Kane County History: Meet Batavia’s Sharron Moran, LPGA Star, ‘Most Beautiful Golfer’ of 1966
- Editor’s Note: This article is part of a weekly series on Kane County’s amazing history. Today’s article was contributed by Jennifer Putzier, director of the Batavia Depot Museum.
In the late 1960s, Batavian Sharron Moran was taking the field of ladies’ professional golf by storm. Sharron Moran, a 1960 graduate of Batavia High School, started playing golf at the age of 13.
During high school, she competed, and won, many local titles in both Batavia and Aurora. After high school, she went to college, attending University of Arizona (’64) and San Diego State (’65) and earning a B.A. in Social Sciences and M.A. in Secondary Education.
Moran continued to play and improve her game, and joined the Ladies Professional Golf Association in 1967. In her debut professional year, she was named Rookie of the Year.
Beyond her golf game, Moran’s looks and intelligence made her a sports celebrity.
According to Vault Magazine in 1967 “Sharron Moran is … the brightest of the bright young things making women’s professional golf a game more and more worth watching.”
She was named “Most Beautiful Golfer” in 1966 by Golf Magazine, and was a trendsetter in golf fashions. In 1971, she also wrote a book “Golf is a Woman’s Game, or How to be a Swinger on the Fairway.”
A set of signature Sharron Moran golf club and balls were produced to capitalize on this fame and greater interest in ladies golf, which we are fortunate to have examples of in the Depot’s collection.
Moran toured with the LPGA for about 10 years, before having her first child in 1977.
Today, Moran is still active in golf, giving lessons at the Bird Golf Academy in Palm Springs, California.
About the Batavia Depot Museum
The Batavia Depot Museum opened in 1975 as a partnership between the Batavia Park District and the Batavia Historical Society. The Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad Depot was the first of its kind built in 1854, and is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.
Inside, the city’s past comes alive through exhibits detailing the history of rail transportation, manufacture of windmills, agriculture, banking, commerce and a brief stay by Mary Todd Lincoln at Bellevue Place. Open seasonally, March through November. Hours are 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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