Hollis Stacy Biography

Hollis Stacy playing the US Women's Open - a tournament she won three times - in 2000.
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Hollis Stacy was a big tournament golfer known for winning USGA championships who thrived on the LPGA Tour from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s. She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012.

Career Profile

Date of birth: March 16, 1954
Place of birth: Savannah, Georgia

LPGA Tour Victories: 18

Major Championships: 4

  • duMaurier Classic: 1983
  • U.S. Women's Open: 1977, 1978, 1984

Awards and Honors:

  • Member, World Golf Hall of Fame
  • Member, Georgia Golf Hall of Fame
  • U.S. Curtis Cup team, 1972

Quote, Unquote:

  • Hollis Stacy on her tenacity once in contention: "I am the middle child among 10 children and I had so much psychological warfare - I wasn't going to lose."
  • Hollis Stacy: "Have a blast while you last."


  • Hollis Stacy is the only golfer to win the U.S. Junior Girls Championship three times, and she did it consecutively.
  • Stacy's record in playoffs was 6-1. That .857 winning percentage in playoffs is third-best in LPGA Tour history, behind Se Ri Pak (6-0) and Michelle McGann (4-0).

Hollis Stacy Biography

When she was a girl, Hollis Stacy won three USGA championships. As an adult, she won three more.

Stacy became a golfer after attending the 1966 Masters, played not far from the family home in Savannah, Ga. "I ran around like a little autograph rat," she told the Web site, womenof.com. "I got Ben Hogan's autograph and others. I still have the tickets today."

Her game blossomed in her teens, and beginning in 1969, Stacy won three consecutive U.S. Junior Girls Championships. Not only is she the only person to win that crown three straight times, but no other golfer has won it three times total. She had just turned 15 at the time of her first Junior Girls win, making her, at that time, the youngest to win the event.

Stacy joined the LPGA Tour in 1974. Her first victory didn't come until 1977, but it was worth the wait: the U.S. Women's Open. Stacy repeated as U.S. Women's Open champion in 1978, then won a third Open crown in 1984. She is one of only four golfers to win the U.S. Women's Open at least three times. She added a fourth major at the 1983 du Maurier Classic.

From 1977 through 1985, Stacy was one of the top players on tour, although she never lead the LPGA in money or scoring. She never ranked higher than fifth on the money list, but finished in the Top 10 five times. She posted three wins each in 1977, 1982 and 1983. She won once more in 1985. She was involved in a serious car accident in 1988, but returned in 1989 with four Top 5 finishes. Stacy's final win on tour came at the 1991 Crestar-Farm Fresh Classic.

Six of Stacy's 18 career victories came in playoffs, including two wins over Amy Alcott and one over JoAnne Carner. Stacy continued playing regularly on the LPGA Tour until 2000 and later won on the Women's Senior Golf Tour.

She has dabbled in course design and also served as an official at USGA events.