May 18, 2023

Kathy Cornelius - Part 3 (The Later Years)

Kathy Cornelius - Part 3 (The Later Years)

Major champion Kathy Cornelius relives her later LPGA Tour victories including her last, the 1973 Sealy-Faberge Classic at the Desert Inn where she won in a playoff with Judy Rankin and took home the first prize of $25,000 and a new automobile, the richest prize ever on tour to that point. Kathy talks about life on the road with two kids traveling from town to town with many of her tour friends.  She remembers her decision to retire from competition and looks back on her life post-golf. Kathy Cornelius wraps up her life story, "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.