- RACE TO CME GLOBE
2022 Honorary Category Member
1959 and 1984 LPGA Teacher of the Year Award, 2000 LPGA Commissioner’s Award
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Shirley Spork was one of the original 13 Founders of the LPGA Tour in 1950. Before becoming a professional, Spork won the 1947 National Collegiate Golf Championship as an individual and finished runner-up in the event a year later. As a pro, she carded a solo second in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in 1962 and a T8 in the U.S. Women’s Open later that same year.
Spork was heavily involved in creating a teaching division within the LPGA that was later known as the “Teaching and Club Professional Membership” and she herself began working as an instructor at Tamarisk Country Club in Palm Springs, California in 1954. For her work as a teaching professional, Spork received the LPGA Teacher of the Year Award in both 1959 and 1984. She was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 1968, the Eastern Michigan University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981, and PGA of America Hall of Fame in 2019. Spork also won the Heritage Award from the SCPGA in 2017 and was recognized with the LPGA Commissioner's Award in 2000.