Zaharias, Babe

Hometown:

USA

Port Arthur,
Texas

Year Inducted:

1951

Induction Category:

Pinehurst

Birth Date:

Jun 26, 1911 -
Sep 27, 1956

Babe Zaharias

Professional Majors: 10

  • Western Open: 1940, 1944, 1945, 1950
  • Titleholders Championship: 1947, 1950, 1952
  • U.S. Women’s Open: 1948, 1950, 1954

LPGA Tour Wins: 31

  • 1947: Tampa Open
  • 1948: All American Open, World Championship
  • 1949: World Championship, Eastern Open
  • 1950: Pebble Beach Weathervane, Cleveland Weathervane, All-American Open, World Championship, 144-hole Weathervane
  • 1951: Ponte Vedra Beach Womens Open, Tampa Womens Open, Lakewood Weathervane, Richmond Womens Open, Valley Open, Meridian Hills Weathervane, All-American Open, World Championship, Texas Womens Open
  • 1952: Miami Weathervane, Bakersfield Open (tied with Marlene Hagge, Betty Jameson and Betsy Rawls), Fresno Open, Womens Texas Open
  • 1953: Sarasota Open, Babe Zaharias Open
  • 1954: Serbin Open, Sarasota Open, Damon Runyan Cancer Fund Tournament, All-American Open
  • 1955: Tampa Open, Peach Blossom Classic

Awards & Honors:

Golf

  • Vare Trophy: 1954
  • LPGA leading money winner: 1950, 1951
  • William D. Richardson Award (Golf Writers Association of America): 1954
  • Ben Hogan Award (Golf Writers Association of America): 1954
  • Bob Jones Award (USGA): 1957
  • Golfer of the Decade by GOLF Magazine for 1948-57: 1988
  • LPGA’s top-50 players and teachers: 2000

All Sports

  • Gold medal in 1932 Olympics in 80-Meter Hurdles (set new world record)
  • Gold medal in 1932 Olympics in Javelin (set new world record)
  • Silver medal in 1932 Olympics in High Jump (later credited with first-place tie)
  • Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year: 1931, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1954
  • Associated Press Woman Athlete of the First Half of the 20th Century
  • Associated Press Top Woman Athlete of the Century: 1999
  • Sports Illustrated’s Individual Female Athlete of the Century: 1999
  • No. 10 on 50 greatest North American athletes of the past 100 years for ESPN’s SportsCentury (the only female athlete in the top 10)