Betsy Rawls, a women's golf pioneer who won eight majors, has died at the age of 95.

She won 55 LPGA tournaments, including four U.S. Women's Opens, and served as an administrator for the sport.

Betsy Rawls, who joined the Ladies Professional Golf Association in the early 1950s

when it was still in its infancy, and helped spark interest in the circuit while winning a record-setting four U.S. Women's Open titles and serving as an executive and tournament director, died Oct. 21 at her home in Lewes, Del.

She was 95 years old

The LPGA acknowledged her death, but no cause was given.

Ms. Rawls' short game was superb, with inventive, devastatingly accurate chipping and putts that enabled her avoid problems on the golf course and win.

While she was never renowned as a strong hitter, when she drove well, she typically won 

who joined the LPGA a few years after Ms. Rawls and went on to become the winningest player in golf history

in a 2000 interview with the Springfield, Ill.-based State Journal-Register. 

She was already renowned as an administrator at the time.

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