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Golf Australia Express : Issue 7
LIST THE PIONEER: WOMAN Hisako Higuchi (born 1945) HISAKO HIGUCHi is the matriarch of women’s golf in Japan. The first Asian-born player to win a major, Higuchi was the driving force behind the creation of the Japan LPGA. Her achievements were remarkable. She dominated in Japan winning 69 times, including 19 Japanese majors and led its money list 11 years between 1968 and 1979. The only year she failed to head the tally was in 1977, ironically a year she achieved of her career greatest feats—a major on US soil. Her win at Bay Tree Plantation handed her a major, the 1977 LPGA Championship. In 2003, Higuchi became the first Japanese golfer inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame and enjoyed tournament wins in Europe and Australia, including the 1976 European Open and the inaugural Australian Open in 1974.