Judy Rankin. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images for The Golf Channel)
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A St. Louis-born golfing prodigy and former LPGA Player of the Year joined the St. Louis Walk of Fame in the Delmar Loop.
Judy Rankin, born Judy Torluemke in February 1945, began playing at 6 years old, honing her golf skills at Forest Park's "Triple A" course.
Rankin was touted a top golf prospect in a 1961 Sports Illustrated cover story. She turned pro in 1962 and won her first LPGA tour event in 1968.
Rankin was the first LPGA player to accumulate more than $100,000 in tournament winnings in a single season.
Named LPGA Player of the Year in 1976 and 1977, Rankin retired in 1983 with 26 tour victories and became a television commentator for men's and women's golf events. She captained the U.S. women's team to consecutive Solheim Cup wins in 1996 and 1998.
She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2000.
Judy Rankin's star is located at 6146 Delmar in The Loop, across from the Moonrise Hotel.
The St. Louis Walk of Fame was founded in 1988 as a showcase for the city's cultural heritage and to raise awareness and appreciation for the notable contributions of select St. Louisans. Honorees include: Maya Angelou, Chuck Berry, Lou Brock, Bob Costas, Kevin Kline, Charles Lindbergh, Stan Musial, Nelly and Tennessee Williams