A Detroit native, Lauer was an All-American at Michigan State University in 1973, the same year in which she won the National Collegiate Championship, the forerunner to the NCAA Championship.
She also reached the semifinals of the United States Women’s Amateur Championship in ‘73 and was selected to the 1974 United States Curtis Cup team. She helped the U.S. to a 13-5 victory over Great Britain and Ireland.
After turning professional in 1975, Lauer earned LPGA Rookie of the Year honors in 1976, and in 1977 won her first LPGA tournament – the Patty Berg Classic.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in both hands forced surgery in 1983 but Lauer rebounded from that setback with her best season in 1985. That year she won the Uniden LPGA Invitational and was 16th on the money list.
She reached the top level in service to the game, too, being elected LPGA President in 1988.