Marlene Hagge

United States

5'2"

1950

$454,407.00

Race to CME Globe

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Marlene Hagge Bio

5’2”...Started playing golf at age 3 under the eye of her father Dave...Is a health nut who eats mostly natural foods and takes up to 50 vitamin pills per day...Recognized during the LPGA’s 50th Anniversary in 2000 as one of the LPGA’s top-50 players and teachers...Maiden name is Bauer...Competed as Marlene Bauer from 1950-56...Her late sister Alice Bauer also was a founder of the LPGA.

Career

  • One of 13 founders of the LPGA.
  • In 2002, was voted into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame through the Veteran’s Category in February and was officially inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Nov. 15.
  • Played competitively on the LPGA Tour during each of the LPGA’s first five decades.
  • In 2001, along with fellow LPGA Founder Shirley Spork, was awarded the Executive Women’s Golf Association’s Leadership Award.
  • In 1997, played in the Sprint Titleholders Senior Challenge, where she placed ninth.
  • In 1996, competed in just four events and placed sixth at the Sprint Titleholders Senior Challenge.
  • Finished eighth, tied for fourth, third and tied for fifth in the Sprint Senior Challenge in 1995, 1994, 1993 and 1992, respectively.
  • In 1986, recorded the sixth ace of her LPGA career at the Uniden LPGA Invitational.
  • In 1971, set a nine-hole scoring record of 29 at the Lem Immke Buick Open in Columbus, Ohio; that record stood for 13 years before Pat Bradley and Mary Beth Zimmerman recorded 28s in 1984; in the same event, carded a career-low 65 in the first round.
  • Recorded 26 victories between 1952 and 1972.
  • In 1956, was the leading money winner with more than $20,000 and eight victories, including the LPGA Championship, her only major championship title, and nine second-place finishes; Hagge is the second-youngest player in LPGA history (behind Nancy Lopez) to win 10 titles (22 years, 6 months and 10 days old at the 1956 Denver Open).
  • In 1952, captured her first career win at the Sarasota Open at the age of 18 and remains the youngest LPGA player ever to win an LPGA event.
  • In 1950, began her LPGA career as an LPGA founder when she was only 16 years old and today remains the youngest player ever to have joined the LPGA Tour.
  • Turned professional two weeks before her 16th birthday.

    Amateur
    The California amateur circuit was Hagge’s domain in the late 1940s. At the age of 10, she won the Long Beach City Boys Junior. At the age of 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 the age of 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 Championship and the WWGA Junior titles.

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