Ex-Amateur champion, LPGA player Hicks dies

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Betty Hicks, a former U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and LPGA player, died Sunday, according to the LPGA. She was 90.

Hicks won the 1941 U.S. Women’s Amateur championship at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., and was named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year. She turned pro later that year and went on to compete under her married name, Betty Hicks Newell.

Hicks, a native of Long Beach, Calif., competed on the LPGA Tour but never won. She finished second in the U.S. Women’s Open in 1948 and ’54 and was third in 1957.

Hicks was a founder member of the LPGA Teaching & Professional wing in 1959 and was inducted into the group’s Hall of Fame in 2000.

Hicks also authored several golf books and was a pilot.

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