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amateur

(Encyclopedia)amateur, in sports, one who engages in athletic competition without material recompense. Upper-class Englishmen in the 19th cent. used the concept to help define their social status, first applying th...

professional

(Encyclopedia)professional, in athletics: see amateur. ...

Suggs, Louise

(Encyclopedia)Suggs, Louise (Mae Louise Suggs), 1923–2015, American golfer, b. Atlanta, Ga. A successful amateur golfer as a teenager, she turned professional in 1948 after winning several amateur and other champ...

Jones, Robert Tyre, Jr.

(Encyclopedia)Jones, Robert Tyre, Jr. (Bobby Jones), 1902–71, American golfer, b. Atlanta, Ga. A lawyer, he became a golf devotee. Jones won the National Open (1923, 1926, 1929–30), the National Amateur (1924...

Orcutt, Maureen

(Encyclopedia)Orcutt, Maureen, 1907–2007, American amateur golf champion and sportswriter, b. New York City. The daughter of a journalist and a woman golfer, she began playing golf at the age of seven. A superb l...

Berg, Patty

(Encyclopedia)Berg, Patty (Patricia Jane Berg), 1918–2006, American golfer, b. Minneapolis, Minn. She was a leading amateur during the 1930s, winning 29 titles before turning professional in 1940. After serving i...

Stevenson, Teófilo

(Encyclopedia)Stevenson, Teófilo, 1952–2012, Cuban heavyweight boxer, b. Puerto Padre. One of the greatest amateur boxers ever to enter the ring, he won gold medals at the Munich (1972), Montreal (1976), and Mos...

Dye, Pete

(Encyclopedia)Dye, Pete (Paul Dye, Jr.), 1925–2020, American golf course architect, often regarded as the father of modern golf course architecture, b. Urbana, Ohio. He was a successful amateur golfer and an insu...

Didrikson, Babe

(Encyclopedia)Didrikson, Babe (Mildred Didrikson) dēˈdrĭksən [key], 1913–56, American athlete, generally considered the greatest woman athlete of modern times, b. Port Arthur, Tex. At an early age Babe Didrik...

hockey, ice

(Encyclopedia)hockey, ice, team sport in which players use sticks to propel a hard, round disk into a net-backed goal. The NHL long regarded itself as the world's elite, but the overwhelming superiority of the ...

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