|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Marlene Bauer Hagge|
February 16, 1934 |
Eureka, South Dakota
|Height||5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)|
|Residence||La Quinta, California|
|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|
|Kraft Nabisco C'ship||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)|
Female Athlete of the Year
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.
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.
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.
She married Bob Hagge, her sister Alice's ex-husband in late 1955. They divorced in 1964.
LPGA Tour wins (26)
- 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
|1956||LPGA Championship||−9 (69-73-73-76=291)||Playoff 1||Patty Berg|
1 Won on first hole of sudden-death playoff.
- "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.
- Golf World, March 2, 2009, p. 22