Cynthia “Cindy” Hill, a South Haven native, made her mark as a U.S. Women’s Amateur champion before turning professional at age 31 and playing for 14 years on the LPGA Tour.
She won the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1974 after having lost the final twice before (1970 and ’72). She also won the 1975 North and South Women’s Amateur, and four times represented the U.S. in the Curtis Cup (1970, ’74, ’76 and ’78).
She played college golf at the University of Miami and was an All-American in 1969 and 1970. Her team won the AIAW Championship in 1970.
After turning professional via winning the LPGA Qualifying Tournament, she won twice on the LPGA Tour, in 1984 in Springfield, Ill., and 1987 in St. Petersburg, Fla. She played in several major championships with a best major finish of a tie for fourth in the 1981 U.S. Women’s Open.
Her 1974 win in the U.S. Women’s Amateur was featured in the Aug. 26 edition of Sports Illustrated magazine. It told the story of her march through six matches, including a 4 and 2 win over Debbie Massey in the semifinals and the final match win over World Golf Hall of Fame member Carol Semple (Thompson).