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The LPGA is the Ladies Professional Golf Association. It was founded in 1950 with only 13 women. It is now the oldest ongoing women's professional sports organization in the United States. It is the leading women's golf tour in the world and features the leading international women golfers.

The annual Major tournaments are:

Besides the main LPGA tour, the LPGA operates a second-level developmental tour, the Futures Tour. Top finishers at the end of each season on that tour receive playing privileges on the main LPGA Tour for the following year.

The LPGA also administers an annual Qualifying School similar to that conducted by the PGA Tour. Depending on a golfer's finish in the Qualifying School tournament, she may receive playing privileges on the LPGA Tour, the Futures Tour, or neither tour.

In 2001 the LPGA established the Women's Senior Golf Tour for women aged 45 and above.

On June 7, 2005, LPGA commissioner Ty Votaw, who is leaving his post at the end of the season, announced that the LPGA will have a playoff system beginning in 2006. The playoff system will be a points system in which the top 30 points scorers and two wild cards will compete for a $1 million first-place prize at the ADT Championship in November in Florida. Major winners will automatically qualify, as well as winners of other selected events. Votaw has said there are still details to work out, but that two cuts will be sued in the tournament. [1] (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sports/2002320957_golf08.html?syndication=rss)


Leading money winners

YearPlayerCountryEarnings ($)Most wins
2004Annika SörenstamSweden2,544,7078 - Annika Sörenstam
2003Annika SörenstamSweden2,029,506 6 - Annika Sörenstam
2002Annika SörenstamSweden2,863,904 11 - Annika Sörenstam
2001Annika SörenstamSweden2,105,868 8 - Annika Sörenstam
2000Karrie WebbAustralia1,876,853 7 - Karrie Webb
1999Karrie WebbAustralia1,591,959 6 - Karrie Webb
1998Annika SörenstamSweden1,092,748 4 - Annika Sörenstam, Se Ri Pak
1997Annika SörenstamSweden1,236,789 6 - Annika Sörenstam
1996Karrie WebbAustralia1,002,0004 - Laura Davies, Dottie Pepper, Karrie Webb
1995Annika SörenstamSweden666,5333 - Annika Sörenstam
1994Laura DaviesEngland687,2014 - Beth Daniel
1993Betsy KingUnited States595,9923 - Brandie Burton
1992Dottie MochrieUnited States693,3354 - Dottie Mochrie
1991Pat BradleyUnited States763,1184 - Pat Bradley, Meg Mallon
1990Beth DanielUnited States863,5787 - Beth Daniel
1989Betsy KingUnited States654,1326 - Betsy King
1988Sherri TurnerUnited States350,8513 - 5 players (see 1)
1987Ayako OkamotoJapan466,0345 - Jane Geddes
1986Pat BradleyUnited States492,0215 - Pat Bradley
1985Nancy LopezUnited States416,4725 - Nancy Lopez
1984Betsy KingUnited States266,7714 - Patty Sheehan, Amy Alcott
1983JoAnne CarnerUnited States291,4044 - Pat Bradley, Patty Sheehan
1982JoAnne CarnerUnited States310,4005 - JoAnne Carner, Beth Daniel,
1981Beth DanielUnited States206,9985 - Donna Caponi
1980Beth DanielUnited States231,0005 - Donna Caponi, JoAnne Carner
1979Nancy LopezUnited States197,4898 - Nancy Lopez
1978Nancy LopezUnited States189,8149 - Nancy Lopez
1977Judy RankinUnited States122,8905 - Judy Rankin, Debbie Austin
1976Judy RankinUnited States150,7346 - Judy Rankin
1975Sandra PalmerUnited States76,3744 - Carol Mann, Sandra Haynie
1974JoAnne CarnerUnited States87,0946 - JoAnne Carner, Sandra Haynie
1973Kathy WhitworthUnited States82,8647 - Kathy Whitworth
1972Kathy WhitworthUnited States65,0635 - Kathy Whitworth, Jane Blalock
1971Kathy WhitworthUnited States41,1815 - Kathy Whitworth
1970Kathy WhitworthUnited States30,2354 - Shirley Englehorn
1969Carol MannUnited States49,1528 - Carol Mann
1968Kathy WhitworthUnited States48,37910 - Carol Mann, Kathy Whitworth
1967Kathy WhitworthUnited States32,9378 - Kathy Whitworth
1966Kathy WhitworthUnited States33,5179 - Kathy Whitworth
1965Kathy WhitworthUnited States28,6588 - Kathy Whitworth
1964Mickey WrightUnited States29,80011 - Mickey Wright
1963Mickey WrightUnited States31,26913 - Mickey Wright
1962Mickey WrightUnited States21,64110 - Mickey Wright
1961Mickey WrightUnited States22,23610 - Mickey Wright
1960Louise SuggsUnited States16,8926 - Mickey Wright
1959Betsy RawlsUnited States26,77410 - Betsy Rawls
1958Beverly HansonUnited States12,6395 - Mickey Wright
1957Patty BergUnited States16,2725 - Betsy Rawls, Patty Berg
1956Marlene HaggeUnited States20,2358 - Marlene Hagge
1955Patty BergUnited States16,4926 - Patty Berg
1954Patty BergUnited States16,0115 - Louise Suggs, Babe Zaharias
1953Louise SuggsUnited States19,8168 - Louise Suggs
1952Betsy RawlsUnited States14,5056 - Betsy Rawls, Louise Suggs
1951Babe ZahariasUnited States15,0877 - Babe Zaharias
1950Babe ZahariasUnited States14,8006 - Babe Zaharias

1 The five players with who won three titles in 1988 were: Juli Inkster, Rosie Jones, Betsy King, Nancy Lopez, and Ayako Okamoto.

Total prize money

  • 2004 $42,875,000
  • 2000 $38,500,000
  • 1990 $17,100,000
  • 1980 $5,150,000
  • 1970 $435,040
  • 1960 $186,700
  • 1950 $50,000

There is a complete list here (http://www.lpga.com/content/05CareerWins.pdf)

See also

External link

no:Ladies Professional Golf Association


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