||Mae Louise Suggs
September 7, 1923 |
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
|| United States
||Delray Beach, Florida, U.S.
||LPGA Tour (co-founder)
|Number of wins by tour
||58 (5th all time)
|Best results in LPGA Major Championships
||Won: 1946, 1947, 1949, 1953
||Won: 1946, 1954, 1956, 1959
|Kraft Nabisco C'ship
|U.S. Women's Open
||Won: 1949, 1952
|Achievements and awards
|World Golf Hall of Fame
||1951 (member page)
|LPGA Vare Trophy
|Bob Jones Award
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
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, was the Southern Amateur Champion in 1941 and 1947, and won the North and South Women's Amateur three times (1942, 1946, 1948). She won the 1946 and 1947 Women's Western Amateur and the 1946 and 1947 Women's Western Open, which was designated as a major championship when the LPGA was founded. 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. She finished her amateur career representing the U.S. on the 1948 Curtis Cup Team.
 Professional career
After her successful amateur career, she turned professional in 1948 and went on to win 55 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.
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.
 Amateur wins
 Professional wins
 LPGA Tour wins (58)
- 1946 (2) Titleholders Championship, Women's Western Open (as an amateur)
- 1947 (1) Women's Western Open (as an amateur)
- 1948 (1) Belleair Open
- 1949 (4) 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 Trumball Open, San Antonio Civitan
- 1961 (5) Royal Poinciana Invitational, Golden Circle of Golf Festival, Dallas Civitan Open, Kansas City Open, San Antonio Civitan
- 1962 (1) St. Petersburg Open
LPGA majors are shown in bold.
 Other wins
 Major championships
 Wins (11)
 See also
 External links