1969: Mickey Wright outlasts Betsy Rawls to win the $15,000 Bluegrass Invitational

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Wright is right on the money in the 1st LPGA event of 1969

On this day, In 1969 Micky Wright won the $15,000 Bluegrass Invitational in a playoff over Betsy Rawls.  The pair involved in the playoff, Wright & Rawls were not only competitors but friends off the course.  They both tied after finishing with 216 total’s after three rounds at the Hunting Creek Country Club in Kentucky.

Miss Wright, who had won this event in 1966 and 1967 converted a tricky three foot breaking putt in the first playoff hole to secure the win.  Miss Rawls vanquished after missing her 30 foot par attempt and had to settle for bogey & second place.  It was especially heartbreaking for Rawls, who had missed an easy birdie putt on the 18th hole in what could of ended the match. It also would have been Rawls 50th career victory.  Mickey won $2,325 for her playoff win while Rawls received $1,800 for second.

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