News sources FoxNews.com and ProGolfInsider.com. Daytona Beach Florida. Bettye Danoff who is one of the 13 founders of the Ladies Professional Golfers Association (LPGA) died Thursday in Texas. Danoff was 88 years of age. Danoff was nicknamed "Mighty Mite" because she was 5 feet 2 inches of height and weighed 100 pounds during her playing days.
LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement of Danoff after he got the news she has passed away "Because of her courage, and the wisdom/belief of many others that followed our founders, we all get to participate in a fantastic business and game."
Danoff traveled to golf events with her three children since they were no child care programs during her playing days. Danoff started playing golf at age six when her parents bought a nine hole golf course and a driving range
Danoff was a native of Dallas Texas and was a medalist in the 1948 US Women's Amateur Championship. Before she turned professional she played exhibition golf matches with golf legend Byron Nelson.
After Danoff's husband Doctor Clyde Walter Danoff died in 1961, Bettye was limited to playing LPGA golf tournaments in Texas and Oklahoma so she could raise her children. Bettye was the first grandmother to play in the LPGA.
Bettye is being remembered as a pioneer who opened the doors for women golfer to play this sport. May her soul find eternal peace at last.