*** Happy Birthday, Kay Cockerill…!!! ***
Graduated from UCLA with a degree in economics… Twice received Academic All-America honors…Credits Rick Walker, her golf coach since the age of 14, as the individual most influencing her career…Named 1993 winner of Founders Cup by Golf Digest for contributions to LPGA Junior Golf Program…Also was named co-winner of 1993 Good Sport Award by Sports Illustrated For Kids… Received the 1994 Samaritan Award…Appeared in the 1989 and 1992 Fairway magazine… Began playing golf at the age of 12…Is a commentator for The Golf Channel and NBC.
Prior to joining the LPGA, she played in the 1986 and 1987 U.S. Women’s Open Championships and the 1987 Nestle World Championship as an amateur.
As a rookie in 1988, she tied for ninth in the Chrysler-Plymouth Classic and tied for 16th in the U.S. Women’s Open.
Recorded her first LPGA hole-in-one at the 1988 Konica San Jose Classic.
Posted her career-best finish, a tie for third, at the 1991 LPGA Bay State Classic.
Fired a new career-low score of 66 during the final round of the 1991 LPGA Corning Classic.
In 1991, had her best financial season ever by earning $78,151 to rank 62nd.
In 1992, her season was hampered by a lower back injury.
In 1992, won the Budget Service Award for her involvement in the LPGA Urban Youth Golf Program and the implementation of the LPGA Pen Pal Program.
Best finish in 1994 was a 24th place finish at the Weetabix Women’s British Open.
Tied for 32nd at the 1995 Friendly’s Classic where she tied her career-low round of 66 during the first round.
Cockerill is a two-time U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, winning in 1986 and 1987. She was a medalist and finalist in the 1987 Broadmoor and a medalist and quarter-finalist in the 1986 Trans-National. She also was a member of the 1986 World Cup team. A two-time All-American at UCLA, she won six events, placed fourth in the 1986 NCAA Championship, was a three-time all-conference player and was twice named MVP.