Wright, Mickey

Wright, Mickey

(Mary Kathryn Wright), 1935–2020, American golfer, b. San Diego. After winning the 1954 World Amateur Championship, she turned professional and joined (1955) the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). Known for her powerful, fluid swing, Wright dominated the women's game in the late 1950s and early 1960s. She won 13 majors, four of them consecutively, with four victories in the U.S. Women's Open (1958–59, 1961, 1964) and LPGA Championship (1958, 1960–61, 1963), three in the Western Open (1962, 1963, 1966), and two in the Titleholders Championship (1961, 1962). Wright retired in 1969, but continued to play occasionally, last winning in 1973; she had 82 LPGA wins in all. She was president of the LPGA in 1963 and 1964. Wright wrote Play Golf the Wright Way (1962).
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