Jenny Lee Smith

Jennifer Constance "Jenny" Lee Smith (born 2 December 1948) is an English golfer, known for winning the inaugural Women's British Open in 1976 and later winning the Order of Merit on the Women's Professional Golf Association tour (now Ladies European Tour) in 1981 and 1982.

Jenny Lee Smith
Personal information
Full nameJennifer Constance Lee Smith
Born (1948-12-02) 2 December 1948
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Nationality England
ResidenceKent, England
Turned professional1977
Former tour(s)Ladies European Tour
LPGA Tour (1978-1984)
Professional wins12
Number of wins by tour
Ladies European Tour10
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA InspirationDNP
Women's PGA C'shipCUT: 1978
U.S. Women's OpenDNP
du Maurier ClassicDNP
Achievements and awards
Ladies European Tour
Order of Merit
1981, 1982

Lee-Smith was born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne and started playing golf at a relatively young age. After some success in regional tournaments in the late 1960s and early 1970s, she began to play in international tournaments. She was a member of the Great Britain Curtis Cup team in both 1974 and 1976, represented England in the 1975 European Team Championships, and played for Great Britain & Ireland in the 1976 Espirito Santo Trophy.[1]

In 1976, while still an amateur, Lee-Smith won the inaugural Ladies' British Open (now the Women's British Open).[2] There were only a handful of professional women golfers in the United Kingdom at the time, and the field was mostly made up of amateurs. At the end of the year, she was voted Daks Woman Golfer of the Year along with Tegwen Perkins.[1]

Lee-Smith turned professional in 1977, and qualified for the LPGA Tour that year. The Women's Professional Golf Association was formed in 1978, and Lee-Smith joined the tour for its first year in 1979. She finished 8th on the money list that year, third in 1980, and won the Order of Merit as the leading money winner in both 1981 and 1982. She was voted the 1982 North East Sports Personality Of The Year.

Jenny now resides in Kent, England, with her family. She has three children (Katie, Josh, and Ben) and is married to Sam Lucas.

Amateur wins

  • 1976 Newark International

Professional wins (12)

Ladies European Tour wins (10)

  • 1979 Carlsberg (Arcot Hall)
  • 1980 Carlsberg (Shifnal), Robert Winsor Productions Championship, Manchester Evening News Pro-Am Classic, Volvo International Tournament
  • 1981 Sposts Space Championship, McEwans Lager Welsh Classic, Lambert & Butler Matchplay
  • 1982 Ford Ladies' Classic
  • 1984 British Olivetti Tournament

Other wins (2)


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