Mae Louise Suggs (September 7, 1923 – August 7, 2015) was an American professional golfer, one of the founders of the LPGA Tour and thus modern ladies' golf.[1][2]

Louise Suggs
Suggs in 1958
Personal information
Full nameMae Louise Suggs
Born(1923-09-07)September 7, 1923
Atlanta, Georgia
DiedAugust 7, 2015(2015-08-07) (aged 91)
Sarasota, Florida
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Sporting nationality United States
ResidenceDelray Beach, Florida, U.S.
Turned professional1948
Former tour(s)LPGA Tour (co-founder)
Professional wins61
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour61 (4th all time)
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 11)
Western OpenWon: 1946, 1947, 1949, 1953
Titleholders C'shipWon: 1946, 1954, 1956, 1959
Chevron ChampionshipCUT: 1983
Women's PGA C'shipWon: 1957
U.S. Women's OpenWon: 1949, 1952
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame1951 (member page)
Money Winner
1953, 1960
LPGA Vare Trophy1957
Patty Berg Award2000
Bob Jones Award2007

Amateur career edit

Born in Atlanta, Suggs had a very successful amateur career, beginning as a teenager. She won the Georgia State Amateur in 1940 at age 16 and again in 1942,[3] was the Southern Amateur Champion in 1941 and 1947,[4] and won the North and South Women's Amateur three times (1942, 1946, 1948).[5] She won the 1946 and 1947 Women's Western Amateur[6] and the 1946 and 1947 Women's Western Open, which was designated as a major championship when the LPGA was founded.[7] She also won the 1946 Titleholders Championship which was also subsequently designated as a women's major. She won the 1947 U.S. Women's Amateur and the next year won the British Ladies Amateur.[5] She finished her amateur career representing the United States on the 1948 Curtis Cup Team.[8]

Professional career edit

After her successful amateur career, she turned professional in 1948 and went on to win 58[9] additional professional tournaments, with a total of 11 majors. Her prowess on the golf course is reflected in the fact that from 1950 to 1960 she was only once out of the top 3 in the season-ending money list. Suggs' victory in the 1957 LPGA Championship made her the first LPGA player to complete a career Grand Slam.[10]

Suggs was an inaugural inductee into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame, established in 1967, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1979. She was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1966.[11]

She was one of the co-founders of the LPGA in 1950, which included her two great rivals of the time, Patty Berg and Babe Zaharias. Suggs served as the organization's president from 1955 to 1957.

Honors edit

The Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, given annually to the most accomplished first-year player on the LPGA Tour, is named in her honor. In 2006 Suggs was named the 2007 recipient of the Bob Jones Award, given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. In February 2015 she became one of the first female members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.[12]

Amateur wins edit

Professional wins edit

LPGA Tour wins (61) edit

LPGA majors are shown in bold.

Major championships edit

Wins (11) edit

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1946 Titleholders Championship +14 (80-77-77-80=314) 2 strokes   Eileen Stulb
1946 Women's Western Open 2 up   Patty Berg
1947 Women's Western Open 4 & 2   Dorothy Kirby (a)
1949 U.S. Women's Open −9 (69-75-77-70=291) 14 strokes   Babe Zaharias
1949 Women's Western Open 5 & 4   Betty Jameson
1952 U.S. Women's Open +8 (70-69-70-75=284) 7 strokes   Marlene Hagge,   Betty Jameson
1953 Women's Western Open 6 & 5   Patty Berg
1954 Titleholders Championship +5 (73-71-76-73=293) 7 strokes   Patty Berg
1956 Titleholders Championship +14 (78-75-75-74=302) 1 stroke   Patty Berg
1957 LPGA Championship +5 (69-74-74-68=285) 3 strokes   Wiffi Smith
1959 Titleholders Championship +9 (78-73-75-71=297) 1 stroke   Betsy Rawls


Team appearances edit


See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "LPGA Founder Louise Suggs Passes Away at Age 91". LPGA. August 6, 2015.
  2. ^ "About the LPGA - Our Founders". LPGA.
  3. ^ "History of the GWGA". Georgia Women's Golf Association. Archived from the original on 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2007-04-15.
  4. ^ "WSGA Champions 1911–2004". Women's Southern Golf Association. Archived from the original on 2007-09-20. Retrieved 2007-04-15.
  5. ^ a b "Louise Suggs Full Career Bio" (PDF). LPGA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-04-15.
  6. ^ "Amateur Championship Winners 1901–2003". Women's Western Golf Association. Archived from the original on 2007-09-18. Retrieved 2007-04-15.
  7. ^ "Women's Western Open - Winners". About Golf. Archived from the original on 2006-03-23. Retrieved 2007-04-15.
  8. ^ "Previous Curtis Cup Matches 1932–2002". United States Golf Association. Retrieved 2007-04-15.
  9. ^ Nichols, Beth Ann (July 23, 2013). "Biographer adds 3 missing titles to Suggs' resume". Golfweek.
  10. ^ Litsky, Frank (August 7, 2015). "Louise Suggs, Golf Pioneer, Dies at 91; Helped Found the Women's Pro Tour". The New York Times. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  11. ^ "Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Members by Year" (PDF). Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 5, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  12. ^ "Princess Royal among first women to join St Andrews". BBC Sport. February 10, 2015.

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