Golf champ Bettye Mims Danoff dies at 88

Photo courtesy of lpga.com

Bettye Mims Danoff, the Sunset High School grad and LPGA co-founder died last week. She was 88.

In 1947, Danoff won the Texas Open Championship, brreaking Babe Didrikson Zaharias’ 17-tournament winning streak.

Advocate columnist Gayla Kokel included Danoff in her February 2010 Back Story column about Oak Cliff’s golf heritage: “In 1950, the 5-foot-2, 106-pound Danoff, along with 12 other female golfers, founded the Ladies Professional Golf Association.”

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The Mims family still owns Sunset Golf Club in Grand Prairie. That course was designed by Danoff’s brother, C.B. Mims, who was a pro golfer in the ’30s and ’40s. That’s where Danoff learned to play golf, starting at age 6, according to this ESPN obituary.

In lieu of gifts, the Mims and Danoff families have requested donations to the Delores Hope LPGA Foundation.

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