Alcott, Amy

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ALCOTT, AMY (1956– ), professional golfer, member of the lpga and World Golf Hall of Fame. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Alcott grew up in Los Angeles, where she began playing golf as an eight year old putting toward sprinkler heads. She won the United States Golf Association juniors championship in 1973, two years before joining the Ladies Professional Golf Association (lpga) shortly after her 19th birthday. Alcott proceeded to win the third professional tournament she entered, the 1975 Orange Blossom Classic, which set a record for the fastest career win, and was subsequently named the tour's rookie of the year. She went on to win 29 professional tournaments, including five majors: the Peter Jackson Classic in 1979, the U.S. Women's Open in 1980, and the Nabisco Dinah Shore in 1983, 1988, and 1991. Alcott set a one-round tournament record of 65 when she won the 1984 Lady Key-stone Open and tied the tour record of winning at least one tournament in 12 straight years. She shot her fifth career hole-in-one in 2001. Alcott was named Golf Magazine's Player of the Year in 1980 and was awarded the lpga's Founders Cup in 1986, designed to recognize altruistic contributions to the betterment of society by a member. She wrote Guide to Women's Golf (1991) and produced the instruction video Winning at Golf with Amy Alcott (1991).

[Elli Wohlgelernter (2nd ed.)]