayed prominently at the induction ceremony, and guests delighted in looking over the photos, newspaper clippings, programs and badges from past events.
Artwork of Alcott by famed artist Scott Medlock was unveiled during the ceremony. Medlock has captured the likenesses of all 20 members of the SCGA Hall of Fame.
During her speech, Alcott revealed her top-10 favorite things about growing up in Southern California. The list is:
10. Walking into Walter Keller's Golf shop at 9, hitting a ball into a net and having him tell my mom he wanted to give me lessons.
9. Sneaking in under the fence at the VA and getting locked in.
8. The good times waiting in line at Rancho. I had to lie to the starter about my age.
7. Generosity of Charles Faye Hathaway to give me a junior membership to Riviera to feel like I belonged.
6. Jumping in the water with Dinah and before that with my caddie, Bill Kurre, at the Dinah Shore Classic.
5. Playing at Riviera and having Dean Martin watch and teach me about gambling and drinking.
4. Only here can you hit balls at low tide and hit bunker shots in trash cans.
3. Running into Gerald Ford at a Ralph's in Palm Desert.
2. Rounds of golf with Bill Clinton.
1. Being invited to the men's grill room at Hillcrest Country Club and seeing George Burns walk by. "My friend told him I won the Dinah Shore three times. He said, `I slept with Dinah.' I'm not the only one that makes up stories."