Catherine Lacoste Still Sets the Standard for French Golf

“She had a huge impact for women of my generation,” said Anne Marie Palli, 62, who in 1983 became the first European professional to win on the L.P.G.A. Tour, and she was also the first L.P.G.A. member from France.

“If she had not done what she did, I’m not sure I would have even considered coming to play as a professional in the United States,” added Palli, a two-time L.P.G.A. Tour winner who played from 1979 to 2003.

Marie-Laure de Lorenzi, a pro from France who won 19 tournaments on the Ladies European Tour, was later compared to Lacoste. She was the top-ranked European in the late 1980s and was the first French player on the European Solheim Cup team.

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Lacoste was the first French player to win one of the L.P.G.A.’s major championships.

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Karine Icher, the current top-ranked Frenchwoman at No. 44, said Lacoste “was probably a role model at that time for all young girls,” but she also allows that it has “been such a long time” since a female French golfer has flourished in a global spotlight.

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