November 23, 2015

Tom Lehman could certainly make a case for North Star State glory. The Austin native and University of Minnesota grad is the only golfer to be named Player of the Year on the PGA Tour, Champions Tour and Web.com Tour; he also won the 1996 British Open. But Patty Berg’s accomplishments cannot be diminished. She won 60 LPGA Tour events between 1937 and ’62, ranking fourth all-time, and she continues to hold the career majors mark in women’s golf, with 15 victories in tournaments designated as majors at the time. Born in Minneapolis, Patricia Jane Berg attended the University of Minnesota, won the Minneapolis City Championship in 1934 (three years after she took up the game), won the Titleholders (then a women’s major) as an amateur in 1937 and the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1938. Eight years later she won the U.S. Women’s Open. Three times she claimed the LPGA money title and three times she was named Associated Press Woman Athlete of the Year. She also was great for the game — the popular Berg remained one of golf’s greatest ambassadors long after her retirement.