(born January 19
in Laurel, Mississippi
) is a retired American
. She became a member of the LPGA Tour
in 1962 and won 3 major championships
and nine LPGA Tour victories in all.
Mills began playing golf at age 11 and her instructor was Johnny Revolta
, an 18-time PGA Tour
winner and PGA Championship
victor. Beginning in 1954, she reeled off eight consecutive wins in the Mississippi State Amateur. She attended Millsaps College
where she was the No. 1 golfer - on the men's team - all four years. She turned pro and joined the LPGA Tour in 1962, and earned LPGA Rookie of the Year
Mills posted multiple wins in three different seasons on tour, and was in the Top 10 on the money list five times, with a high finish of sixth in 1973. She won the U.S. Women's Open
in 1963 and the LPGA Championship
in 1964 and 1973. She continued playing a full LPGA Tour schedule into the 1980s. She also continued her education. A philosophy major at Millsaps, she returned to school in the 1990s to earn a master's degree in landscape architecture from Florida International University
. She puts that degree to use these days designing golf courses. She is also a well-regarded golf instructor.
LPGA Tour wins (9)
LPGA Majors are shown in bold.