Babe Zaharias career achievements and major championship wins

August 5, 2009

At the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, Babe Zaharias won gold medals in the hurdles and javelin, and she also joined Grantland Rice for a round of golf at Brentwood Country Club. It was Babe’s introduction to the game, and she shot a 91. Within six years she was terrorizing the amateur circuit, winning both the U.S. and British Amateurs, before finally turning pro in 1947, helping found the LPGA, and winning 31 events, including three U.S. Opens.

Babe Zaharias in the SI Vault

Babe Zaharias on

Babe Zaharias World Golf Hall of Fame Profile

Babe: A 3-Part Series

In 1975, Sports Illustrated ran a three-part series about Babe Zaharias.

Part 1: She was all there was to cheer about in 1932

Part 2: After Olympics, she was out of the spotlight

Part 3: She made women’s golf, and it made her

Babe Zaharias’s Major Championships

1948 U.S. Women’s Open: Zaharias wins her first U.S. Open

1950 U.S. Women’s Open: Zaharias wins second Women’s Open

1954 U.S. Women’s Open: Zaharias wins her third U.S. Open

• 1947 Titleholders Championship

• 1950 Titleholders Championship

• 1952 Titleholders Championship

• 1940 Western Open

• 1944 Western Open

• 1945 Western Open

• 1950 Western Open