Marlene Hagge (née Bauer; February 16, 1934 – May 16, 2023) was an American professional golfer. She was one of the thirteen founders of the LPGA in 1950. She won one major championship and 26 LPGA Tour career events. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
|Full name||Marlene Bauer Hagge|
|Born||February 16, 1934|
Eureka, South Dakota, U.S.
|Died||May 16, 2023 (aged 89)|
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)|
|Sporting nationality||United States|
|Residence||La Quinta, California, U.S.|
|Former tour(s)||LPGA Tour (Founder)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in LPGA major championships|
|Western Open||2nd: 1965|
|Titleholders C'ship||3rd: 1957|
|Chevron Championship||T26: 1987|
|Women's PGA C'ship||Won: 1956|
|U.S. Women's Open||T2: 1952|
|du Maurier Classic||T25: 1981|
|Achievements and awards|
Amateur career edit
Hagge was born in Eureka, South Dakota on February 16, 1934. She had a progressively successful amateur experience, starting to play golf from the age of 3. At age 10, she won the Long Beach City Boys Junior. At age 13, she won the Western and National Junior Championships, the Los Angeles Women's City Championship, the Palm Springs Women's Championship, Northern California Open and the Indio Women's Invitational. In 1947, at age 13, she became the youngest player to make the cut at the U.S. Women's Open and finished eighth. In 1949, at the age of 15, she became the youngest athlete ever to be named Associated Press Athlete of the Year, Golfer of the Year and Teenager of the Year, and she won the U.S. Girls' Junior and the WWGA Junior titles.
Professional career edit
Hagge was the youngest of the thirteen women who founded the LPGA in 1950, and remains the youngest ever member of the LPGA Tour. Her older sister, Alice Bauer, was also a founder. She won her first tournament in 1952 at the Sarasota Open. She would go on to win a total of 26 events on the LPGA Tour, including one major championship, the 1956 LPGA Championship. That year, she was also the tour's leading money winner and led the tour in wins with eight. In 2002, she was voted into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame through the Veteran's Category and was officially inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Her final competitive appearance on the LPGA Tour came in 1996.
Personal life and death edit
Professional wins edit
LPGA Tour wins (26) edit
- 1952 (2) Sarasota Open, Bakersfield Open (tied with Betty Jameson, Betsy Rawls and Babe Zaharias)
- 1954 (1) New Orleans Open
- 1956 (8) Sea Island Open, Babe Zaharias Open, Pittsburgh Open, Triangle Round Robin, LPGA Championship, World Championship, Denver Open, Clock Open
- 1957 (2) Babe Zaharias Open, Lawton Open
- 1958 (2) Lake Worth Open Invitational, Land of Sky Open
- 1959 (2) Mayfair Open, Hoosier Open
- 1963 (1) Sight Open
- 1964 (1) Mickey Wright Invitational
- 1965 (5) Babe Zaharias Open, Milwaukee Open, Phoenix Thunderbirds Open, LPGA Tall City Open, Alamo Open
- 1969 (1) Stroh's-WBLY Open
- 1972 (1) Burdine's Invitational
Major championships edit
Wins (1) edit
|1956||LPGA Championship||−9 (69-73-73-76=291)||Playoff 1||Patty Berg|
1 Won on first hole of sudden-death playoff.
See also edit
- "About the LPGA - Our Founders". LPGA.
- "What's My Line?". CBS. Archived from the original on December 13, 2021. Retrieved June 21, 2020.
- "Golfer Marlene Bauer Marries Man Divorced By Her Sister, Alice". St. Petersburg Times. Florida. Associated Press. December 7, 1955. pp. 1, 14. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Golf World, March 2, 2009, p. 22
- Goldstein, Richard (May 17, 2023). "Marlene Bauer Hagge, Last of the L.P.G.A.'s Founders, Dies at 89". The New York Times. Retrieved May 17, 2023.
- "Marlene Hagge-Vossler, last surviving LPGA founder, dies at 89". Associated Press News. May 17, 2023. Retrieved May 17, 2023.