Palmer lives on the 14th hole of the Palmer Course at Mission Hills, She’s been playing out of the club since the 1970s when she represented Landmark.
“I’m like a fixture I guess,” she said. “I love this place.”
Palmer is credited with two major titles but she did win the Dinah, now the Chevron Championship, in 1975 before it became a major. Back then it was called the Colgate Dinah Shore Winner’s Circle. She recalled her caddie’s hand shaking badly as he handed her back the golf ball while leading at Mission Hills. Winning the Dinah meant a big paycheck for him, too.
“I’m still a little bit upset that it isn’t a major,” she said, speaking of the 11 years the championship was held before the LPGA deemed it a major.
Mickey Wright, Kathy Whitworth, Nancy Lopez, Judy Rankin, Jane Blalock, Sally Little, Donna Caponi, Jo Ann Prentice and Sandra Post (twice!) all join Palmer in winning at Mission Hills pre-major designation.
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