LPGA Rookies of the Year: All the Award Winners

Winners of the LPGA Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award

Portrait of golfer Annika Sorenstam taken in 1996
Annika Sorenstam is on the roll call of winners of the LPGA's Rookie of the Year Award. Stephen Munday/Getty Images

Below you'll find the list of golfers who have won won the LPGA Rookie of the Year award. The award has been given by the LPGA Tour since 1962 and is named after Louise Suggs. The current full name of the award is the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award.

But before we get to the list, let's dive into a little trivia about the award.

Has Any Rookie of the Year Led the LPGA in Scoring Average?

Yes, two golfers in LPGA Tour history have won the Vare Trophy (for low seasonal scoring average) and the Rookie of the Year Award in the same season:

  • In Gee Chun, 2016
  • Nancy Lopez, 1978

Has Any Rookie of the Year Led the LPGA Money List?

Yes, that's happened four times. The four golfers who led the LPGA in money that same year they won the ROY award are:

  • Sung Hyun Park, 2017
  • Jiyai Shin, 2009
  • Karrie Webb, 1996
  • Nancy Lopez, 1978

Has Any Golfer Been the Rookie of Year and Player of the Year the Same Season?

Yes! Nancy Lopez was the first golfer in LPGA Tour history to win both the tour's Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year awards. Lopez's 1978 year isn't just the best rookie season in LPGA history, it's one of the best years by any golfer in tour history. Lopez won nine times that year, including one stretch of wins in five consecutive tournaments. One of those victories was a major, the LPGA Championship. In 2017, Sung Hyun Park became the second golfer to do it.

The List: Rookies of the Year on the LPGA Tour

The award is based on points compiled by golfers for their tournament finishes over the season, so the award is automatically given to the points-leader at season's end.

2018 - Jin Young Ko
2017 - Sung Hyun Park
2016 - In Gee Chun
2015 - Sei Young Kim
2014 - Lydia Ko
2013 - Moriya Jutanugarn
2012 - So Yeon Ryu
2011 - Hee Kyung Seo
2010 - Azahara Munoz
2009 - Jiyai Shin
2008 - Yani Tseng
2007 - Angela Park
2006 - Seon-Hwa Lee
2005 - Paula Creamer
2004 - Shi-Hyun Ahn
2003 - Lorena Ochoa
2002 - Beth Bauer
2001 - Hee-Won Han
2000 - Dorothy Delasin
1999 - Mi Hyun Kim
1998 - Se Ri Pak
1997 - Lisa Hackney (Hall)
1996 - Karrie Webb
1995 - Pat Hurst
1994 - Annika Sorenstam
1993 - Suzanne Strudwick
1992 - Helen Alfredsson
1991 - Brandie Burton
1990 - Hiromi Kobayashi
1989 - Pamela Wright
1988 - Liselotte Neumann
1987 - Tammie Green
1986 - Jody Rosenthal (Anschutz)
1985 - Penny Hammel
1984 - Juli Inkster
1983 - Stephanie Farwig
1982 - Patti Rizzo
1981 - Patty Sheehan
1980 - Myra Van Hoose (Blackwelder)
1979 - Beth Daniel
1978 - Nancy Lopez
1977 - Debbie Massey
1976 - Bonnie Lauer
1975 - Amy Alcott
1974 - Jan Stephenson
1973 - Laura Baugh
1972 - Jocelyne Bourassa
1971 - Sally Little
1970 - JoAnne Carner
1969 - Jane Blalock
1968 - Sandra Post
1967 - Sharron Moran
1966 - Jan Ferraris
1965 - Margie Masters
1964 - Susie Berning
1963 - Clifford Ann Creed
1962 - Mary Mills

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