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PASSINGS: Bettye Danoff

Bettye Danoff, 88, a Texas golfer who was one of the LPGA Tour's 13 founding members and the first grandmother to play the tour, died Thursday in Texas, the tour announced. No cause was given.

At 5 feet 2 and barely 100 pounds, Danoff earned the nickname "Mighty Mite." Before the formation of the LPGA Tour, she beat sports great Babe Zaharias 1-up as an amateur in the final of the 1947 Texas Women's Open to end Zaharias' 17-tournament winning streak.

Danoff won four straight Dallas Women's Golf Assn. Championships from 1945 to '48, the women's division of the Texas PGA in 1945 and '46 and the Texas Women's Amateur in 1947 and '48. The Texan, winless on the LPGA...

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