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Judy Dickinson

Unquestionably, Judy Dickinson is the most successful female golfer to come out of Summit County. This Akron native's record speaks for itself. Judy, who worked in a bottling factory, as a mail carrier, as a groundskeeper and as a substitute teacher, before turning pro at 27, has been a member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) since 1978. Despite the fact that she did not win her first tournament until 1985, she has earned $2.2 million during a 21-year career that currently ranks her 32nd on the all-time LPGA money list. That first win came at the Boston Five Classic. Her most proud moment on the golf course occurred that same year when Judy fired rounds of 64 and 65 to open the S&H Golf Classic at 15 under par. That 129 score was the 36-hole LPGA record until 1999 when Michelle McGann fired a 128. In 1986 Judy, known as the original "hat lady" on the tour because of her wide-brim hats, won twice, the Rochester International and SAFECO Classic. Judy carded her career low round of 63 in the third round of the SAFECO. Her last career win came in 1992 at the Inamori Classic in San Diego when she was the only player in the field to post four sub-par rounds. That year she also enjoyed the highest earnings of her career with $351,559. In 1990-92, Judy served as president of the LPGA and is most proud that she was instrumental in establishing the Smucker's Day Care and Child Development Center for the tour players and to rewrite the LPGA constitution that Judy said, " gave back to the players the right to run our own business." The mother of 10-year old twin boys, Brandon and Spencer, Judy credits her husband, the late golf pro Gardner Dickinson, and her father, Lawrence Green, with influencing her game.

Inducted 1999 | Golf