Tiny Sandra Palmer grew up as one of a host of fine female golfers who called Fort Worth’s River Crest Country Club home. As a youngster, Sandra was tutored by the late professional A.G. Mitchell. Other professionals who influenced her career in a later time were Harvey Penick, Erini Vossler and Johnny Revolta.
As an amateur, Sandra won the West Texas championship four times and the Texas State Amateur title once in 1963. Prior to that, while as student at North Texas State, Palmer was runner-up in the National Collegiate Championship of 1962. After turning pro in 1964, Palmer struggled through seven lean years. From then on, however, she won no less than “two events per season for the next seven years.” She became the LPGA’s 13th millionaire in 1986 and was inducted into the National Collegiate Hall of Fame in 1988.
Prior to that, Palmer was voted North Texas State’s Alumnus of the Year in 1977. The former North Texas State cheerleader would still play in recent years on the LPGA tour, representing the La Quinta Hotel Golf Club. She competed in the 1989 Marilynn Smith Founders Classic, the first senior event for women professionals.
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas
Born: March 10, 1941