Helen Dettweiler

United States


Trinity College (History and English)

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Helen Dettweiler Bio


  • One of the 13 LPGA founders.
  • In 1958, was the first recipient of the LPGA Teacher of the Year Award.
  • In 1950, elected the first vice-president of the LPGA during the Wichita organizational meeting; her term began in 1951.
  • In 1949, appeared in the film “Pat and Mike” with Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Babe Zaharias.
  • In 1946, was the second president of the Women’s Professional Golf Association (WPGA), the LPGA’s predecessor.
  • In 1939, won the Western Open as an amateur; joined Wilson Sporting Goods as a representative.
  • Became the third female professional to work for a golf club manufacturer (Wilson Sporting Goods Co.), doing exhibitions and clinics all over the country.
  • Member of the WASPs in World War II (1943-44)—one of 17 women chosen to fly B-17 bombers (the Flying Fortress).
  • Also during WWII, served as a cryptographer, eventually responsible for training decoders all over the country.
  • First woman to design and build a golf course (a nine-hole course in Indio, Calif., at the Cochran ranch).
  • First female baseball commentator; broadcast coast-to-coast for the Washington Senators.

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