In celebration of Women’s History Month, the All-Marine Sports Program recognizes First Lieutenant Patricia “Patty” Berg, the first female inductee of the USMC Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

Patty Berg was a world renowned golfer and a trailblazer in the sport of women’s golf.

Born in Minneapolis in 1918, Berg’s ascent to golf stardom began with her victory at the 1934 Minneapolis City Championship amateur tournament. From there, she would go on to win a record 15 major championship titles, as well as 60 professional and 28 amateur tournaments, in her career.

While she was rising in the women’s golf world, she put her golf career on hold from 1942 to 1945 when she joined the Marine Corps. She was a Procurement Officer in the Eastern Procurement Division in Philadelphia, PA during World War II.

Berg was a founding member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and would serve as its first president from 1950 to 1952. She was awarded the Associated Press’ Athlete of the Year award in 1938, 1943, and 1955. Berg was inducted into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame in 1967, the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974, and the USMC Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

Patty Berg passed away in 2006 at the age of 88. Lieutenant Berg lived the values of our Corps as a leader in her sport and in her community. If you’re interested in following in Berg’s legacy, check out the All-Marine Sports program.