On July 26, 1992, lesbian golfer Patty Sheehan was
officially declared the winner of that year’s U.S. Women’s Open Golf
Patty officially retired from golf in 2006, but she remains one of the sport’s legends. She gave an interview with ESPN about life post-retirement and post-coming out in 2015, which you can read here!
Patty was born in Middlebury, Vermont on October 27, 1956.
She was an athletic prodigy right from the start and ranked as one of the top
junior snow skiers in U.S. by the time she was 13-years-old, but she eventually
started focusing her energy on golf when she entered high school. After
graduating high school, Patty went on to attend the University of Nevada and
San Jose State University, where she would earn a place in the Collegiate Golf
Hall of Fame.
She started her professional career in 1980 and won her
first major championship in 1983. The 1992 U.S. Women’s Open was her
fourth major championship win and it paved the way for her entrance into the LPGA
Hall of Fame a year later. In 1994, Patty won the U.S. Women’s Open once again and
also became the very first golfer to ever win both the U.S. and the British Open in the same year! Patty was one of the first professional LPGA
players to come out as a lesbian and has since married her wife, Rebecca Gaston,
and the two have adopted two children together.