Marilynn Smith

United States

1950

$251,888.00

University of Kansas

Race to CME Globe

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Marilynn Smith Bio

5'7"...Started playing at the age of 12...Formerly on the LPGA Board...Credits her father, Lynn Smith and her first golf instructor Mike Murra as the individuals most influencing her career...Organizer of the Marilynn Smith Founders Classic, the first-ever senior women's professional golf tournament, which was held in Dallas from 1987-89...Helps organize the all-women's Marilynn Smith Golf Classic, which benefits the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program and the Marilynn Smith Scholarship...In 1999, established the Marilynn Smith Scholarship within The LPGA Foundation...Has traveled to all 50 U.S. states and 36 different countries and has conducted golf clinics during many of those visits...The first female television commentator for a men's golf tournament (1973 U.S. Open and the Colonial)...Inducted into the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 1994...Inducted into the Kansas University Sports Hall of Fame in 1999...Inducted into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame and the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2000...Inducted into the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame and the Wichita East High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2005...Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006...Received the 2006 Pinnacle Award for her outstanding achievements in golf...Recognized during the LPGA's 50th Anniversary in 2000 as one of the LPGA's top-50 players and teachers...Along with fellow LPGA Founder Louise Suggs, raised the U.S. flag at the Opening Ceremony of the 2007 Solheim Cup in Sweden...Hobbies include people, politics, photography, talk shows, dogs, historical travel and music, especially Latin music.

Career

  • One of 13 LPGA Founders; earned the nickname Miss Personality; is one of the games' great ambassadors.
  • On Oct. 30, 2006, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame through the Lifetime Achievement category.
  • On Oct. 25, 2000, became one of the six inaugural inductees into the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Hall of Fame.
  • Currently teaches golf and works on the Marilynn Smith Golf Classic.
  • In 1997 and from 1991-95, participated in the Sprint Titleholders Senior Challenge, an unofficial event.
  • In 1987, selected as one of the Distinguished Champions of the Vincent Lombardi Tournament of Champions, which recognizes leadership in sports and demonstration of high ideals for the public good.
  • In 1983, awarded the Golf Digest LPGA Founders Cup for charitable service off the course.
  • In 1981, recorded the fifth hole-in-one of her LPGA career at the Women's Kemper Open.
  • In 1979, received the first Patty Berg Award for distinguished service to women's golf.
  • In 1971 at the Lady Carling Open, became the first player in LPGA history to record a double-eagle.
  • In 1963, named Most Improved Player.
  • From August 1958-60, served as president of the LPGA.
  • In 1959, as president of the LPGA, was instrumental in founding the teaching division (now known as the LPGA T&CP) along with Shirley Spork, Betty Hicks and Barbara Rotvig.
  • In 1954, won her first tournament at the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Open.
  • In 1949, turned professional.

    Amateur

    Smith is a three-time winner of the Kansas State Amateur from 1946-48. She won the 1949 Inter-Collegiate title while attending the University of Kansas. She turned pro shortly after and joined the Spalding staff.
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