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Professional golfer Nancy Lopez was named Player of the Year four times during her career. She was the first woman to be awarded the Frances Ouimet Award.
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Born on January 6, 1957, in Torrance, California, Nancy Lopez won her first amateur golf tournament at age 13. With guidance from her father, Lopez began playing golf as a child. She won the New Mexico Women's Amateur tournament at the age of 12 and went on to win several amateur titles. Becoming a professional golfer while in college, Lopez won Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year awards in 1978. In 2003, she won the Billie Jean King Contribution Award from the Women's Sports Foundation. Over the course of her career, Lopez received the Player of the Year Award four times and had 48 victories—three of them in major tournaments—and became the first woman to receive the Frances Ouimet Award for lifelong contributions to golf. Married to former professional baseball player Ray Knight since 1982, Lopez has three daughters.
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