There are few woman respected more in the game of golf than Betsy Rawls. Her 55 career victories rank behind only Kathy Whitworth, Mickey Wright and Patty Berg, and she shares the record with Wright for the most U.S. Women’s Opens with four. But as much as what she did on the course, Rawls was admired for her excellence at every level of the game.
The USGA could not have honored a more deserving person than Rawls when it presented her the Bob Jones Award for distinguished service in 1996. “Betsy has always been committed to work and dedicated to the game,” said Wright. “I can think of only two women who have achieved as much, not only as players but for their lifetime contributions, and that’s Betsy and Patty Berg.”