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Encyclopedia > Laura Baugh

Laura Zonetta Baugh (born May 31, 1955 in Gainesville, Florida) is an American golf champion. As a child she won the National PeeWee Championship five times, her first coming at age 3. Her parents divorced when she was 11 years old and she moved with her mother from their Florida home to Long Beach, California. She studied briefly there at Long Beach City College and California State University, Long Beach. May 31 is the 151st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (152nd in leap years), with 214 days remaining. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Downtown Clock Tower, housing the restored clock bell from the 1885 courthouse Gainesville is the largest city and county seat of Alachua County, Florida. ... Golfer after swing. ... Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: Government Country State County United States California Los Angeles County Mayor Bob Foster Geographical characteristics Area 170. ... Long Beach City College, established in 1927, is a community college located in Long Beach, California. ... California State University, Long Beach (also known as Long Beach State, Cal State Long Beach, CSULB, LBSU or The Beach) is the second largest campus of the California State University system and the third largest university in the state of California. ...

Lacking the money to pay green fees, she and friends would sneak onto golf courses to play. At age 14 she won her first of two straight Los Angeles Women's City Golf Championships. In 1971, at the Atlanta Country Club in Atlanta, Georgia, she defeated Beth Barry to win the United States Women's Amateur Golf Championship. Her physical appearance brought her considerable publicity and for 1971 she was chosen as the Los Angeles Times "Woman of the Year" and Golf Digest's 1972 "Most Beautiful Golfer." She made a commercial for UltraBrite toothpaste that won a Clio Award. Flag Seal Nickname: Hotlanta, The Big Peach, The ATL Location Location in Fulton and DeKalb counties in the state of Georgia Coordinates: , Government Country State Counties United States Georgia Fulton County, Georgia DeKalb County, Georgia Mayor Shirley Franklin (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 132. ... The U.S. Womens Amateur is the leading golf tournament in the United States for female amateur golfers. ... The Los Angeles Times (also known as the LA Times) is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California and distributed throughout the western United States. ... Golf Digest is a monthly golf magazine published by Advance Publications in the United States. ... Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE: CL) is a multinational corporation in the business of the provision of products such as soaps, detergents, and oral hygiene products such as toothpaste and toothbrushes. ... The Clio Awards are given to reward creative excellence in advertising and design. ...

Laura Baugh was a member of the U.S. teams that won the 1972 Curtis Cup and the World Amateur Golf Team Championships. She then turned professional and joined the LPGA Tour in 1973 where she earned Rookie of the Year honors. Despite her successful start and prodigious talent, alcoholism, bulimia, and emotional problems would take over her life and she would never win an LPGA tournament. Her drinking caused spontaneous bleeding that could have ended her life had she not sought treatment that included time at the Betty Ford Clinic in 1996. She described her battle with alcohol in a 1999 book titled "Out of the Rough." The Curtis Cup is the best known team tournament for women amateur golfers. ... The International Golf Federation is an organisation which, despite its grand title, occupies only a small place in the structure of golf. ... LPGA stands for Ladies Professional Golf Association. ... The Rookie of the Year award is given by a number of North American sports leagues to the top first-time professional athlete of the season. ... Alcoholism is the obsessive preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that such use interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical, or mental harm. ... The Betty Ford Center was co-founded by former United States First Lady Betty Ford and her friend, Ambassador Leonard Firestone, in 1982. ...

During her professional golfing career from 1973 through 1997, Ms Baugh earned 66 "Top 10" finishes, including ten runner-up performances. She became a member of the Women's Senior Golf Tour and has also worked as a television announcer for The Golf Channel and operates "Laura Baugh Golf Workshops for Women Only" [1]. The Golf Channel, sometimes abbreviated as TGC, is an American cable television network with coverage focused on the game of golf. ...

Laura Baugh has been married four times and has seven children.


  • Out of the Rough : An Intimate Portrait of Laura Baugh and Her Sobering Journey by Laura Baugh and Steve Eubanks, with a Foreword by Arnold Palmer. (1999) Rutledge Hill Press ISBN 1-55853-755-4



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