Mickey Wright, considered by many to be the greatest woman golfer of all time, was the recipient of the 2010 USGA Bob Jones Award, the organization’s most prestigious honor to an individual. The presentation took place on February 6 during the USGA Annual Meeting at Pinehurst, North Carolina.
The award is given for distinguished sportmanship in golf, and its recipients have ranged from great players such as Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, and Ben Crenshaw, to officials such as P.J. Boatwright, Jr., Richard S. Tufts, and Joseph C. Dey, to the likes of Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and George H.W. Bush. Local recipients include Arnold Palmer, 1971, Fred Brand, Jr., 1997, and Carol Semple Thompson, 2003.
Two of Wright’s most significant USGA accomplishments took place in Western Pennsylvania. She was runner-up in the 1954 Women’s Amateur at Allegheny, losing to Barbara Romack in the final. In 1959 she won the Women’s Open at Churchill Valley, defeating Louise Suggs by two strokes, her second of four titles. Wright her four Women’s Opens in a seven-year span, 1958-64.