Sport: A New Star Lights Women's Golf

Despite a quirky swing, Nancy Lopez is the pro to beat

It began as a frolic in the grass for seven-year-old Nancy Lopez, tagging along behind her parents on weekend outings at the Roswell, N. Mex., public golf course. After a year of child's play, Nancy borrowed one of her mother's clubs and started to swipe at the ball. While her father, a self-taught 3-handicap golfer, trudged up the fairways, Nancy stayed behind, as she recalls, "hitting and hitting and hitting, struggling to stay ahead of the next group of grownups." Tournament golf knows...

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