Who's who: Marlene Hagge

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Who's who: Marlene Hagge

  • Name:

    Marlene Hagge (née Bauer)
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    Feb 16, 1934 in Eureka, South Dakota.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer; golf instructor; one of 13 founders of the LPGA (1950).
  • Turned Pro:

    1950

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): US LPGA Championship (1956). LPGA Tour wins (26). US LPGA leading money winner (1956). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2002).

Did you know?

After a highly successful career as an amateur golfer, Marlene Bauer turned professional in 1950. In that same year she became the youngest of 13 women who founded the LPGA. Her older sister, Alice Bauer, was also a founder.

In 1955 Marlene married Bob Hagge, the man her sister Alice had divorced earlier that year. Marlene and Bob divorced in 1964. Bob Hagge, who had been a club pro, subsequently changed his name to Robert von Hagge, and became a leading golf course designer.

From 1995 until his death in 2013, Hagge was married to former PGA Tour golfer Ernie Vossler.

Top tournaments won by Marlene Hagge

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Score

211 (-5)

Prize money

$4,500

Title sponsor

Burdine's

Played as Burdine's Invitational. Second-placed Sandra Palmer (USA) and Kathy Ahren (USA) finished 4 shots behind Hagge (USA, née Bauer), who recorded the last of her 26 LPGA Tour wins. [Red course, Trump Natl Doral Resort, Miami, FL].

1969
America
Northwood Hills
214 (-2)
$3,000
Stroh's

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Northwood Hills

Score

214 (-2)

Prize money

$3,000

Title sponsor

Stroh's

Played as Stroh's WBLY Open. Carol Mann (USA) finished 4 shots behind Hagge (USA). [Northwood Hills, Springfield, Ohio].

1965
America
215
$1,275
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Score

215

Prize money

$1,275

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Babe Zaharias Open. Clifford Ann Creed and Carol Mann finished in second place behind Hagge.

1965
America
206
$1,350
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Score

206

Prize money

$1,350

Title sponsor

x

Played as the LPGA Tall City Open. Kathy Whitworth finished in second place behind Hagge.

1965
America
287
$1,875
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Score

287

Prize money

$1,875

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Milwaukee Open. Judy Torluemke finished in second place behind Hagge.

1965
America
Pecan Valley
216 (E)
$1,500
Alamo

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Pecan Valley

Score

216 (E)

Prize money

$1,500

Title sponsor

Alamo

Played as the Alamo Ladies Open. Carol Mann (USA) and defending champion Kathy Whitworth (USA) finished in second place behind Hagge (USA). [Pecan Valley GC, San Antonio, Texas. This course is now closed].

1965
America
290
$1,350
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Score

290

Prize money

$1,350

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Phoenix Thunderbirds Ladies Open. Judy Torluemke finished in second place behind Hagge.

1964
America
287
$1,300
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Score

287

Prize money

$1,300

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Mickey Wright Invitational. Sandra Haynie finished in second place behind Hagge.

1963
America
Turf Valley CC
208 (-2)
$1,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Turf Valley CC

Score

208 (-2)

Prize money

$1,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Sight Open. Second-placed Mickey Wright (USA) finished 9 shots behind Hagge (USA, née Bauer). [Turf Valley CC, Ellicott City, Maryland].

1959
America
141
$700
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Score

141

Prize money

$700

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Hoosier Open. Patty Berg and Bonnie Randolph finished in second place behind Hagge.

1959
America
225
$831
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Score

225

Prize money

$831

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Mayfair Open. Patty Berg and Beverly Hanson finished in second place behind Hagge.

1958
America
Asheville CC
213 (E)
$831
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Asheville CC

Score

213 (E)

Prize money

$831

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Land of the Sky Open. Hagge (USA) beat Jo Ann Prentice (USA) with a six-foot, birdie-3 putt at the first playoff hole. [CC of Asheville, Asheville, North Carolina].

1958
America
218
$831
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Score

218

Prize money

$831

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Lake Worth Open Invitational. Fay Crocker and Patty Berg finished in second place behind Hagge.

1957
America
216
$800
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Score

216

Prize money

$800

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Lawton Open. Betsy Rawls finished in second place behind Hagge.

1957
America
222
$882
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Score

222

Prize money

$882

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Babe Zaharias Open. Betty Dodd finished in second place behind Hagge.

1956
Majors
Forest Lake CC
291 (-9)
$1,350
LPGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Forest Lake CC

Score

291 (-9)

Prize money

$1,350

Title sponsor

LPGA

The LPGA Championship (2nd) (June 21-24). 22-year-old Marlene Hagge (USA, née Bauer) beat Patty Berg (USA) with a par at the first sudden-death playoff hole. Hagge recorded her first and only major championship win. [Forest Lake CC, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit, Mich.].

1956
America
359
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Score

359

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Triangle Round Robin. Joyce Ziske finished in second place behind Marlene Bauer (Hagge).

1956
America
Tam O'Shanter CC
298 (-6)
$6,000
George S. May

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Tam O'Shanter CC

Score

298 (-6)

Prize money

$6,000

Title sponsor

George S. May

Played as the World Championship of Women's Golf. Betty Jameson (USA) finished 1 shot behind 22-year-old Marlene Hagge (USA; née Bauer). [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL. Now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].

1956
Awards
$20,235
see Score
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Score

$20,235

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Hagge (USA) won the LPGA Tour 1956 Money List, with earnings of $20,235 on the Tour. Patty Berg (USA) was second on the money list.

1956
America
284
$800
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Score

284

Prize money

$800

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Denver Open. Fay Crocker finished in second place behind Marlene Bauer (Hagge).

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Score

293

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Pittsburgh Open. Alice Bauer finished in second place behind Marlene Bauer (Hagge).

1956
America
152
$630
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Score

152

Prize money

$630

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Sea Island Open. Mary Lena Faulk and Joyce Ziske finished in second place behind Marlene Bauer (Hagge).

1956
America
292
$900
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Score

292

Prize money

$900

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Clock Open. Joyce Zinske finished in second place behind Marlene Bauer (Hagge).

1956
America
219
$900
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Score

219

Prize money

$900

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Babe Zaharias Open. Louise Suggs finished in second place behind Marlene Bauer (Hagge).

1954
America
297
$1,200
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Score

297

Prize money

$1,200

Title sponsor

x

Played as the New Orleans Open. Second-placed Betty Jameson finished 1 shot behind Marlene Bauer (Hagge).

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Sarasota Open. Betsy Rawls, Louise Suggs and Babe Zaharias finished in second place behind Marlene Bauer (Hagge).

1949
Amateur
Philadelphia CC
2 holes
amateur
USGA

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Hagge, Marlene

Venue

Philadelphia CC

Score

2 holes

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

USGA

Played as the inaugural U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. Marlene Bauer (USA, married name Hagge) beat Barbara Bruning (USA) by 2 holes in the final. [Bala course, Philadelphia CC, Gladwyne, nr Philadelphia, PA].

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