Phoenician won at almost every level in Arizona, then turned pro at age 20

2011-05-24T00:00:00Z 2011-11-02T14:57:15Z Phoenician won at almost every level in Arizona, then turned pro at age 20 Arizona Daily Star
May 24, 2011 12:00 am

In celebration of Arizona's centennial, the Star will feature our picks for the 100 best athletes, moments and teams. Throughout the summer, we will showcase our list - with the first 90 in no particular order. In August, columnist Greg Hansen will choose his top 10, with a column on each.

Heather Farr

Achievements

One of the greatest golfers in state history, Farr won at nearly every level before dying of breast cancer at age 28.

She won the Arizona amateurs as a teenager and the PGA juniors at age 17, took three state championships at Phoenix's Xavier College Prep and was a two-time All-American at Arizona State.

Farr joined the LPGA Tour in 1985 at age 20 and enjoyed success on the tour before being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989. She underwent a mastectomy and endured both chemotherapy and radiation treatments before dying Nov. 20, 1993.

Farr, an inaugural inductee in the Arizona High School Sports Hall of Fame, remains one of the most influential female golfers in Arizona history.

The American Junior Golf Association's annual tournament at the Longbow Golf Club in Mesa bears her name; the 13th annual Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic was held last month.

The Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale erected a life-sized statue of Farr on hole No. 1, which they renamed "Farrview." The forward tees at Grayhawk are named the "Heather Tees" in her honor.

Hometown

Phoenix

By the numbers

20. Farr was just 20 years old, the youngest in her Q-School class, when she qualified for the LPGA Tour on her first try.

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