Babe obtained amateur status as a golfer and became one of America’s first female celebrity golf players. During the 1940s, she won tournament after tournament, including the U.S. Women’s Amateur and the British Ladies Amateur.
Throughout her career, she won 82 tournaments in total. She even had a tournament named after her held in Beaumont, Texas, called the Babe Zaharias Open.
Babe and golfer Patty Berg co-founded the Ladies Professional Golf Association in 1949 to create more opportunities for female golfers. After its first year, she took over as president of the association.
In 1953, Babe was sadly diagnosed with colon cancer. She underwent surgery and impressively won at the 1954 U.S. Women’s Open championship one month later. Unfortunately, her cancer returned in 1955, but she continued to play golf and won two more tournaments.
She died at the age of 45 in 1956 while still considered one of the best female golfers in the country.
Although Babe’s life was tragically cut short, what she achieved throughout her exciting career was nothing short of astonishing.
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