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LPGA Great Carol Mann Passes Away At 77

Carol Mann won 38 times on the LPGA Tour. (Photo: LPGA)

Carol Mann, the 1965 U.S. Women’s Open champion and president of the LPGA from 1973 to 1976, died Sunday at age 77.

Mann composed a superb professional career after attending UNC-Greensboro. The Buffalo, N.Y., native won the first of 38 LPGA Tour events at the 1964 Western Open, which then was considered a major championship. She won her second major a year later at the U.S. Women’s Open when she edged Kathy Cornelius by two strokes at Atlantic City Country Club in New Jersey.

A tall and powerful player at 6 feet, 3 inches, Mann proved even larger off the course. She took over the LPGA presidency right after the enactment of Title IX, which aimed at giving female athletes the same opportunities as their male counterparts.

Mann was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1977 and is credited with improving the Hall of Fame by working with inductees to acquire items from their career and help the experience for spectators.

In 2008, she was awarded the “First Lady of Golf” award by the PGA of America.


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