Perhaps the greatest female amateur in American golf history, Carol Semple Thompson hails from a golf family of excellent players and deep ties to the United States Golf Association. He father, Bud Semple, served as USGA President in 1974-75, and her mother, Phyllis, was a longtime member of the USGA Women’s Committee.
Semple Thompson won seven USGA championships. She won the 1973 U.S. Women’s Amateur, the 1990 and 1997 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and four consecutive U.S. Senior Women’s Amateurs from 1999-2002. She is part of an elite group of five players to win three different USGA Championships along with Arnold Palmer, JoAnne Carner, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, and she was selected to participate in the Curtis Cup a record twelve times in which she amassed an 18-15-4 record.
In seemingly every major amateur competition conducted in the region where she was a participant, Semple Thompson came through.
Two of her titles, the 1990 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and the 2001 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, were won at Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley.
In the 2002 Curtis Cup, she holed a long putt on the 18th green at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh to capture the winning point for the United States.
She won the Ladies British Amateur in 1974 was selected to participate in the Curtis Cup a record twelve times. She also won the Pennsylvania State Women’s Amateur 22 times and the Women’s Western Pennsylvania Championship 15 times. She served on the USGA Executive Committee from 1994-2000, and in 2003 she was awarded the Bob Jones Award by the USGA.
Semple Thompson was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2008.