- RACE TO CME GLOBE
2000 LPGA Commissioner’s Award
Betty Jameson stormed onto the golf scene at an early age. After picking up golf at age 11, she won the Texas Publinx at just 13 years old and the Southern Championship when she was 15. Jamseon won the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1939 and 1940 as well as the Women’s Western Amatuer in 1940 and 1942. Also in 1942, Betty won the Women’s Western Open, becoming the first player to win both the Western Am and the Western Open in the same year.
Jameson turned professional in 1945 and two years later won the U.S. Women’s Open at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina with a total of 295, the first time a female player finished with less than 300 strokes over 72 holes. In 1950, Betty was one of the 13 women who founded the LPGA Tour. She led the Money List in both 1947 and 1953 and in 1952, came up with the idea for the Vare Trophy – named for Glenna Collett Vare – to honor the player with the lowest scoring average each season.
Jameson was one of the original inductees into the LPGA Hall of Fame when it was created in 1967. She became a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1968 and in 1979, was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. Betty was a 1998 inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame and joined the Women's Sports Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2000, Jameson and the other founders were given the LPGA Commissioner’s Award for their exceptional contributions to women’s golf.