Peggy Kirk Bell
|Peggy Kirk Bell|
|Full name||Margaret Anne Kirk Bell|
October 28, 1921 |
|Height||5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)|
|Residence||Southern Pines, North Carolina|
|Spouse||Warren "Bullet" Bell|
|Former tour(s)||LPGA Tour|
|Best results in LPGA Major Championships
|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|
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. 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.
|1949||Titleholders Championship||–1 (76-75-76-72=299)||2 strokes||Patty Berg, Dorothy Kirby (a)|
- Curtis Cup (representing the United States): 1950 (winners)
- Peggy Kirk Bell at the LPGA Tour official site
- Tribute to Peggy Kirk Bell
- Peggy Kirk Bell Girl's Golf Tour
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