May 18, 2023

Kathy Cornelius - Part 1 (The Early Years)

Kathy Cornelius - Part 1 (The Early Years)

Winner of the 1956 Women's U.S. Open, Kathy Cornelius takes us back to her childhood days where she had her first golf lesson at age 13. She recalls traveling by auto, with her mother, from FL to NY to compete in the 1950 U.S. Girls Junior Championship won by Marlene Bauer Hagge. Thirty-one years later it was her daughter Kay who would prevail in this event making them the only mother-daughter pair to win USGA championships. Listen in as she reflects on her friendship with Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Kathy Cornelius begins her life story, "FORE the Good of the Game."

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"FORE the Good of the Game” is a golf podcast featuring interviews with World Golf Hall of Fame members, winners of major championships and other people of influence in and around the game of golf. Highlighting the positive aspects of the game, we aim to create and provide an engaging and timeless repository of content that listeners can enjoy now and forever. Co-hosted by PGA Tour star Bruce Devlin, our podcast focuses on telling their life stories, in their voices. Join Bruce and Mike Gonzalez “FORE the Good of the Game.”

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Cornelius, Kathy

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Although Kathy turned pro in 1953 just after her marriage, she did not join the Tour until three years later. She won two events in her first full year, 1956, including the U.S. Open, and added five more titles later. Her best season was 1973 as she won more than $40,000 and finished eighth on the final money list. She won over $14,000 in 1980, her best since 1977, with her best finish a share of eighth in the first event of the year, the Whirlpool Championship of Deer Creek.
Kathy won the Southern Amateur championship in 1952 and was medalist in the Florida Intercollegiate in 1953. She was also runner-up in that event in both 1951 and 1953.