Shirley Spork

United States

1946

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Shirley Spork Bio

Shirley Spork, one of the 13 founding members of the LPGA, is well known for her teaching ability. Beginning n 1960, she served as the chairperson of the LPGA Teaching Division for six consecutive years.

Career

  • One of the 13 LPGA founders.
  • Was one of six members of the inaugural class of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Hall of Fame inducted in October 2000.
  • In July 2003, honored by the Minerva Foundation of British Columbia for her contributions as an LPGA founder and LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame member.
  • In July 2002, received the Detroit Redford High School Alumni Award for her outstanding achievements in golf and promotion of the game.
  • In 2001, along with fellow LPGA Founder Marlene Hagge, was awarded the Executive Women's Golf Association's Leadership Award.
  • Serves as director of instruction for The School of Golf for Women Only,established in 1977.
  • From 1960-65, was co-chairman of the LPGA National Golf Schools for Women.
  • In 1962, placed second at the LPGA Championship (Las Vegas) and fourth at the Carling Eastern Open.
  • In 1959, was instrumental in founding the teaching division (now known as the LPGA T&CP) along with Marilynn Smith, Betty Hicks and Barbara Rotvig; won the California Derby Open.
  • Twice voted LPGA National Teacher of the Year, 1959 and 1984. She is the only other woman besides the late Dr. DeDe Owens to have won it twice.
  • Created the concept of the LPGA Teacher of the Year award.
  • In 1947, winner of first-ever National Collegiate Championship held for women athletes.
  • Winner of the Tam O Shanter All American Amateur and Michigan State Championship.
  • Was Western educational director for the National Golf Foundation (NGF) for seven years.
  • Inducted into Michigan Golf Hall of Fame; recipient of the Byron Nelson Award, Marilynn Smith Achievement Award, Joe Graffis Award (1976), Ellen Griffin Rolex Award (1998) and Commissioner's Award (2000).
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