Full name Mae Louise Suggs
September 7, 1923
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Delray Beach, Florida, U.S.
Turned professional 1948
LPGA Tour (co-founder)
Professional wins 61
Number of wins by tour
4th all time)
Best results in LPGA major championships
Won: 1946, 1947, 1949, 1953
Won: 1946, 1954, 1956, 1959
Kraft Nabisco C'ship CUT: 1983
U.S. Women's Open
Won: 1949, 1952
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 1951
( member page)
Money Winner 1953, 1960
LPGA Vare Trophy 1957
Bob Jones Award 2007
Mae Louise Suggs (born September 7, 1923) is a retired American professional golfer, one of the founders of the LPGA Tour and thus modern ladies' golf.
Amateur career [ edit ]
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, was the Southern Amateur Champion in 1941 and 1947, [1 ] and won the [2 ] North and South Women's Amateur three times (1942, 1946, 1948). She won the 1946 and 1947 [3 ] Women's Western Amateur and the 1946 and 1947 [4 ] Women's Western Open, which was designated as a major championship when the LPGA was founded. She also won the 1946 [5 ] 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. She finished her amateur career representing the [3 ] U.S. on the 1948 Curtis Cup Team. [6 ]
Professional career [ edit ]
After her successful amateur career, she turned professional in
1948 and went on to win 58 professional tournaments, including 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 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 is also a member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
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.
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.
Amateur wins [ edit ]
Professional wins [ edit ]
LPGA Tour wins (61) [ edit ]
, Titleholders Championship (as an amateur), Pro-Lady Victory National Championship (as an amateur, with Women's Western Open Ben Hogan) 1947 (1)
(as an amateur) Women's Western Open 1948 (1) Belleair Open
, U.S. Women's Open , Women's Western Open All American Open, Muskegon Invitational
1950 (2) Chicago Weathervane, New York Weathervane
1951 (1) Carrollton Georgia Open
1952 (6) Jacksonville Open, Tampa Open, Stockton Open, , U.S. Women's Open All American Open, Betty Jameson Open
1953 (9) Tampa Open, Betsy Rawls Open, Phoenix Weathervane (tied with Patty Berg), San Diego Open, Bakersfield Open, San Francisco Weathervane, Philadelphia Weathervane, 144 Hole Weathervane, Women's Western Open
1954 (5) Sea Island Open, , Titleholders Championship Betsy Rawls Open, Carrollton Georgia Open, Babe Zaharias Open
1955 (5) Los Angeles Open, Oklahoma City Open, Eastern Open, Triangle Round Robin, St. Louis Open
1956 (3) Havana Open, , Titleholders Championship All American Open
1957 (2) , LPGA Championship Heart of America Invitational
1958 (4) Babe Zaharias Open, Gatlinburg Open, Triangle Round Robin, French Lick Open
1959 (3) St. Petersburg Open, , Titleholders Championship Dallas Civitan Open
1960 (4) Dallas Civitan Open, Triangle Round Robin, Youngstown Kitchens Trumbull Open, San Antonio Civitan
1961 (7) Naples Pro-Am, Royal Poinciana Invitational, Golden Circle of Golf Festival, Dallas Civitan Open, Kansas City Open, San Antonio Civitan, Sea Island Open
1962 (1) St. Petersburg Open
majors are shown in bold.
Major championships [ edit ]
Wins (11) [ edit ]
Team appearances [ edit ]
Curtis Cup (representing the United States): 1948 (winners)
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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