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Debbie Massey
Rookie Year
Race to CME Points

5’8"\... Is a former snow ski instructor... Now counts skiing, hunting, fishing, restoring old cars and scuba diving as her hobbies... Served as LPGA Tour Division Vice-President in 1980 and 1981 and was President in 1982... Lists Dorothy Porter, Morry Holland and the late Ellen Griffin as major influences on her career... Current teachers are Gardner Dickinson and Pam Phipps...Retired from full-time LPGA competition at the end of 1996 to start OPUS I, Ltd., a sports marketing and promotions firm.

Career Highlights

  • Won her first tournament as a rookie (the Mizuno Japan Classic) and was LPGA Rookie of the Year in 1977.
  • Captured the 1979 Wheeling Classic.
  • Two-time winner of the Women’s British Open (1980 and 1981).
  • First crossed the $100,000 mark in 1986 with seven top-10 finishes.
  • In 1988, she posted six top-10 finishes and again crossed $100,000 in winnings.
  • Captured her third career title at the 1990 Mazda Japan Classic.
  • Her 1990 Mazda Japan Classic victory pushed Massey over the $1 million mark in career earnings. She became the 22nd LPGA player to reach that milestone.
  • Fired a new career-low score of 64 during the second round of the 1990 Mazda Japan Classic.
  • In 1990, she earned $166,661, marking her most successful financial season ever on Tour.
  • In 1991, she recorded two top-10 finishes, five top-20 finishes and earned $127,308. Her best finish was a solo second place at the 1991 du Maurier Ltd. Classic.
  • She was unable to compete during June and July of 1992 due to an injury to her right wrist.
  • Her best finish in 1992 was a tie for third in the Inamori Classic.
  • In 1993, she played in just 10 events due to illness.
  • Played just nine events in 1994 after suffering a severe case of mononucleosis.
  • Tied for fifth at the 1994 Atlanta Women’s Championship.

    Massey’s outstanding amateur career included consecutive victories in the Canadian Amateur (1974-1976), in addition to the 1972 and 1975 Western Amateur and 1975 Eastern Amateur titles. Massey also represented the United States in Curtis Cup and World Cup team competition and was low amateur at the 1974 U.S. Women’s Open, finishing tied for seventh.