Beverly Hanson, who won the 1950 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship
and was a member of the victorious 1950 USA Curtis Cup Team before embarking on
a successful professional career, died on April 12 in Twin Falls, Idaho, from
complications of Alzheimer’s and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was
89 years old.
Born on Dec. 5, 1924, in Fargo, N.D., Hanson studied at the
University of North Dakota, Mills College in Oakland, Calif., and the
University of Wisconsin.
As an amateur golfer, Hanson captured the 1949 Texas Open
and both the California and Southern California women’s championships. She also
competed in the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1946-50, claiming victory in 1950 on
the East Lake Course of the Atlanta Athletic Club by defeating Mae Murray, 6
and 4, in the 36-hole championship match. She had been a semifinalist in 1948
at Del Monte Golf & Country Club in Pebble Beach, Calif., falling to Helen
Sigel, 6 and 5.
Two weeks earlier, Hanson helped lead the USA to a 7½-1½
Curtis Cup triumph over Great Britain and Ireland at the Country Club of
Buffalo in Williamsville, N.Y. Hanson went 2-0, joining forces with Dorothy
Porter for a 3-and-2 foursomes win and then defeating Jean Donald in singles, 6
Hanson turned pro the following year and won 17 LPGA Tour
events, including three major championships, including the inaugural LPGA
Championship in 1955 with a 4-and-3 win over Louise Suggs. She beat Suggs by
four strokes to win the 1956 Women’s Western Open and Betty Dodd by five shots
to win the 1958 Titleholders Championship. Her last LPGA Tour win came at the 1960 St.
Petersburg (Fla.) Open.
Hanson also competed in 16 U.S. Women’s Opens – 14
consecutively from 1948-61 – with her best finish coming in 1952 (fourth). Her
last Women’s Open appearance came in 1964.
A memorial service will be held April 25 at St. Margaret's
Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, Calif.