Lauri Merten

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Lauri Merten
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Lauri Merten
Born (1960-07-06) July 6, 1960 (age 61)
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Nationality  United States
College Arizona State University
Turned professional 1983
Retired 1997
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour (1983–97)
Professional wins 3
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 3
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 1)
ANA Inspiration T13: 1985
Women's PGA C'ship 2nd: 1993
U.S. Women's Open Won: 1993
du Maurier Classic T30: 1993

Lauri Merten (born July 6, 1960) is an American professional golfer. She also competed under the names Lauri Peterson (1983–87) and Lauri Merten-Peterson (1988).

Merten was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She attended Arizona State University and joined the LPGA Tour in 1983.

Merten's three wins on the LPGA Tour came at the 1983 Rail Charity Golf Classic, the 1984 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic and the 1993 U.S. Women’s Open, which is one of the LPGA's major championships. 1993 was her best year on the money list, with a sixth place finish, the only time she made the top ten. Her LPGA Tour career came to its end in 1997.

When she retired, Merten claimed burnout was the cause. Another factor was undoubtedly the unwanted attention surrounding the murder conviction of her brother-in-law, Thomas Capano, in 1996.[1]

Professional wins

LPGA Tour wins (3)

LPGA Tour major championships (1)
Other LPGA Tour (2)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Sep 5, 1983 Rail Charity Golf Classic −6 (68-70-72=210) Playoff Canada Judy Ellis
2 Jul 8, 1984 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic −10 (68-72-65-73=278) 2 strokes United States Nancy Lopez
3 Jul 25, 1993 U.S. Women's Open −8 (71-71-70-68=280) 1 stroke Sweden Helen Alfredsson
United States Donna Andrews

LPGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1983 Rail Charity Golf Classic Canada Judy Ellis Won with par on first extra hole

Major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runners-up
1993 U.S. Women's Open −8 (71-71-70-68=280) 1 stroke Sweden Helen Alfredsson, United States Donna Andrews


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