Mary Kathryn 'Mickey' Wright (1935 - )
Born California, USA, Wright is remembered as one of the greatest women golfers.
Wright was introduced to golf by her father when she was 12 She had a very successful amateur career, which included winning the US Girls Amateur in 1952. She studied psychology at Stanford University but then decided to turn professional in 1954.
Although Wright made an immediate impact and the LPGA Tour, her real success came in 1958. She won both the US Women's Open and the LPGA Championship. In fact 1958 to 1964 were her golden years when she won 8 ladies' Majors. She topped the money list between 1961 and 1964. In 1963, she had 13 victories from 32 starts, which is still an unbroken record.
Wright effectively retired in 1969 due to foot and wrist injuries. She recorded 82 LPGA victories during her career and played her last tournament in 1980. She has played a few tournaments on the Seniors Tour including the 1995 Sprint Seniors Challenge.
Wright was certainly a special talent. If there were a Triumvirate for women then she would certainly be a member. Her career demonstrates that the ladies' game can be just as exciting and dynamic as the men's and sets an example to all lady golfers.