Peggy Kirk Bell
|Peggy Kirk Bell|
|Full name||Margaret Anne Kirk Bell|
October 28, 1921|
Findlay, Ohio, U. S.
|Died||November 23, 2016
Southern Pines, North Carolina, U.S.
|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|
|Women's PGA C'ship||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 (October 28, 1921 – November 23, 2016) was an American professional golfer and golf instructor known for her strong advocacy 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 was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. 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 owned the Pines Needles Resort in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Her older daughter, Bonnie, is married to former PGA Tour member Pat McGowan. She died there in November 2016 at the age of 95.
|1949||Titleholders Championship||−1 (76-75-76-72=299)||2 strokes||Patty Berg, Dorothy Kirby (a)|
- Curtis Cup (representing the United States): 1950 (winners)
- Rollins women's golf history
- Peggy Kirk Bell - North Carolina's First Lady of Golf
- DeCock, Luke (November 24, 2016). "A titan of the Sandhills, Peggy Kirk Bell was a golf original". The News & Observer. Raleigh, North Carolina.
- "Longtime top amateur Peggy Kirk Bell, a proponent for women's golf, dies at 95". ESPN. Associated press. November 24, 2016.