Louise Suggs

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Louise Suggs Bio

5'6"...Given name: Mae Louise Suggs...Nicknamed Miss Sluggs by Bob Hope...She started playing golf at the age of 10 under her father's influence...Was named an Honorary Member of the LPGA T&CP membership in 1993...The 1995 McDonald's LPGA Championship was dedicated in her name...In 1966, she became the first woman ever elected to the Georgia Athletic Hall of Fame...Was named among GOLF Magazine's 100 Heroes during 1988 Centennial of Golf in America celebration...Served as LPGA president three times (1955-57)...Raised the U.S. flag at the Opening Ceremony of The Solheim Cup in Scotland in 2000 and in Sweden in 2007 (along with fellow founder Marilynn Smith)...Recognized during the LPGA's 50th Anniversary in 2000 as one of the LPGA's top-50 players and teachers...Named the 2007 USGA Bob Jones Award winner...One of two honorees for the PGA Tour's 2007 Memorial Tournament.


  • One of 13 LPGA founders.
  • In 2008, was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA) with the William D. Richardson Award, which recognize individuals who have consistently made an outstanding contribution to golf.
  • In 2000, the LPGA announced the creation of the Louise Suggs Trophy, presented annually to the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year; one of six inaugural inductees into the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Hall of Fame on Oct. 25; received the Patty Berg Award and the Commissioner's Award with the LPGA Founders.
  • Won 58 professional events, 11 of which were major championship titles:1957 LPGA Championship; 1949 and 1952 U.S. Women's Open; 1946, 1954, 1956 and 1959 Titleholders; and 1946-47, 1949 and 1953 Western Open. Of her 58 professional tournament titles, eight of those came prior to the inception of the LPGA in 1950.
  • Competed in the 1991-95 and 1997 Sprint Titleholders Senior Challenges on the LPGA Tour.
  • In 1991, during a practice round for the Centel Senior Challenge, recorded her first career hole-in-one (unofficial).
  • In 1967, when the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame was created, Suggs was one of the six inaugural inductees; the LPGA recognized her induction year into the Hall of Fame of Women's Golf (1951) as her official induction year into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame.
  • In 1961, was the first LPGA player to win a tournament three consecutive times at the Dallas Civitan Open.
  • From August 1955 to July 1957, served as president of the LPGA.
  • In 1957, won the Vare Trophy; became the first player in LPGA history to complete the Career Grand Slam by winning the LPGA Championship (she had already won the U.S. Women's Open, Western Open and Titleholders Championship); five women have since accomplished the feat.
  • In 1953 and 1960, was the LPGA's leading money winner.
  • In 1953, broke her own 72-hole scoring record by shooting 288 to win the Tampa Open.
  • In 1949, won the U.S. Women's Open by 14 strokes and set a 72-hole scoring record of 291.
  • Won eight tournaments, including five major championships, prior to the creation of the LPGA Tour.
  • On July 8, 1948, turned professional.


    Suggs had a brilliant amateur career. She won the Georgia State Amateur Championship in 1940 and 1942. She captured the Southern Amateur Championship title in 1941 and 1947 and won the North and South Amateur Championship three times (1942, 1946, 1948). Suggs won the 1946 Western Amateur Championship and Western Open and successfully defended both titles the following season. She won the Titleholders in 1946 and the U.S. Women's Amateur in 1947. In 1948, Suggs added the British Amateur Championship title to her resume and topped off her amateur career by representing the United States on the 1948 Curtis Cup Team.
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