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Shelley Hamlin
Rookie Year
1972
Age
71
Career Earnings
$1,024,977

5’5”, brown hair, hazel eyes...Was instrumental in the LPGA’s move to its former home at Sweetwater Country Club in Sugar Land, Texas, while serving as LPGA president from 1980-81…In 2000, was the first recipient of the Dr. DeDe Owens Spirit of Golf Award…A member of the Stanford University Hall of Fame.

Career Highlights

  • In 2000, was the first recipient of the Dr. DeDe Owens Spirit of Golf Award presented at the Celebrating Women in Golf: An LPGA 50th Anniversary Event dinner; the Dr. DeDe Owens Spirit of Golf Award, which is considered an LPGA lifetime achievement award, was established in mid-April 2000 to recognize an individual, male or female, who has overcome adversity and gone on to contribute to the growth and development of golf worldwide.
  • In 1998, crossed the $1 million mark in career earnings after finishing tied for sixth at the Los Angeles Women’s Championship, her best finish of the season.
  • In 1996, tied for 10th at the Friendly’s Classic for her best finish of the season.
  • In 1995, top finish was a tie for 11th at the LPGA Corning Classic.
  • In 1994, totaled five top-20 finishes, including a tie for seventh at the Children’s Medical Center LPGA Classic.
  • In 1993, posted a career-low season scoring average of 72.73 and captured the third title of her career at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
  • In 1992, won the Phar-Mor at Inverrary, her first win since 1978; amazingly, that victory came only seven months following a modified radical mastectomy.
  • In July 1991, diagnosed with breast cancer and returned for the final month of the season; best finish was a tie for 26th at the Desert Inn LPGA International.
  • In 1990, best finish was a tie for 29th at the LPGA Corning Classic.
  • In 1989, best finish was seventh place at the Nippon Travel-MBS Classic.
  • In 1988, tied for 11th at the Sarasota Classic.
  • In 1987, earned more than $85,000 on the strength of four top-10 finishes, including second place at the MasterCard International Pro-Am.
  • In 1986, best finish was a tie for 14th at the GNA/Glendale Federal Classic.
  • In 1985, tied for 11th at the Boston Five Classic.
  • In 1984, best finish was a tie for 24th at the West Virginia LPGA Classic.
  • In 1983, recorded a tie for ninth at the S&H Golf Classic.
  • In 1982, best finish was a tie for sixth at the Corning Classic; fired a career-low 65 during the third round of the Nabisco Dinah Shore Invitational.
  • In 1981, tied for seventh at the LPGA Desert Inn Pro-Am.
  • In 1980, recorded a second-place finish at the ERA Real Estate Classic.
  • In 1979, posted a third-place finish at the Rail Charity Classic.
  • In 1978, recorded her first career victory at the Patty Berg Classic.
  • In 1977, best finish was tie for 12th at the Greater Baltimore Golf Classic.
  • In 1976, recorded a tie for seventh at the Dallas Civitan Classic.
  • In 1975, best finish was third place at the Portland Ladies Classic.
  • In 1974, best finish was a tie for second at the Bill Branch LPGA Classic.
  • In 1973, tied for second at the U.S. Women’s Open, which is her best finish in a major, and the Lady Errol Classic.
  • In 1972, best finish was a tie for third at the Knoxville Ladies Classic; finished second to Jocelyne Bourassa in the Rookie of the Year race.

    Amateur
    Hamlin’s impressive amateur career included a win at the 1971 AIAW National Collegiate Championship while a senior at Stanford University. She was runner-up to Catherine LaCoste at the 1969 U.S. Amateur and was a four-time winner of the California Amateur. In addition, Hamlin represented the United States on both the Curtis Cup and World Cup teams.

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