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Name: Nancy Lopez                                                                   
Born: 6 January 1957                                                               
Nancy Lopez (born January 6, 1957) is an American professional golfer. She is       
one of the most accomplished women in the history of professional women's golf.     
Lopez was born in Torrance, California into a Mexican-American family. She is       
also known as Nancy Lopez-Knight, since her marriage to former Major League         
baseball player Ray Knight. From 1980 to 1981 she competed as Nancy Lopez-Melton.   
She resides in Albany, Georgia.                                                     
Lopez won the New Mexico Women's Amateur at the age of 12 and went on to win the   
U.S. Girls' Junior Championship twice, in 1972 and in 1974. She won the Western     
Junior three times and the Mexican Amateur in 1975. In 1975, Lopez qualified for   
the U.S. Women's Open as an amateur and finished in a tie for second. 1976, as a   
student at the University of Tulsa, she won the Association of Intercollegiate     
Athletics for Women (AIAW) National Championship and was a member of the U.S.       
Curtis Cup and World Amateur teams. At the University of Tulsa, Lopez was named     
a 1976 All-American and the university‚Äôs Female Athlete of the Year.             
In her rookie year on the LPGA Tour, Lopez won nine tournaments, and was named     
Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in the same season. This feat has not     
been repeated to date. She has won a total of 48 official LPGA tournaments and 4   
unofficial events. She was a member of the United States Solheim Cup team in       
1990 and was captain of the team in 2005.                                           
Lopez retired from regular tournament play in 2002, and then attempted a return     
in 2007. In her return season she played six tournaments, failed to make the cut   
in any of the tournaments and only broke 80 in three of the 12 rounds.