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The newly created “Pat Bradley Room” will house more than 100 unique objects from his legendary career | LPGA

The newly created “Pat Bradley Room” will house more than 100 unique objects from his legendary career |  LPGA

NORTON, Mass. (May 8, 2024) – Mass Golf announced today that it has accepted the entire collection of more than 100 personal artifacts from Massachusetts native and World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Pat Bradley.

This collection of trophies and memorabilia – including her sterling silver trophy from the 1981 US Women’s Open – will be on display in the new “Pat Bradley Room” inside the William F. Connell Golf House in Norton, on official headquarters of Mass Golf, in homage to Bradley’s remarkable legacy.

Bradley is the winningest professional golfer from Massachusetts, with 31 victories on the LPGA Tour, including three of her six majors in 1986 capping a career grand slam.

“I am delighted that Mass Golf has accepted the donation of my trophies and memorabilia,” Bradley said. “It gives me great joy to know that my collection will be proudly displayed at the Golf House in Massachusetts, a place I still call home.”

“It is only appropriate to dedicate an entire space to Pat Bradley, a defining figure in golf and one of the greatest players of all time,” added Jesse Menachem, executive director/CEO of Mass Golf. “She is extremely proud of her Massachusetts roots and we are thrilled that she has chosen to entrust her entire collection to us and give it a forever home here at Golf House.”

Pat Bradley, who grew up in Westford, Massachusetts, won all four LPGA major golf titles in 1986. (Courtesy Golf Magazine)

Bradley’s collection of items includes trophies, awards, medals, clubs, tapes and clothing. Additionally, there are several albums from her early amateur career that her father, Dick, has proudly pieced together to document his daughter’s accomplishments locally and nationally.

“It is truly an honor that we have had this opportunity to steward Pat’s extensive collection,” said Catherine Carmignani, assistant general manager of Mass Golf. “With such responsibility, we have retained the services of the two leading experts in this field who could truly do justice to this collection: renowned sports estate and memorabilia valuation expert Leila Dunbar and author, historian and curator/ museum consultant Rand Jerris.”

Dunbar has evaluated the collections of the USGA Golf Museum as well as the collections/estate of Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer, Bobby Orr and Hank Aaron. Jerris interned at the USGA Golf Museum beginning in 1988 and became its librarian/historian in 1999. He then served as museum director from 2002 to 2011 and remains active in researching and promoting the history of the game, with emphasis on history. golf course architecture and the art of golf.

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Born March 24, 1951, in Westford, Massachusetts, Bradley enjoyed success in sporting endeavors ranging from tennis to downhill skiing. But she really excelled at golf, winning the New England Women’s Amateur in 1972 and 1973 and the Massachusetts Women’s Amateur in 1972. She graduated from Florida International University in 1974 and turned professional soon after.

Bradley epitomized competitive excellence during her professional LPGA career, which began 50 years ago. Never the longest hitter on the circuit, Bradley shined with her short game and concentration, which her fellow players said were the most intense on the circuit. Sports psychologist Bob Rotella wrote in his 1996 book “Golf Is a Game of Confidence” that Bradley was the most mentally strong athlete he knew.

Almost all of her professional victories came in the United States, but her first individual professional title came in Australia at the 1975 Colgate Far East Women’s Tournament. Although not recognized as an official LPGA victory, the trophy is part of his extensive collection. Bradley’s mother, Kathleen, persistently rang a cow bell at the family home in Westford for each of Pat’s victories, and after receiving a phone call in the middle of the night informing her of the victory, the bell rang rang at 3 a.m.

It would ring many more times at the height of his career over the next decade-plus. Between 1980 and 1991, Bradley achieved 26 victories, including all six of his majors, achieving some of golf’s biggest milestones while playing among other greats such as Kathy Whitworth, Betsy King, JoAnne Carner and Nancy Lopez. Bradley kept trophies honoring her status as the first player in LPGA Tour history to eclipse $2 million, $3 million and $4 million in earnings.

By winning the Nabisco Dinah Shore (now The Chevron Championship) and the LPGA Championship in 1986, Bradley joined Louise Suggs and Mickey Wright as the only players to achieve the career Grand Slam at the time. Not surprisingly, she was named LPGA Player of the Year that year and again in 1991.

Bradley also overcame Graves’ disease, an overactive thyroid condition, in the late 1980s and has always returned to top form. In 1988, Golf Magazine named Bradley the recipient of the “100 Heroes of Golf’s First Century” award, and the award frame is part of the collection.

Bradley’s milestone victory came in the 1981 U.S. Women’s Open at LaGrange Country Club, just outside Chicago. In a final showdown with Beth Daniel, Bradley holed a 70-foot birdie putt on the 15th. Leading by one point at the par-5 18th, Bradley hit a bunker shot to 3 feet and sank a side-hiller , from right to left to finish with a final round of 66. This mark was the lowest final round by a champion for 23 years. .

“Being a member of the USGA family of champions is an incredible accomplishment, and always exciting for me,” Bradley wrote before competing in the inaugural US Senior Women’s Open in 2018.

Bradley was inducted into the Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame in 2002, alongside Francis Ouimet, Donald Ross and Fred Corcoran. She has a special affinity with Ouimet, who is considered the father of American golf and has a single room inside the Golf House to honor his achievements. Soon, Bradley will have a similar space.

“Growing up here, I never imagined that one day I would be celebrated this way,” Bradley said. “I now know where I will be remembered for eternity, and the idea that I will be on the other side of the hall where Mr. Francis Ouimet is honored is incredible to me.