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Top 50 Female Golfers of All-Time


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Top 50 Female Golfers: No. 35 to No. 31
Glenna Collett Vare

Glenna Collett Vare was a 6-time winner of the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.

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35. Marlene Hagge
Very similar to Marilynn Smith in the scope of her career. As 16-year-old Marlene Bauer in 1950, she was a cofounder of the LPGA Tour. She played competitively in each of the Tour's first five decades. And Hagge posted 26 victories including one major championship.

34. Glenna Collett Vare
The greatest female American amateur golfer, Vare was often called "the female Bobby Jones" in her day. A great driver and a great sportsman, in 1924 she won 59 of 60 matches played. She is the only 6-time winner of the U.S. Women's Amateur. The LPGA Tour's Vare Trophy for low scoring average is named in her honor.

33. Ayako Okamoto
Okamoto followed a few years behind Chako Higuchi on the Japan LPGA. While Higuchi did something Okamoto didn't - win a major - Okamoto did something Higuchi didn't: play full-time on the American LPGA. Okamoto's years in America were productive ones, too, as they included 17 victories, a money title and Player of the Year award.

32. Susie Berning
Susie Maxwell Berning, more than any other great female player, restricted her tournament schedule to focus more on family. Only four times in her career did she play in 20 or more tournaments in a season. So her win total - 11 - seems low. But four of those 11 were majors, including three U.S. Women's Opens.

31. Sally Little
Little is one of several golfers in the Top 50 whose careers might have been even better had injury not affected them. In Little's case, she had won 12 times in four years then underwent two major surgeries and won only once more. That one additional victory, however, was the 1988 du Maurier Classic, one of her two major championships.

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