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Full name  Helen L. Hicks Harb
Name  Helen Hicks
Former tours  LPGA
Nationality  United States
Role  Golfer
LPGA tour wins  2

Western Open  Won: 1937
Died  December 16, 1974
Professional wins  2
Titleholders C'ship  Won: 1940
Spouse  Whitney Harb (m. 1938)
Turned professional  1934
Helen Hicks
Born  February 11, 1911 Cedarhurst, New York (1911-02-11)

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Helen L. Hicks Harb (February 11, 1911 – December 16, 1974) was an American professional golfer and one of 13 founders of the LPGA in 1950.



Hicks was born in Cedarhurst, New York. She began playing golf at the age of 15, after being taught by her father. She attended Lawrence High School, where she played basketball for her school's team while simultaneously competing and winning such tournaments as the Junior Girls' Championship of the Metropolitan Women's Golf Association. She had a successful amateur career, reaching the finals of the U.S. Women's Amateur twice. She beat Glenna Collett Vare in 1931 and lost to Virginia Van Wie in 1933. She won several other amateur tournaments and played on the first U.S. Curtis Cup team in 1932.

In 1934, Hicks became one of the first women to turned professional; signing with the Wilson Sporting Goods Company to promote their golf equipment.

Hicks won two tournaments as a professional that are now considered LPGA major championships: the 1937 Women's Western Open and the 1940 Titleholders Championship. From 1938 to 1948, she competed as Helen Hicks Harb after marrying Whitney Harb.

In 1950, Hicks was one of 13 women that founded the LPGA.

Hicks died of throat cancer in 1974.

Hicks is sometimes confused with contemporary Betty Hicks who won the 1941 U.S. Women's Amateur.

Tournament wins

this list is incomplete

  • 1929 Canadian Women's Amateur
  • 1930 New York State Women’s Amateur
  • 1931 U.S. Women's Amateur, Metropolitan Women's Amateur, Women's Eastern Championship, New York State Women’s Amateur
  • 1933 Metropolitan Women's Amateur, New York State Women’s Amateur
  • 1937 Women's Western Open
  • 1940 Titleholders Championship
  • Team appearances


  • Curtis Cup (representing the United States): 1932 (winners)
  • References

    Helen Hicks Wikipedia

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