Patty Berg

Pioneer Champion of Women’s Golf


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About the Book

The Ladies Professional Golfers Association (LPGA) was formed in 1950, 34 years after the men’s association. There were 13 founding members, one of whom was Patty Berg (1918–2006). After a glittering amateur career with 28 championships, Berg turned professional in 1940. Before the formation of the LPGA she made a living playing in an occasional tournament and conducting thousands of exhibitions and teaching clinics in the U.S.
Berg had one of the most successful careers in women’s golf. She won 57 tour titles and her 15 major pro championships remain a record. This first biography of Berg traces her career from “teenage sensation” to beloved and respected elder stateswoman of the game, chronicling her role among the founding members who created the multi-million dollar LPGA.

About the Author(s)

Kevin Kenny is a retired university lecturer who lives in Dublin, Ireland.

Bibliographic Details

Kevin Kenny
Foreword by Kathy Whitworth
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 205
Bibliographic Info: 16 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7678-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3718-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Foreword by Kathy Whitworth 1
Preface 2
Introduction 4
1. Amateur Days 11
2. Turning Pro 55
3. The Tour—Early Days 83
4. The Tour—Under New Management 116
5. The LPGA Tour Without Babe 137
6. The Queen of Clinics 153
Conclusion 170
Appendix: Notable Career Achievements 181
Chapter Notes 185
Bibliography 192
Index 195

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “This book provides a detailed look at Patty Berg’s golf life.”—Sport in American History.