Beth Daniel Career Profile

Beth Daniel during the 2004 US Women's Open
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Beth Daniel's LPGA career spanned four decades. She won 33 times over that span, from the late 1970s into the early 1990s, overcoming two major slumps along the way.

Career Profile

Date of birth: October 14, 1956
Place of birth: Charleston, South Carolina
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Tour Victories: 33

Major Championships:

Professional: 1

  • LPGA Championship: 1990

Amateur: 2

  • U.S. Women's Amateur: 1975, 1977

Awards and Honors:

  • Member, World Golf Hall of Fame
  • Vare Trophy winner (LPGA low scoring average) 1989, 1990, 1994
  • LPGA Player of the Year 1980, 1990, 1994
  • Member, U.S. Curtis Cup team, 1976, 78
  • LPGA Rookie of the Year, 1979
  • U.S. Solheim Cup team, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005

Quote, Unquote:

  • Beth Daniel: "Golf is such a streaky, mental game. You take it when you get it."
  • Beth Daniel: "I don't mind hitting balls and working on my game. I just don't handle non-perfection well."
  • Judy Rankin: "I've always thought (Daniel's) was one of the best, if not the best-looking, golf swing since Mickey Wright. It is still one of the three or four best swings I have ever seen."


  • In 1980, Beth Daniel became the first LPGA Tour player to earn more than $200,000 in a single season.
  • One of Daniel's early instructors was Davis Love Jr. Years later, she teamed with Davis Love III to twice win the JC Penney Classic, a tournament pairing PGA Tour and LPGA Tour players.
  • Daniel is one of three players to win LPGA Rookie of the Year one year and LPGA Player of the Year the next. Nancy Lopez and Annika Sorenstam are the others.
  • Daniel holds the LPGA record for most consecutive birdies, making nine in a row at the 1999 Philips Invitational Honoring Harvey Penick.

Beth Daniel Biography

Beth Daniel was an amateur golf phenom who roared onto the LPGA Tour, had success for many years, then endured two major slumps before earning her way into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Daniel began playing golf at age six, growing up in a golfing family. The Daniel family was members at the Country Club of Charleston, where Daniel's earliest teacher was 1938 Masters champion Henry Picard.

Daniel advanced through the amateur ranks and wound up on one of the all-time best women's college teams at Furman University. The university's 1976 national championship team included Daniel, fellow future Hall of Famer Betsy King, and future LPGA players Sherri Turner and Cindy Ferro.

Daniel won the U.S. Women's Amateur in 1975 and 1977, and was on the U.S. Curtis Cup teams in 1976 and 1978 (going 4-0 in '76). She turned pro at the end of 1978 and joined the LPGA Tour in 1979.

Daniel's first victory came that year at the Patty Berg Classic, and she went on to win the LPGA Rookie of Year award. Over the next five years, when Nancy Lopez was at her most dominant, Daniel still managed to win 13 tournaments, including four in 1980 when she was named LPGA Player of the Year.

Daniel led the Tour in wins in 1982, 1990 and 1994. She also led in scoring three times, including in 1989 when she became just the second golfer to have a scoring average below 71.00 on the LPGA Tour.

The year 1990 was her best. She won seven times, including her lone major at the LPGA Championship.

Along the way, Daniel, a range rat and fiery competitor who was known for showing her anger on the course, endured two major slumps. She was winless from 1986-88, then again from 1996-2002. Putting woes - which she addressed by switching to a long putter - and a series of injuries fueled the slumps.

When she finally won again in 2003, she became - at age 46 years, 8 months and 29 days - the oldest winner in Tour history. And she had outlasted most of her contemporaries such as King, Patty Sheehan, and Amy Alcott, remaining competitive on the LPGA Tour.

By 2005 she was cutting back her schedule, and played just five events in 2007. That year she also served as assistant captain on the U.S. Solheim Cup team. By 2009, Daniel moved up to captain the American Solheim side and was retired from competitive tournament golf as a player.