- RACE TO CME GLOBE
1957 Vare Trophy, 2000 LPGA Commissioner’s Award
Born in Atlanta Georgia, LPGA Founder Louise Suggs turned professional in 1948. Her amateur career saw two Georgia State Amateur wins in 1940 and 1942 as well as two Southern Amateur titles in 1941 and 1947. Suggs won the North and South Women’s Amateur three times in 1942, 1946, and 1948. She won both the Women’s Western Amateur and Women’s Western Open in 1946 and 1947 and additionally captured the 1946 Titleholders Championship. 1947 also saw Suggs win the U.S. Women’s Amateur and one year later she won the British Ladies Amateur. Louise played on the 1948 United States Curtis Cup team to close out her amateur career.
As a professional, Suggs won 61 LPGA Tour events and 8 other major championships in addition to those she won as an amateur including the 1949 and 1952 U.S. Women’s Opens, the 1949 and 1953 Women’s Western Opens, the 1954, 1956, and 1959 Titleholders Championships, and the 1957 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Her final major in 1957 made her the first player to earn the Career Grand Slam on the LPGA Tour and she also won the Vare Trophy that same year.
Suggs was the LPGA’s leading money winner in 1953 and 1960 and served as the LPGA’s president from 1955 to 1957. In 1966, Louise was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and was one of the first inductees into the LPGA Hall of Fame when it was created in 1967. She became a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1979 and won both the 2000 Patty Berg Award and the 2000 LPGA Commissioner’s Award with her fellow founders. Suggs received the Bob Jones Award in 2007 and in 2008, she was given the William D. Richardson Award by the Golf Writers Association of America for her contributions to the game. Louise joined the Royal and Ancient Society Golf Club of St Andrews in February of 2015, becoming one of its very first female members.