|Full name||Beverly Hanson|
December 5, 1924|
Fargo, North Dakota
April 12, 2014 (aged 89)|
Twin Falls, Idaho
|Height||5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m)|
University of North Dakota|
University of Wisconsin
|Former tour(s)||LPGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in LPGA major championships|
|Western Open||Won: 1956|
|Titleholders C'ship||Won: 1958|
|Women's PGA C'ship||Won: 1955|
|U.S. Women's Open||4th: 1952|
|Achievements and awards|
|LPGA Vare Trophy||1958|
Hanson was born in Fargo, North Dakota in 1924. She studied at the University of North Dakota, Mills College in Oakland, California and the University of Wisconsin and was a bassoon player, performing with civic orchestras. As an amateur golfer, she won the Texas Open in 1949 and both the California and Southern California ladies' championships. She was a member of the 1950 U.S. Curtis Cup golf team and that year won the U.S. Women's Amateur.
In 1951, Hanson turned professional and won the very first event she competed in. She won the inaugural LPGA Championship in 1955, defeating Louise Suggs. In 1958 she was the leading money winner on the LPGA Tour.
Professional wins (18)
LPGA Tour wins (17)
- 1950 (1) Women's Texas Open (as an amateur)
- 1951 (1) Eastern Open
- 1953 (1) Boca Raton Weathervane
- 1954 (2) St. Petersburg Open, Wichita Open
- 1955 (2) LPGA Championship, Battle Creek Open
- 1956 (1) Women's Western Open
- 1957 (2) Smokey Open, Land of Sky Open
- 1958 (2) Titleholders Championship, Lawton Open
- 1959 (4) Golden Triangle Festival, American Women's Open, Spokane Open, Links Invitation Open
- 1960 (1) St. Petersburg Open
Other wins (1)
|1955||LPGA Championship||4 & 3||Louise Suggs|
|1956||Women's Western Open||E (75-81-72-76=304)||4 strokes||Louise Suggs|
|1958||Titleholders Championship||+11 (72-80-73-74=299)||5 strokes||Betty Dodd|
- Curtis Cup (representing the United States): 1950 (winners)
- Reid, Neal (April 25, 2014). "Hanson was colorful, talented LPGA Tour pioneer". LPGA.
- Elliott, Len; Kelly, Barbara (1976). Who's Who in Golf. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House. pp. 81–2. ISBN 0-87000-225-2.
- LPGA Tour biography Archived December 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- LPGA All-Time Winners List Archived December 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- Ferguson, Doug (April 22, 2014). "Beverly Hanson, forgotten pioneer in women's golf". Washington Times. Associated Press.
- LPGA Tournament Chronology Archived January 2, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. 1950–59
- LPGA Tournament Chronology Archived June 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. 1960–69