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Kansas City, Missouri
1975 Rookie of the Year, 1980 Vare Trophy recipient
Amy Alcott’s short amateur career was highlighted by her 1973 U.S. Girls Junior Championship at the age of 17. After graduating from Palisades High School in Los Angeles, she turned professional at 18. She qualified for the LPGA Tour in 1975 at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.
Alcott captured her first LPGA Tour victory at the 1975 Orange Blossom Classic, in only her third tournament as a professional. She would go on to earn Rookie of the Year honors that first season. Throughout her career, she won four tournaments in a season three separate times, in 1979, 1980 and 1984. One of her best years came in 1980, when she won her third major title at the U.S. Women’s Open as well as the Vare Trophy. She’s also known for winning the Chevron Championship three times (1983, 1988, 1991) and is one of three players to ever win that Championship three times, along with Betsy King and Annika Sorenstam. Alcott notably created the famed “leap” into Poppie’s Pond after her second win at Mission Hills, and continued the tradition after her third victory there, which was her final win on Tour.
Alcott was inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame in 1999 when the LPGA changed the criteria to the points system as opposed to 30 career wins. She also was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1999. From 2001-2004, she hosted the Office Depot Championship, and also started working in golf course design, forming Amy Alcott Golf.