Organization and history

LPGA

A female golfer’s association in the United States is called the Ladies Professional Golf Association. The LPGA Tour, a weekly circuit of golf competitions for top-tier female professional players worldwide, is the organization’s main attraction. It is based at the LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida. Organization and history Although there are other “LPGAs” with…

A female golfer’s association in the United States is called the Ladies Professional Golf Association. The LPGA Tour, a weekly circuit of golf competitions for top-tier female professional players worldwide, is the organization’s main attraction. It is based at the LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Organization and history

Although there are other LPGAs” with similar names and locations in other nations, the American organization is the oldest, biggest, and most esteemed. Women in club and teaching professions can also join the LPGA. This is not the same as the PGA Tour, which oversees the major professional tours in the United States and has operated independently of the PGA of America, the organization that represents clubs and teaching professionals, since 1968.

An annual qualifying school run by the LPGA is comparable to the one held by the PGA Tour. A golfer’s eligibility for the LPGA Tour could be full or partial, depending on how she places in the last qualifying event. The LPGA owns and manages the Epson Tour in addition to the main LPGA Tour. the LPGA’s official developmental tour, the Futures Tour. Players who place highest on that tour at the conclusion of each season are eligible to play on the main LPGA Tour the following year.

In the United States, the LPGA is the oldest professional women’s sports organization still in existence. It took the place of the WPGA (Women’s Professional Golf Association), which had been established in 1944 but had formally ceased operations in December 1949. The WPGA had halted its limited tour following the 1948 season. Hope Seignious, Betty Hicks, and Ellen Griffin founded the WPGA.

In 1950, the Rolling Hills Country Club in Wichita, Kansas, hosted the founding of the LPGA. The following 13 people founded it: Opal Hill, Betty Jameson, Sally Sessions, Marilynn Bauer, Alice Bauer, Patty Berg, Bettye Danoff, Helen Dettweiler, Marlene Hagge, and Helen Hicks.
Babe Zaharias, Louise Suggs, Shirley Spork, and Smith. Its inaugural president was Patty Berg. Although six of the founders had previously received individual inductions, the group was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2023.

The 1950 Tampa Women’s Open, which took place at Tampa, Florida’s Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club, was the first LPGA competition. Paradoxically, Polly Riley, an amateur, emerged victorious, defeating the elite group of professional founders.

The LPGA held its inaugural event outside of the US at the Havana Open in Havana, Cuba, in 1956. Muffin Spencer-Devlin was the first player on the LPGA Tour to come out as gay in 1996.

The Women’s Senior Golf Tour, currently known as the Legends Tour, was founded in 2001 by Jane Blalock’s JBC Marketing for women.
professionals who are over 45. Although it is not owned by the LPGA, this is connected to the LPGA. The LPGA has held a season-ending championship tournament since 2006.

In October 2009, Michael Whan took over as the eighth commissioner of the LPGA, replacing Carolyn Bivens who had been fired. Whan used to work as a marketing executive for athletic goods companies.

In 2010, following a lawsuit brought by golfer Lana Lawless, the regulations were altered to permit competitors who are transgender. When transgender athlete Bobbi Lancaster tried to play on the Cactus Tour in Arizona and earn a spot in the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in 2013, she was met with derision from her community.

2018 saw the LPGA purchase the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA), an amateur golf organization, and broaden its focus to include amateur players in the United States.and the United States. The amateur organization was renamed as the LPGA Amateur Golf Association after being known as the LPGA Women Who Play. Across North America and the Caribbean, member-run chapters of the LPGA Amateur Golf Association are located.

Prize money and tournaments

The LPGA Tour’s official prize money for 2010 was $41.4 million, a drop of more than $6 million from 2009. There were 24 official tournaments in 2010, compared to 34 in 2008 and 28 in 2009. Since all four of the eliminated tournaments were held in the US, the number of tournaments held outside of the US in 2010 remained unchanged despite the decrease in the overall number of tournaments. There were 33 tournaments in 2016 with record-breaking total prize money of over $63 million. With a total prize money of $70.5 million in 2019, a record was set (a rise of over $5 million in one year).

International presence

American players dominated the LPGA Tour for the first forty years. In 1968, Sandra Post of Canada became the first player residing outside of the US to be awarded a card on the LPGA tour. There are currently a lot of non-Americans present. Non-Americans won 31 of 40 major championships between 2000 and 2009; the last time an American player topped the money list was Stacy Lewis in 2014; the last time an American led the tour in tournament wins was Danielle Kang in 2020.

In particular, the rise and dominance of Korean golfers in the LPGA in the early 21st century is a noteworthy trend. The surge of Korean women golfers on the LPGA was spurred by Se Ri Pak’s early success.
Visit. The tour in 2009 featured 122 non-Americans from 27 different countries: 47 from South Korea, 14 from Sweden, 10 from Australia, 8 from the UK (three from Scotland, one from Wales, and four from England), 7 from Canada, 5 from Taiwan, and 4 from Japan.

LPGA Tour tournaments

Since the LPGA Tour is a US-based circuit, the majority of its events take place there. The LPGA held its inaugural event outside of the US at the Havana Open in Havana, Cuba, in 1956. There will be fourteen tournaments held outside of the US in 2020: four in Europe, two in Australia, one in Canada, and seven in Asia.

LPGA Tour tournaments

Five of the international tournaments are co-sanctioned by other professional circuits. The Women’s British Open, The Evian Championship in France, and the Women’s Australian Open (co-sanctioned with the ALPG Tour) are all co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour. The BMW Ladies Championship (LPGA of Korea Tour) and Toto Japan Classic (LPGA of Japan Tour), the other two co-sanctioned events, take place during the tour’s Asia’s autumn swing.

LPGA majors

The main titles awarded by the LPGA each year are:
Champions Chevron
American Women’s Open
PGA Championship for Women
Britain’s Open for women
The Championship of Evian

LPGA Playoffs

The LPGA has held a season-ending championship tournament since 2006. It was called the LPGA Playoffs at The ADT through the 2008 season; the LPGA Tour Championship in 2009 and 2010; and the CME Group Titleholders, held in November of that year.

The LPGA schedule was split into two halves from 2006 to 2008, and 15 players from each half advanced to the Championship based on their performance. There were two wild card choices added as well, making the final field of 21 players. $1 million is awarded to the winner of the LPGA Tour Championship, which consists of three days of “playoffs” in addition to the championship round.

The Tour Championship field was expanded to 120 players in 2009, and anyone could enter.
Tour players ranked among the top 120 as of three weeks before the tournament’s start on the money list. The winner received $225,000 out of the $1.5 million total purse.

The inaugural CME Group Titleholders took place in 2011, reviving the name of the Titleholders Championship, a former major championship on the LPGA. Three qualifiers from each official tour event during the season—that is, the top three finishers who had not previously qualified—made up the field from 2011 to 2013. A season-long points race will determine the field starting in 2014. $1 million in bonus money will be awarded to the points race winner.

2023 LPGA Tour

Historical tour schedules and results.

YearNumber of
official tournaments
Countries hosting
tournaments
Tournaments in
United States
Tournaments in
other countries
Total prize
money ($)
202332112111102,350,000
202232923993,900,000
202130723769,200,000
202018314441,300,000
20193212201270,200,000
20183313191466,950,000
20173415171767,650,000
20163314181563,000,000
20153114171459,100,000
20143214171557,550,000
20132814141448,900,000
20122712151247,000,000
20112311131041,500,000
20102410141041,400,000
2009289181047,600,000
2008348241060,300,000
200731823854,285,000
200633825850,275,000
200532725745,100,000
200432627542,875,000

Hall of Fame

In 1951, the LPGA founded the Hall of Fame of Women’s Golf, and Patty Berg, Betty Jameson, Louise Suggs, and Babe Zaharias were the four founding members. Following a period of dormancy, the Hall of Fame relocated to its original location in Augusta, Georgia, in 1967 and adopted the name LPGA Tour Hall of Fame. It became a part of the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1998.

LPGA Tour awards

The LPGA Tour gives out a number of prizes every year. In competitive contests, three are given out based on the cumulative score for the entire year.

Points are awarded for top-10 finishes and are doubled at the five major championships held by the LPGA as well as the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. This formula determines who wins Player of the Year. Thirty points is the first place; twelve points is the second place; nine points is the third; seven points is the fourth; six points is the fifth; five points is the sixth; four points is the seventh; three points is the eighth; two points is the ninth; and one point is the tenth place.
The player with the lowest season scoring average receives the Vare Trophy, named for Glenna Collett-Vare.
The Suggs, Louise The LPGA Tour rookie with the highest score in a points competition—where points are given based on a player’s finish in an event—wins the Rookie of the Year Award. First place is worth 150 points, second place is worth 80 points, third place is worth 75 points, fourth place is worth 70 points, and fifth place is worth 65 points. Points are given out in increments of three after fifth place, with 62 points going to sixth place. In the season-ending Tour Championship and major events, points are doubled. Each rookie who qualifies for an event and places lower than 41st gets five points. The honor bears Louise Suggs’ name, who was among the LPGA’s founders.
Nancy Lopez, an American golfer, The only player to win all three awards in a single season was in 1978. Lopez finished that season as the Tour’s highest paid player.

Leading money winners by year

YearPlayerCountryEarnings ($)Most wins
2022Lydia Ko New Zealand4,364,4033 – Lydia KoJennifer Kupcho
2021Ko Jin-young South Korea3,502,1615 – Ko Jin-young
2020Ko Jin-young South Korea1,667,9252 – Danielle KangKim Sei-young
2019Ko Jin-young South Korea2,773,8944 – Ko Jin-young
2018Ariya Jutanugarn Thailand2,743,9493 – Ariya Jutanugarn, Sung Hyun Park
2017Sung Hyun Park South Korea2,335,8833 – Shanshan FengIn-Kyung Kim
2016Ariya Jutanugarn Thailand2,550,9285 – Ariya Jutanugarn
2015Lydia Ko New Zealand2,800,8025 – Lydia KoInbee Park
2014Stacy Lewis United States2,539,0393 – Lydia KoStacy LewisInbee Park
2013Inbee Park South Korea2,456,6196 – Inbee Park
2012Inbee Park South Korea2,287,0804 – Stacy Lewis
2011Yani Tseng Taiwan2,921,7137 – Yani Tseng
2010Na Yeon Choi South Korea1,871,1665 – Ai Miyazato
2009Jiyai Shin South Korea1,807,3343 – Jiyai ShinLorena Ochoa
2008Lorena Ochoa Mexico2,754,6607 – Lorena Ochoa
2007Lorena Ochoa Mexico4,364,9948 – Lorena Ochoa
2006Lorena Ochoa Mexico2,592,8726 – Lorena Ochoa
2005Annika Sörenstam Sweden2,588,24010 – Annika Sörenstam
2004Annika Sörenstam Sweden2,544,7078 – Annika Sörenstam
2003Annika Sörenstam Sweden2,029,5066 – Annika Sörenstam
2002Annika Sörenstam Sweden2,863,90411 – Annika Sörenstam
2001Annika Sörenstam Sweden2,105,8688 – Annika Sörenstam
2000Karrie Webb Australia1,876,8537 – Karrie Webb
1999Karrie Webb Australia1,591,9596 – Karrie Webb
1998Annika Sörenstam Sweden1,092,7484 – Annika Sörenstam, Se Ri Pak
1997Annika Sörenstam Sweden1,236,7896 – Annika Sörenstam
1996Karrie Webb Australia1,002,0004 – Laura DaviesDottie Pepper, Karrie Webb
1995Annika Sörenstam Sweden666,5333 – Annika Sörenstam
1994Laura Davies England687,2014 – Beth Daniel
1993Betsy King United States595,9923 – Brandie Burton
1992Dottie Mochrie United States693,3354 – Dottie Mochrie
1991Pat Bradley United States763,1184 – Pat Bradley, Meg Mallon
1990Beth Daniel United States863,5787 – Beth Daniel
1989Betsy King United States654,1326 – Betsy King
1988Sherri Turner United States350,8513 – 5 players (see 1)
1987Ayako Okamoto Japan466,0345 – Jane Geddes
1986Pat Bradley United States492,0215 – Pat Bradley
1985Nancy Lopez United States416,4725 – Nancy Lopez
1984Betsy King United States266,7714 – Patty SheehanAmy Alcott
1983JoAnne Carner United States291,4044 – Pat Bradley, Patty Sheehan
1982JoAnne Carner United States310,4005 – JoAnne Carner, Beth Daniel
1981Beth Daniel United States206,9985 – Donna Caponi
1980Beth Daniel United States231,0005 – Donna Caponi, JoAnne Carner
1979Nancy Lopez United States197,4898 – Nancy Lopez
1978Nancy Lopez United States189,8149 – Nancy Lopez
1977Judy Rankin United States122,8905 – Judy Rankin, Debbie Austin
1976Judy Rankin United States150,7346 – Judy Rankin
1975Sandra Palmer United States76,3744 – Carol MannSandra Haynie
1974JoAnne Carner United States87,0946 – JoAnne Carner, Sandra Haynie
1973Kathy Whitworth United States82,8647 – Kathy Whitworth
1972Kathy Whitworth United States65,0635 – Kathy Whitworth, Jane Blalock
1971Kathy Whitworth United States41,1815 – Kathy Whitworth
1970Kathy Whitworth United States30,2354 – Shirley Englehorn
1969Carol Mann United States49,1528 – Carol Mann
1968Kathy Whitworth United States48,37910 – Carol Mann, Kathy Whitworth
1967Kathy Whitworth United States32,9378 – Kathy Whitworth
1966Kathy Whitworth United States33,5179 – Kathy Whitworth
1965Kathy Whitworth United States28,6588 – Kathy Whitworth
1964Mickey Wright United States29,80011 – Mickey Wright
1963Mickey Wright United States31,26913 – Mickey Wright
1962Mickey Wright United States21,64110 – Mickey Wright
1961Mickey Wright United States22,23610 – Mickey Wright
1960Louise Suggs United States16,8926 – Mickey Wright
1959Betsy Rawls United States26,77410 – Betsy Rawls
1958Beverly Hanson United States12,6395 – Mickey Wright
1957Patty Berg United States16,2725 – Betsy Rawls, Patty Berg
1956Marlene Hagge United States20,2358 – Marlene Hagge
1955Patty Berg United States16,4926 – Patty Berg
1954Patty Berg United States16,0115 – Louise SuggsBabe Zaharias
1953Louise Suggs United States19,8168 – Louise Suggs
1952Betsy Rawls United States14,5058 – Betsy Rawls
1951Babe Zaharias United States15,0879 – Babe Zaharias
1950Babe Zaharias United States14,8008 – Babe Zaharias

Leading career money winners

RankPlayerCountryPlayedEarnings ($)Career
events
1Annika Sörenstam Sweden1994–202322,583,693307
2Karrie Webb Australia1996–present20,293,617494
3Cristie Kerr United States1997–present20,179,848597
4Inbee Park South Korea2007–present18,262,344305
5Lydia Ko New Zealand2014–present16,919,487223
6Lorena Ochoa Mexico2003–201014,863,331175
7Suzann Pettersen Norway2003–201914,837,578316
8Stacy Lewis United States2009–present14,493,255340
9Juli Inkster United States1983–202214,018,391714
10Lexi Thompson United States2012–present13,850,955239

Total prize money awarded in past years

SeasonTotal
purse ($)
202041,300,000
(73,500,000)
201041,400,000
200038,500,000
199017,100,000
19805,150,000
1970435,040
1960186,700
195050,000

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