Home Holmes Beach, Fla.
Family Single; fourth of 10 children
Mentor Family friend and amateur star, Ceil MacLaurin
Turned pro 1974
Victories 18, including 1977, '78 and '84 U.S. Women's Open and '83 du Maurier Classic
Other accomplishments Only player to win three U.S. Girls' Juniors (1969, '70 and '71); member of '72 Curtis Cup team
I first met Hollis during a playoff at the 1968 U.S. Girls' Junior in Flint, Mich. Six girls—Hollis, Pat Bradley, Janet Coles, Martha Jett, Louise Stekoll and I—were battling for the final two spots in match play. Hollis was a giddy, gangly girl with a bucket hat, a half glove and Hush Puppies. On the first hole she topped a few shots and was eliminated. She was only 14, but she remained unflappably positive through each dribbled shot and rebounded to win the tournament for the next three years. That was typical Hollis: Nothing fazed her. Indeed, the harder the conditions and the more intense the pressure, the stronger she got. Those qualities helped her win all those USGA titles.
Hollis and I became best friends on the amateur and college circuits, and she took me under her wing when I joined the LPGA. We often traveled together, she helped me get tournament invitations, and she really knew how to calm my jitters. At an event in Japan, I couldn't find my caddie. In the locker room Hollis said, "Go outside. Your caddie is the woman with the blue shirt and big white hat." I went out and saw 25 ladies in blue shirts and white hats, and I broke into laughter.