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1981 Rookie of the Year, 1983 Rolex Player of the Year, 1984 Vare Trophy recipient
A native of Vermont, Patty Sheehan’s racked up her many of her amateur golf accolades on the West Coast. She won the Nevada State Amateur from 1975-78 and two straight California Women’s Amateurs (1977-78). In 1979, she was runner-up at the U.S. Women’s Amateur and in 1980 claimed the AIAW National Championship title and went 4-0 as a member of the U.S. Curtis Cup team. She played collegiate golf for the University of Nevada and San Jose State University and is a member of the Collegiate Golf Hall of Fame.
Sheehan turned professional in 1980, winning Rookie of the Year honors in 1981 and her first pro victory at the Mazda Japan Classic. Her first of six major championship titles came at the 1983 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, which she would successfully defend the next season. She won her only Player of the Year honors in 1983. Sheehan went on to win a total of 35 times, with her final victory earned at the 1996 Chevron Championship. She played on the U.S. Solheim Cup team five times (1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2002) and captained the team in 2002 and 2003.
Sheehan was inducted into the World Golf and LPGA Halls of Fame in 1993, and also won the GWAA Female Player of the Year (1984, 1993) and the discontinued LPGA Patty Berg Award in 2002.