2012 LPGA Pioneers - Peggy Kirk Bell

Peggy Kirk Bell is a charter member of the LPGA. Bell started playing golf at the age of 18. Although she never won a professional tournament, she was one of the best amateur golfers in the country. In her amateur years, Bell took honors in the 1947, 1948 and 1949 Ohio State Championship, won the North and South Championship and Titleholders Championship in 1949 and the Eastern Amateur in 1950. In 1950, Bell turned professional. She scored a hole-in-one in the LPGA Championship of 1965.

Bell finished her career and started writing articles for Golf Magazine. In 1966, she wrote a book called "Women's Way to Better Golf." She is the recipient of the 1990 Bob Jones Award, which is the most prestigious award given by the USGA in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. She was the first woman voted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame in 2002 and won the 2007 PGA First Lady of Golf Award. Bell as owned and operated the Pine Needles Lodge and Country Club in Southern Pines, N.C.--home of the 1996, 2001 and 2007 U.S. Women's Open--for over 55 years and continues to run the resort.

Topics: Bell, Peggy Kirk, LPGA Founders Cup

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