Beginning her golf career at age 11 out of Nashua Country Club, Pat Bradley has found much success from an amateur and professional standpoint. She won the New Hampshire Women’s Amateur Championship in 1967 and 1969 and went on to win the New England Women’s Amateur Championship in 1972 and 1973. She was a vital member of the Florida International University Golf Team and became an All-American in 1970.
From there, she joined the professional ranks of the LPGA in 1974 and won 31 LPGA Tour events, including six major championships, the Peter Jackson Classic in 1980, the U.S. Women’s Open in 1981, the du Maurier Classic in 1985 and 1986, the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 1986 and the LPGA Championship in 1986. Bradley has been a part of four Solheim Cup teams – 1990, 1992, 1996 and 2000 as a captain. The U.S. team won it in 1990 and 1996.
Her accomplishments extend to being named the LPGA Player of the Year in 1986 and 1991. She is the only player to have won three of the four modern-day majors in one season, 1986 and she her win at the LPGA Championship in 1986 made her the third player to complete the LPGA Career Grand Slam.
Bradley was ultimately inducted in to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1991. Regardless of the time of day, her mother would ring a bell off the family’s back porch following each win Pat had. That bell was donated to the World Golf Hall of Fame.