LPGAs First Winner Riley Dies

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Polly Riley, an amateur golfer who won the LPGA Tour's first sanctioned event in 1950 and competed in the Curtis Cup six times, has died of cancer.
 
Riley, 75, died Wednesday at her home.
 
Riley won the Tampa Open by five strokes over Louise Suggs.
 
She finished second at the 1947 U.S. Women's Open. In 1948, she gave Babe Didrickson Zaharias the most lopsided defeat of Zaharias' career. Riley clinched the 36-hole match-play final of the Texas Women's Open when she took a 10-hole lead over the legendary Zaharias with only nine left to play.
 
'Polly helped put Fort Worth golf on the map,' author Dan Jenkins said in a story in Friday's editions of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Jenkins covered Riley while a reporter at the Fort Worth Press.
 
'In terms of grabbing national headlines, Polly was the next biggest thing we had going, behind Ben (Hogan) and Byron (Nelson).'
 
Riley was captain of the U.S. squad in the Curtis Cup in 1962.
 
She maintained her amateur status throughout her career. She is a member of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
 
Riley is survived by two brothers, Jack Riley and Bill Riley of Fort Worth, and a sister, Jane Balovich of Paradise, Calif.
 
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