Peggy Kirk Bell

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Peggy Kirk)
Jump to: navigation, search
Peggy Kirk Bell
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Margaret Anne Kirk Bell
Nickname Peggy
Born (1921-10-28) October 28, 1921 (age 92)
Findlay, Ohio
Height 5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Southern Pines, North Carolina
Spouse Warren "Bullet" Bell
Career
Turned professional 1950
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Western Open 2nd: 1950
Titleholders C'ship Won: 1949
LPGA Championship T3: 1958
U.S. Women's Open T5: 1952
Achievements and awards
Bob Jones Award 1990
LPGA Patty Berg Award 2013

Margaret Anne "Peggy" Kirk Bell (born October 28, 1921) is a former American professional golfer and golf instructor and is a strong advocate of women's golf.

Born in Findlay, Ohio, Peggy started playing golf at age 17. She took to the game immediately and quickly won a number of titles. She played college golf at Rollins College.[1] She played the ladies amateur tour in the 1940s before the development of a professional tour, winning three Ohio Amateurs and the 1949 Titleholders Championship and North and South Women's Amateur. She was also a member of the 1950 U.S. Curtis Cup team.

At that time she competed as Peggy Kirk, and in 1953 she married her high school sweetheart, Warren "Bullet" Bell, who had played professional basketball with the Fort Wayne Pistons before turning to business. Warren died in 1984.

In 1990, she was voted the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. She became the first woman voted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame in 2002.

Bell currently plays golf at the Pines Needles Resort in Southern Pines, North Carolina.[2] Her older daughter, Bonnie, is married to former PGA Tour member Pat McGowan.

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runners-up
1949 Titleholders Championship −1 (76-75-76-72=299) 2 strokes United States Patty Berg, United States Dorothy Kirby (a)

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

  • Curtis Cup (representing the United States): 1950 (winners)

References[edit]

External links[edit]