The Success and The Failures of Lefthanders In Sports
Lefthanded Golfers on the LPGA Tour
Bonnie Bryant is the only lefthanded golfer ever to win an LPGA tournament, with her only career victory coming in 1974. She suffered from a variety of injuries after that, made a brief resurgence and a tie for second place in one tour event in 1979, before injuries put an early end to her career. She finished her career with $137. 294 in prize money.
Angela Buzmunski turned pro in 1995 and had a successful career on the Symetra Tour, finishing 2nd in 2001 and earning her chance on the LPGA tour. Her best tournament finish was a tie for 27th in 2002, and she won a total of $58,541 over the next few years. Her last tour event was in 2009.
Malinda Johnson was a highly ranked college golfer at the University of Wisconsin who turned pro in 2004. She got off to a promising start, finishing the year ranked #112 and earning over $48,000 in prize money, before injuries sidetracked and cut short her career .
Kelly Lagedrost turned pro in 2001, and She won $13, 871 over her four years on the tour, with a best finish of 54th place in a 2006 tournament.
Cathryn Bristow played college golf at the University of Oregon, and turned pro in 2009. After a few years on the Symetra Tour, including one tour victory in 2011, she has been playing regularly in the Australian PGA Tour and the European Tour since then. She is a 3 time winner on the ALPG tour (once in 2012 and twice in 2016). If she continues her success on those tours there is a good chance we could see her playing in LPGA events soon.
Brittany Benvenuto played college golf at University of Arizona and turned pro in 2011. She improved each year on the Symetra Tour, and in 2016 she made the cut 19 times and finished in the top ten five times to earn her first opportunity on the PGA tour in 2017. So far she had played in 10 LPGA events but only made the cut once, but she continues to work hard and there is hope for a much better showing in the near future.
Katelyn Dambaugh played college golf at University of South Carolina, where she was a First-Team All-SEC performer in 2016. 2017 was her first year as a professional and she finished tenth on the Symetra Tour money list with 6 top 10 finishes in only 12 events.
Her 2017 performance earned her LPGA membership for 2018. She has played in 17 tournaments this year, made the cut in 8 of them. Her best finish was a tie for 10th place in the Kingsmill Championship, and she has won a total of $67,216 (ranking #288) for the year. This makes her the 2nd leading all-time money winner among lefthanders on the LPGA tour, and her career is just getting started.