Patty Sheehan

Patty Sheehan

Patty Sheehan
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Patty Sheehan
Born (1956-10-27) October 27, 1956
Middlebury, Vermont
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Reno, Nevada
Career
College University of Nevada
San Jose State University
Turned professional 1980
Current tour(s) Legends Tour
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour (1980-2006)
Professional wins 42
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 35
Ladies European Tour 1
LPGA of Japan Tour 1
Other 5
Best results in LPGA major championships
(Wins: 6)
ANA Inspiration Won: 1996
Women's PGA C'ship Won: 1983, 1984, 1993
U.S. Women's Open Won: 1992, 1994
du Maurier Classic 2nd: 1990
Women's British Open DNP
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 1993 (member page)
LPGA Rookie of the Year 1981
LPGA Tour
Player of the Year
1983
LPGA Vare Trophy 1984
GWAA Female
Player of the Year
1984, 1993
LPGA Patty Berg Award 2002
Sports Illustrated
Sportsman of the Year
1987

Patty Sheehan (born October 27, 1956) is an American professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1980 and won six major championships and 35 LPGA Tour events in all. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Sheehan also hosts the Patty Sheehan & Friends, which is a tournament on the Legends Tour. Patty Sheehan & Friends helps aid women and children's charities all across Northern Nevada.

Contents

  • Amateur career 1
  • Professional career 2
  • Professional wins 3
    • LPGA Tour wins (35) 3.1
    • Other wins 3.2
    • Legends Tour wins (3) 3.3
  • Major championships 4
    • Wins (6) 4.1
  • Team appearances 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Amateur career

Sheehan was born in Middlebury, Vermont.[1] She was rated one of the top junior snow skiers in the country as a 13-year-old. She attended Earl Wooster High School in Reno, Nevada. She won three straight Nevada high school championships (1972–74), three straight Nevada State Amateurs (1975–78) and two straight California Women's Amateurs (1977–78). She was the runner-up at the 1979 U.S. Women's Amateur, then was the 1980 AIAW (predecessor of the NCAA) national collegiate champion. She went 4-0 as a member of the 1980 U.S. Curtis Cup team. She won the Broderick Award in 1980. She attended University of Nevada and San Jose State University. She is a member of both the Collegiate Golf Hall of Fame and the National High School Hall of Fame.

Professional career

Sheehan turned professional and joined the LPGA Tour in 1980. She won LPGA Rookie of the Year honors in 1981 with her first professional victory coming at the Mazda Japan Classic. She was strong throughout the 1980s, winning four times in both 1983 and 1984, and winning the LPGA Championship in both seasons. She won LPGA Tour Player of the Year in 1983 and was one of several athletes named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 1987. Sheehan suffered a loss personally in 1989, when her home and possessions were destroyed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. She also suffered a professional loss in 1990, when after holding an 11-shot lead during the third round of the U.S. Women's Open, she lost the tournament to Betsy King.

Sheehan started off the 1990s with five wins in 1990. She won the U.S. Women's Open in 1992 and 1994, the Mazda LPGA Championship in 1995, and the Nabisco Dinah Shore (now known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship) in 1996. That would be her final LPGA victory. She qualified for the LPGA Hall of Fame by winning her 30th tournament in 1993.[2] She finished in the Top 10 on the LPGA money list every year from 1982-93. While she never led, she did finish second five times in that span. When she won the U.S. Women's Open and the Women's British Open in 1992, she became the first golfer to win both in the same year.

Sheehan played on the U.S. Solheim Cup team five times (1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2002) and captained the team in 2002 and 2003.

Sheehan became one of the first LPGA players to publicly announce that she was a lesbian.[3] Sheehan and her partner Rebecca Gaston have two adopted children.

Professional wins

LPGA Tour wins (35)

Legend
LPGA Tour major championships (6)
Other LPGA Tour (29)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Nov 8, 1981 Mazda Japan Classic −9 (73-69-71=213) 4 strokes Beth Daniel
2 Apr 25, 1982 Orlando Lady Classic −7 (70-69-70=209) Playoff Kathy Postlewait
3 Sep 26, 1982 Safeco Classic −12 (68-69-69-70=276) 1 stroke JoAnne Carner
4 Oct 3, 1982 Inamori Classic −12 (68-70-69-69=276) 4 strokes Joyce Kazmierski
5 May 29, 1983 Corning Classic −16 (70-70-69-63=272) 8 strokes Cindy Hill
6 Jun 12, 1983 LPGA Championship −9 (68-71-74-66=279)) 2 strokes Sandra Haynie
7 Aug 14, 1983 Henredon Classic −16 (65-70-71-66=272) 4 strokes JoAnne Carner
8 Sep 26, 1983 Inamori Classic −7 (68-70-71=209) 2 strokes Juli Inkster
9 Feb 5, 1984 Elizabeth Arden Classic −8 (71-68-69-72=280) 2 strokes Sherri Turner
10 Jun 3, 1984 LPGA Championship −16 (71-70-63-68=272) 10 strokes Pat Bradley
Beth Daniel
11 Jun 10, 1984 McDonald's Kids Classic −7 (65-72-74-70=281) 2 strokes Amy Alcott
12 Aug 12, 1984 Henredon Classic −11 (67-70-72-68=277) 1 stroke JoAnne Carner
Dot Germain
13 Feb 10, 1985 Sarasota Classic −10 (69-71-72-66=278) 1 stroke Nancy Lopez
14 Apr 21, 1985 J&B Scotch Pro-Am −13 (67-65-71-72=275) 2 strokes Alice Miller
15 Feb 9, 1986 Sarasota Classic −9 (68-69-71-71=279) 3 strokes Pat Bradley
Juli Inkster
16 Feb 26, 1986 Kyocera Inamori Classic −10 (69-71-68-70=278) 1 stroke Pat Bradley
17 Apr 23, 1986 Konica San Jose Classic −4 (71-70-71=212) Playoff Amy Alcott
Betsy King
Ayako Okamoto
18 Feb 14, 1988 Sarasota Classic −6 (71-72-72-67=282) 3 strokes JoAnne Carner
19 Nov 2, 1988 Mazda Japan Classic −10 (72-67-67=206) Playoff Liselotte Neumann
20 Jun 4, 1989 Rochester International −10 (68-73-66-71=278) Playoff Ayako Okamoto
21 Jan 21, 1990 The Jamaica Classic −1 (69-68-75=212) 3 strokes Pat Bradley
Lynn Connelly
Jane Geddes
22 Jun 10, 1990 McDonald's Championship −9 (70-67-68-70=275) 1 stroke Pat Bradley
Elaine Crosby
23 Jun 24, 1990 Rochester International −17 (72-64-68-67=271) 4 strokes Amy Alcott
24 Sep 9, 1990 Ping-Cellular One Golf Championship −8 (70-71-67=208) 1 stroke Danielle Ammaccapane
25 Sep 16, 1990 Safeco Classic −18 (69-65-66-70=270) 9 strokes Deb Richard
26 Feb 23, 1991 Orix Hawaiian Ladies Open −9 (68-69-70=207) 3 strokes Pat Bradley
27 Jun 28, 1992 Rochester International −19 (70-65-63-71=269) 9 strokes Nancy Lopez
28 Jul 5, 1992 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic −4 (70-73-66=209) 1 stroke Brandie Burton
Heather Drew
Tammie Green
Deb Richard
29 Jul 26, 1992 U.S. Women's Open −4 (69-72-70-69=280) Playoff Juli Inkster
30 Mar 21, 1993 Standard Register PING −17 (70-70-65-70=275) 5 strokes Dawn Coe-Jones
Kris Tschetter
31 Jun 13, 1993 Mazda LPGA Championship −9 (70-72-69-68=279) 1 stroke Lauri Merten
32 Jul 21, 1994 U.S. Women's Open −7 (66-71-69-71=277) 1 stroke Tammie Green
33 Jun 18, 1995 Rochester International −10 (73-66-69-70=278) 4 strokes Sherri Steinhauer
34 Sep 17, 1995 Safeco Classic −14 (68-65-70-71=274) 2 strokes Emilee Klein
35 Mar 31, 1996 Nabisco Dinah Shore −7 (71-72-67-71=281) 1 stroke Meg Mallon
Kelly Robbins
Annika Sörenstam
LPGA Tour playoff record (5–7)
No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1981 Florida Lady Citrus Donna Caponi
Beth Daniel
Cindy Hill
Patti Rizzo
Daniel won with birdie on second extra hole
Hill, Rizzo, and Sheehan eliminated with par on first hole
2 1982 Orlando Lady Classic Kathy Postlewait Won with par on fourth extra hole
3 1982 Corning Classic Sandra Spuzich Lost to par on first extra hole
4 1985 Samaritan Turquoise Classic Betsy King Lost to eagle on first extra hole
6 1985 Nestle World Championship of Women's Golf Amy Alcott Lost to birdie on second extra hole
6 1986 Konica San Jose Classic Amy Alcott
Betsy King
Ayako Okamoto
Sheehan won with birdie on first extra hole
7 1987 Nabisco Dinah Shore Betsy King Lost to par on second extra hole
8 1988 Rochester International Mei-Chi Cheng
Nancy Lopez
Cheng won with birdie on second extra hole
Sheehan eliminated with par on first hole
9 1988 Mazda Japan Classic Liselotte Neumann Won with birdie on first extra hole
10 1989 Rochester International Ayako Okamoto Won with birdie on first extra hole
11 1990 The Phar-Mor in Youngstown Beth Daniel Lost to birdie on first extra hole
12 1992 U.S. Women's Open Juli Inkster Won 18-hole playoff (Sheehan:72, Inkster:74)

LPGA majors are shown in bold.

Other wins

Note: Sheehan won the Women's British Open before it became a major championship.

Legends Tour wins (3)

Major championships

Wins (6)

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1983 LPGA Championship −9 (68-71-74-66=279) 2 strokes Sandra Haynie
1984 LPGA Championship −16 (71-70-63-68=272) 10 strokes Pat Bradley, Beth Daniel
1992 U.S. Women's Open −4 (69-72-70-69=280) Playoff1 Juli Inkster
1993 Mazda LPGA Championship −9 (70-72-69-68=279) 1 stroke Lauri Merten
1994 U.S. Women's Open −7 (66-71-69-71=277) 1 stroke Tammie Green
1996 Nabisco Dinah Shore −7 (71-72-67-71=281) 1 stroke Meg Mallon, Kelly Robbins, Annika Sörenstam

1In an 18-hole playoff, Sheehan 72, Inkster 74.

Team appearances

Amateur

  • Curtis Cup (representing the United States): 1980 (winners)

Professional

  • Solheim Cup (representing the United States): 1990 (winners), 1992, 1994 (winners), 1996 (winners)
  • Handa Cup (representing the United States): 2006 (winners), 2007 (winners), 2008 (winners), 2009 (winners), 2010 (winners), 2011 (winners), 2012 (tie, Cup retained)

See also

References

  1. ^ "Middlebury, Vermont". City-Data.com. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sheehan finds fame in Phoenix". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. March 22, 1993. p. 4B. 
  3. ^ "Sheehan Comes Out in Golf World".  

External links

  • Patty Sheehan at the LPGA Tour official site
  • Patty Sheehan at the Legends Tour official site
  • Patty Sheehan bio at about.com
Awards
Preceded by
Lynette Woodard
Flo Hyman Memorial Award
1994
Succeeded by
Mary Lou Retton