Martha Nause

Martha Nause (born September 10, 1954) is an American professional golfer. She is a three-time winner on the LPGA tour, including one major championship, the 1994 du Maurier Classic.

American golfer
Martha Nause
Personal information
Full name Martha Nause
Born (1954-09-10) September 10, 1954 (age 67)
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Sporting nationality  United States
College St. Olaf College
Turned professional 1978
Retired 1999
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour (1978–1999)
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 3
Other 1
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 1)
ANA Inspiration T6: 1991
Women’s PGA C’ship T10: 1981
U.S. Women’s Open 8th: 1987
du Maurier Classic Won: 1994
Achievements and awards
Heather Farr Player Award 1996

Nause was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She attended St. Olaf College and her rookie year on the LPGA Tour was 1978.

Nause’s other tour wins were the 1991 LPGA Chicago Sun-Times Shoot-Out and the 1988 Planters Pat Bradley International. She played on winning teams for the USA against Japan in the Nichirei Cup in 1988, 1991 and 1994. Her best money list finish was 19th in 1988. Her last full season on the tour was 1999 and she later became a college golf coach.

Nause also played on the Legends Tour. In 2006, she won the Hy-Vee Classic on the Legends Tour and was the tour’s leading money earner. She played in the U.S. Women’s Open in 2008 and 2010 and the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open in 2018.

Nause coached the Macalester College men’s and women’s golf teams from 2000 to 2012 and was named 2006-07 MIAC Women’s Golf Coach of the Year after guiding the Scots to their best finish ever. She coached numerous All-Conference and NCAA Division III championship golfers, including four All-Americans.[1]

She was the first woman inducted into the St. Olaf College Athletic Hall of Fame.[2] Nause was also inducted into the Wisconsin Golf Hall of Fame in 1995.[3]

Nause was a long-time student of golf instructor Manuel de la Torre.

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LPGA Tour major championships (1)
Other LPGA Tour (2)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Aug 6, 1988 Planters Pat Bradley International 14 points 1 point Judy Dickinson
Debbie Massey
2 Aug 25, 1991 LPGA Chicago Sun-Times Shoot-Out –13 (68-73-69-65=275) 1 stroke Kris Monaghan
3 Aug 28, 1994 du Maurier Classic –9 (65-71-72-71=279) 1 stroke Michelle McGann

LPGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1996 HealthSouth Inaugural Jane Geddes
Karrie Webb
Webb won with par on fourth extra hole
Nause eliminated by par on first hole

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