It took Betsy King more than seven seasons to win on the LPGA Tour, but her breakthrough led to one of the most phenomenal careers in women’s golf history. In an 11-year span from the 1984 Women’s Kemper Open through the 1995 ShopRite LPGA Classic, King won 30 times, including five major championships, to become the 14th member of the LPGA Hall of Fame and the first to cross the $5-million barrier in career earnings. She captured her sixth major in 1997, winning the Nabisco Dinah Shore.
King was born in Reading, Pa., and still maintains a home nearby in the town of Limekiln. She has served as host of the LPGA’s Wachovia Betsy King Classic at Berkleigh C.C. in Kutztown, Pa., and has organized the Habitat for Humanity, which has built homes for underprivileged families in Phoenix and Charlotte, N.C. In the off-season, she has traveled to Romania to work with an orphan relief organization and she has been active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ministry since 1980.