Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The LPGA is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of former LPGA Tour member, Shelley Hamlin, who died on October 15 at the age of 69 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. 
Hamlin’s decorated golf career started at an early age with appearances on the 1966 and 1968 winning USA teams at the Espirito Santo Trophy and the victorious 1968 and 1970 Curtis Cup teams. Hamlin was runner-up to Catherine Lacoste in the 1969 U.S. Women’s Amateur. She was also the California Women’s Amateur champion from 1967-1970 and the 1971 AIAW national collegiate individual champion for Stanford University. 
Hamlin (pictured) turned professional in 1972 and went on to win three times on the LPGA Tour at the 1978 Patty Berg Classic, 1992 Phar-Mor at Inverrary and the 1993 ShopRite LPGA Classic. Her victory in 1992 came only seven months following a modified radical mastectomy.
Hamlin was the 1992 William and Mousie Powell award winner for behaviour and deeds that best exemplify the spirit, ideals and values of the LPGA. She also earned the 1995 Heather Farr Award for her hard work, dedication and love of the game of golf, with demonstrated determination, perseverance and spirit in fulfilling her goals as a player.
 She was also the 1992 Bounce Back Player of the Year and the 2000 Dr. DeDe Owens Spirit of Golf award winner, which recognizes someone who has overcome adversity and gone on to contribute to the growth and development of golf worldwide.
Hamlin was a member of the Legends Tour, for women aged 45 and older, where she won the 2002 Fidelity Investments Classic. On October 11, 2018, she was enshrined into the Legends Hall of Fame.

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