One of integral pillars of women’s golf celebrates her 66th birthday today. Nancy Lopez is widely regarded as a living legend, not just to the women’s game, but golf as a whole.
After leaving the University of Tulsa as a sophomore in 1977, Lopez immediately lit it up on the LPGA, as she took home five wins in her first full season (1978). In total, she racked up 51 professional wins, including three majors, in 25 full-time seasons on the LPGA.
On one of women’s golf’s biggest stages, the Solheim Cup, Lopez helped the U.S. win the Cup four times.
Clearly a winner, Lopez is arguably more well known for her infectious personality and passion for the game of golf. Her smile, laugh and love beam through even the cloudiest of days.
Without Nancy Lopez, there’s no telling what women’s golf would look like today. By just being herself, Lopez elevated the tour to new heights and continues to do so today through her countless philanthropic ventures and continuous ambassadorship.
So on her 66th birthday, we raise a glass to one of the best to ever grace our game. Happy birthday, Nancy!