Marlene Hagge

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Marlene Hagge
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Marlene Bauer Hagge
Born (1934-02-16) February 16, 1934 (age 80)
Eureka, South Dakota
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence La Quinta, California
Career
Turned professional 1950
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour (Founder)
Professional wins 26
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 26
Best results in LPGA major championships
(Wins: 1)
Western Open 2nd: 1965
Titleholders C'ship 3rd: 1957
ANA Inspiration T26: 1987
LPGA Championship Won: 1956
U.S. Women's Open T2: 1952
du Maurier Classic T25: 1981
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2002 (member page)
Associated Press
Female Athlete of the Year
1949
LPGA Tour
Money Winner
1956
Commissioner's Award
(LPGA Founders)
2000

Marlene Hagge (born February 16, 1934), née Bauer, is an American former 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.

Amateur career[edit]

Hagge was born in Eureka, South Dakota and had a progressively successful amateur experience. She started playing golf at age 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 championships, 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, was voted into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame through the Veteran's Category in and was officially inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Her final competitive appearance came in 1981.

Personal[edit]

She married Bob Hagge, her sister Alice's ex-husband in late 1955.[1] They divorced in 1964.

Hagge was married to former PGA Tour golfer Ernie Vossler from 1995 until his death on February 16, 2013. They lived in La Quinta, California, where she remains.[2]

Professional wins[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (26)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
1956 LPGA Championship −9 (69-73-73-76=291) Playoff 1 United States Patty Berg

1 Won on first hole of sudden-death playoff.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Golfer Marlene Bauer Marries Man Divorced By Her Sister, Alice". St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, Florida). Associated Press. December 7, 1955. pp. 1, 14. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ Golf World, March 2, 2009, p. 22

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