Deb Richard

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Deb Richard : biography

June 13, 1963 –

Deb Richard (born June 13, 1963) is a former American professional golfer who was a member of the LPGA Tour for ten years during the 1990s and 2000s.

Amateur career

Richard was born in Abbeville, Louisiana in 1963, and raised in Manhattan, Kansas. She first found success as an amateur golfer by winning the Kansas state high school golf championship three consecutive years for Manhattan High School (1979–1981). She followed by winning the Kansas Women’s Amateur the next two years (1982, 1983). In 1984, Richard won the prestigious U.S. Women’s Amateur; a few months later she was part of the U.S. team that won the Espirito Santo Trophy in Hong Kong.

While competing for coach Mimi Ryan’s Florida Gators women’s golf team at the University of Florida from 1982 to 1985, she won seven tournaments including three consecutive Southeastern Conference (SEC) individual championships. As a senior in 1985, she was the individual runner-up, by a single stroke, at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship, was recognized as the SEC Golfer of the Year, and won the Broderick Award as the nation’s outstanding female collegiate golfer. Richard was a first-team All-SEC selection all four years (1982–1985) and a first-team All-American in 1984 and 1985. She graduated from Florida with a bachelor’s degree in advertising in 1989, and was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 1995.F Club, Hall of Fame, . Retrieved July 23, 2011.Antonya English, "," The Gainesville Sun, pp. 1 & 6 (April 7, 1995). Retrieved July 23, 2011.

Team appearances


  • Espirito Santo Trophy (representing the United States): 1984 (winners)


  • Solheim Cup (representing the United States): 1992

Professional wins (6)

LPGA Tour wins (5)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin ofvictory Runner(s)-up
1 Jun 28, 1987 Rochester International –8 (66-69-73-72=280) 2 strokes USA}} Amy Alcott, Shirley Furlong, Lori Garbacz, Laurie Rinker
2 Mar 2, 1991 Women’s Kemper Open –9 (68-70-67-70=275) Playoff USA}} Cindy Rarick
3 Aug 4, 1991 The Phar-Mor in Youngstown –9 (70-69-68=207) Playoff USA}} Jane Geddes
4 Sep 18, 1994 Safeco Classic –12 (71-68-70-67=276) 1 stroke USA}} Michelle Estill, Tammie Green, Christa Johnson, Rosie Jones
5 Aug 10, 1997 Friendly’s Classic –11 (72-70-68-67=277) 1 stroke USA}} Christa Johnson

LPGA Tour playoff record (2–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1991 Women’s Kemper Open USA}} Cindy Rarick Won with birdie on second extra hole
2 1991 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic USA}} Alice Miller Lost to birdie on third extra hole
3 1991 The Phar-Mor in Youngstown USA}} Jane Geddes Won with birdie on first extra hole
4 1993 Youngstown-Warren LPGA Classic USA}} Nancy Lopez Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (1)

  • 1991 JBP Cup LPGA Match Play Championship

Professional career

Richard played on the LPGA Tour or twenty years (1986–2005), during which she won five Tour events and finished in the top-10 in over seventy events. Her five wins included the 1987 Rochester International, 1991 Women’s Kemper Open, 1991 The Phar-Mor in Youngstown, 1994 Safeco Classic and 1997 Friendly’s Classic. Her best finishes in the LPGA majors included a tie for tenth place in the 1996 Kraft Nabisco Championship, a tie for fifth in the 1991 LPGA Championship, a tie for ninth in the 1986 U.S. Women’s Open, and ties for fourth in the 1988 and 1998 du Maurier Classic. In 1992, Richard was selected for the U.S. Solheim Cup team. Her career earning as a professional golfer totaled $2,759,551.

Richard has been inducted into the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame. She has also received a number of awards for her charitable activities.