Stacy, Hollis - Golf, 1978
As an amateur golfer, Stacy won her first Women’s City title at age thirteen in 1967 and took the same crown a year later by an overwhelming 23 strokes. In 1969, she became the second youngest golfer to win the State Amateur Championship at age fifteen. Her greatest amateur moments came from 1969-71, when she captured a record three straight U.S. Junior Girls titles, once again breaking the record for the youngest champion in this event as well. Stacy also won the 1970 North and South Women’s Amateur Championship.
In 1974, the Savannah native earned her professional tour card; and ten times placed in the top twenty for professional events the following year. In 1976, Stacy placed second three times and was ranked 16th on the LPGA money list with $34,842 in earnings. Her first tour victory came the next year in the Lady Tara Classic, followed several months later by the U.S. Women’s Open crown. Six weeks later, Stacy smashed Kathy Whitworth’s eleven year record for low 72-hole total with a 17-under par 271 at the Rail Muscular Dystrophy Gold Classic in Springfield, Illinois.
At the finish of 1977, Stacy teamed with Jerry Patee to win the Pepsi-Cola Mixed Team Championship. With near $90,000 in earnings, she was among the top players on tour with twelve top ten finishes. She received runner-up for Most Improved Player Award and was named the All-American Putter.
Continuing the hot pace in 1978, Stacy won the Birmingham Classic and her second consecutive Open title. She lost by sudden death at the American Defender Classic and Lady Tara Classic. Stacy was the third woman to be inducted into the Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978.