Who's who in golf - Louise Suggs


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Name: - Mae Louise Suggs
Country: - USA
Lived : - [1923-2015]. Born Sept 7, 1923 in Atlanta, Georgia. Died Aug 6, 2015 in Sarasota, Florida, aged 91.
Original Home/Club: - Atlanta, Georgia
Occupation: - Professional golfer; co-founder of LPGA (1950); LPGA President (1955-57).
Turned Pro: - 1948 (age 24)

Roll of Honour

Majors (11) including a "career slam" of four different majors. US Women's Amateur champion (1947) and British Ladies Amateur champion (1948). Curtis Cup player (1948). Total of 61 US LPGA Tour wins. US LPGA leading money winner (1953, '60). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1951).


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Louise Suggs enjoyed a formidable amateur career before turning professional at the age of 24. She won amateur events at state and national levels, including the US Women's and British Ladies Amateur titles. Her first three wins in "professional" major championships came as an amateur.

Suggs relinquished her amateur status in 1948, and two years later was one of the 13 women professionals who founded the LPGA. Competing against her great rivals of the time, Babe Zaharias, Patty Berg and Betty Jameson, Suggs continued her winning ways, recording a total of 61 LPGA Tour victories between 1946 and 1962. Eleven of these wins were in major championships.

Suggs was President of the LPGA from 1955 to 1957, and her name lives on through the Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award, given annually to the most successful first-year player on the LPGA Tour.


Top tournaments won by Louise Suggs

1962Wmn AmericaSt Petersburg Open (LPGA)Sunset G&CC, FL280 (-4)$1,200
Played as the St Petersburg Open. Second-placed Patty Berg (USA) finished 4 shots behind Suggs (USA), who recorded the last of her 61 LPGA Tour wins. [Sunset G&CC, St Petersburg, Florida; now called Vinoy GC].
1961Wmn AmericaAlamo Ladies OpenBrackenridge Park212 (-4)$1,247
Played as the San Antonio Civitan Tournament. Won by defending champion Suggs (USA). [Brackenridge Park GC, San Antonio, TX].
1961Wmn AmericaDallas Civitan Open291 (+7)$1,750
Played as the Dallas Civitan Open. Second-placed Betsy Rawls (USA) finished 3 shots behind Suggs (USA), who recorded her third straight win in this event. [Glen Lakes CC, Dallas, TX; club/course no longer exists].
1961Wmn AmericaGolden Circle of Golf293$1,247
Played as the Golden Circle of Golf Festival. Mickey Wright finished in second place behind Suggs.
1961Wmn AmericaKansas City Open (LPGA)295$1,247
Played as the Kansas City Open.
1961Wmn AmericaNaples Pro-Am138$475
Played as the Naples Pro-Am. Mickey Wright and Marilynn Smith finished in second place behind Louise Suggs.
1961Wmn AmericaRoyal Poinciana Invtl.156$1,200
Played as the Royal Poinciana Invitational. Patty Berg finished in second place behind Suggs.
1961Wmn AmericaSea Island Open229$1,000
Played as the Sea Island Women's Open. Marlene Hagge and Ruth Jessen finished in second place behind Suggs.
1960Wmn AmericaAlamo Ladies OpenBrackenridge Park215 (-1)$1,068
Played as the inaugural San Antonio Civitan Tournament. Mickey Wright (USA) finished in second place behind Suggs (USA). [Brackenridge Park GC, San Antonio, TX].
1960Wmn AmericaDallas Civitan OpenGlen Lakes CC281 (-3)$1,662
Played as the Dallas Civitan Open. Mickey Wright (USA) finished in second place behind defending champion Suggs (USA). [Glen Lakes CC, Dallas, TX; club/course no longer exists].
1960Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$16,892see Score
Suggs (USA) won her second LPGA Tour Money List, with 1960 season earnings of $16,892 on the Tour. Mickey Wright (USA) was second on the money list, just $512 behind Suggs (USA).
1960Wmn AmericaTriangle Round Robinx$1,245
Played as the Triangle Round Robin. Betsy Rawls finished in second place behind Suggs.
1960Wmn AmericaTrumball Open288$2,500
Played as the Youngstown Kitchens Trumball Open. Patty Berg finished in second place behind Suggs.
1959Wmn AmericaDallas Civitan OpenGlen Lakes CC287 (+3)$1,662
Played as the Dallas Civitan Open. Second-placed Wiffi Smith finished 1 shot behind Suggs (USA). [Glen Lakes CC, Dallas, TX; club/course no longer exists].
1959Wmn AmericaSt Petersburg Open (LPGA)Sunset G&CC, FL282 (-2)$1,247
Played as the St Petersburg Open. Suggs (USA) beat Mickey Wright (USA) with a birdie at the third playoff hole. [Sunset G&CC, St Petersburg, Florida; now called Vinoy GC].
1959Wmn MajorsTitleholders Ch'shipAugusta CC297 (+9)$1,000
The Titleholders Championship (20th). Second-placed Betsy Rawls (USA) finished 1 shot behind Suggs (USA). [Augusta CC, Augusta, GA].
1958Wmn AmericaBabe Zaharias Open214$831
Played as the Babe Zaharias Open. Marlene Hagge finished in second place behind Suggs.
1958Wmn AmericaFrench Lick OpenFrench Lick300$1,247
Played as the French Lick Open. Fay Crocker finished in second place behind Suggs. [Ross course, French Lick Resort, French Lick, Indiana].
1958Wmn AmericaGatlinburg Open222$831
Played as the Gatlinburg Open. Mary Lena Faulk finished in second place behind Suggs.
1958Wmn AmericaTriangle Round Robinx$1,425
Played as the Triangle Round Robin. Marlene Hagge finished in second place behind Suggs.
1957Wmn AmericaHeart of America Invtl.220$880
Played as the Heart of America Invitational. Jackie Pung finished in second place behind Smith.
1957Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA74.64n/a
Suggs (USA) won the Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
1957Wmn MajorsUS Women's PGAChurchill Valley285 (+5)$1,316
The LPGA Championship (3rd) (June 6-10). Second-placed Wiffi Smith (USA) finished 3 shots behind Suggs (USA), who recorded her first and only LPGA Championship win, and tenth major championship title. [Churchill Valley CC, Pittsburgh, PA].
1956Wmn AmericaAll American (LPGA)Tam O'Shanter CC301 (-3)$1,000
Played as the All American Open. Second-placed Joyze Ziske (USA) finished 2 shots behind Suggs (USA). [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL; now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].
1956Wmn AmericaAmerican Women's Open301$1,000
Played as the All-American Open. Joyce Ziske finished in second place behind Suggs.
1956Wmn AmericaHavana Open227$1,000
Played as the Havana Open. Mary Lena Faulk and Fay Crocker finished in second place behind Suggs.
1956Wmn MajorsTitleholders Ch'shipAugusta CC302 (+14)$1,000
Played as the Titleholders Championship (17th). Defending champion and second-placed Patty Berg (USA) finished 1 shot behind Suggs (USA). [Augusta CC, Augusta, GA].
1955Wmn AmericaEastern Open (LPGA)291$1,000
Played as the Eastern Open. Second-placed Fay Crocker finished 1 shot behind Suggs.
1955Wmn AmericaLos Angeles Open (LPGA)Inglewood CC, CA224
Played as the Los Angeles Open (a one-off event, not related to the LPGA Tour's 1967 Ladies' Los Angeles Open). Beverly Hanson (USA) finished in second place behind Suggs (USA). [Inglewood CC, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA].
1955Wmn AmericaOklahoma City Open (LPGA)229$1,000
Played as the Oklahoma City Open. Second-placed Jackie Pung and Alice Bauer finished 3 shots behind Suggs.
1955Wmn AmericaSt Louis Open (Women)289$900
Played as the St Louis Open. Second-placed Mary Lena Faulk finished 6 shots behind Suggs.
1955Wmn AmericaTriangle Round Robin366$1,500
Played as the Triangle Round Robin. Second-placed Marlene Bauer (Hagge) finished 6 shots behind Suggs.
1954Wmn AmericaBabe Zaharias Open224$700
Played as the Babe Zaharias Open. Second-placed Babe Zaharias finished 2 shots behind Suggs.
1954Wmn AmericaBetsy Rawls Open220$875
Played as the Betsy Rawls Open. Suggs won after a playoff against Marlene Bauer (Hagge).
1954Wmn AmericaCarrollton Open218$875
Played as the Carrollton Georgia Open. Second-placed Patty Berg finished 1 shot behind Suggs.
1954Wmn AmericaSea Island Open231$875
Played as the Sea Island Open (The Cloister). Second-placed Beverly Hanson and Betty Hicks finished 1 shot behind Suggs.
1954Wmn MajorsTitleholders Ch'shipAugusta CC293 (+5)$1,000
Played as the Titleholders Championship (15th). Defending champion and second-placed Patty Berg (USA) finished 7 shots behind Suggs (USA). [Augusta CC, Augusta, GA].
1953Wmn AmericaBakersfield Open149$875
Played as the Bakersfield Open. Suggs won after a playoff against beat Patty Berg.
1953Wmn AmericaBetsy Rawls Open216$875
Played as the Betsy Rawls Open. Suggs won after a playoff against Betsy Rawls.
1953Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$19,816see Score
Suggs (USA) won the LPGA Tour 1953 Money List, with earnings of $19,816 on the Tour. Patty Berg (USA) was second on the money list.
1953Wmn AmericaSan Diego Open (LPGA)144$750
Played as the San Diego Open. Second-placed Patty Berg and Marlene Bauer (Hagge) finished 3 shots behind Suggs.
1953Wmn AmericaTampa Open288$1,250
Played as the Tampa Women's Open. Second-placed Mary Lena Faulk (amateur) finished 6 shots behind Suggs.
1953Wmn AmericaWeathervane (Philadelphia)146$750
Played as the Philadelphia Weathervane. Second-placed Patty Berg (USA) finished 8 shots behind Suggs (USA).
1953Wmn AmericaWeathervane (Phoenix)
Played as the Phoenix Weathervane. Patty Berg (USA) and Louise Suggs (USA) shared first place after a tie.
1953Wmn AmericaWeathervane (San Francisco)149$750
Played as the San Francisco Weathervane. Second-placed Betsy Rawls (USA) finished 2 shots behind Suggs (USA).
1953Men AmericaWeathervane 144
Suggs (USA) was overall winner of the 1953 Cross Country 144-hole Weathervane Tournament, which was played as four two-round events in Boca Raton, Philadelphia, Phoenix and San Francisco. She won the San Francisco event and tied with Patty Berg in Phoenix.
1953Wmn MajorsWomen's Western OpenCapital City Club6 & 5$1,000
The Women's Western Open (24th). Suggs (USA) beat Patty Berg (USA) 6 and 5 in the final. [Capital City Club, Atlanta, Georgia].
1952Wmn AmericaAll American (LPGA)Tam O'Shanter CC300 (-4)$1,000
Played as the All American Open. Second-placed Betsy Rawls (USA) finished 9 shots behind Suggs (USA). [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL; now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].
1952Wmn AmericaAmerican Women's Open300x
Played as the All-American Women's Open. Second-placed Betsy Rawls finished 9 shots behind Suggs.
1952Wmn AmericaBetty Jameson Open212x
Played as the Betty Jameson Open. Second-placed Patty berg and Betsy Rawls finished 2 shots behind Suggs.
1952Wmn AmericaJacksonville Ladies Open277x
Played as the Jacksonville Open. Second-placed Betty Jameson finished 3 shots behind Suggs.
1952Wmn AmericaStockton Open72x
Played as the Stockton Open. Second-placed Alice Bauer finished 2 shots behind Suggs.
1952Wmn AmericaTampa Open293x
Played as the Tampa Women's Open. Second-placed Babe Zaharias finished 5 shots behind Suggs.
1952Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenBala GC284 (+8)$1,750
The US Women's Open (7th) (June 26-29). Second-placed Marlene Bauer (USA, from 1956 Marlene Hagge) and Betty Jameson (USA) finished 7 shots behind Suggs (USA), who won this event for the second time. [Bala GC, Philadelphia, PA].
1951Wmn AmericaCarrollton Open221x
Played as the Carrollton Georgia Open. Second-placed Babe Zaharias finished 1 shot behind Suggs.
1950Wmn AmericaWeathervane (Chicago)160
Played as the Chicago Weathervane. Second-placed Babe Zaharias (USA) finished 7 shots behind Suggs (USA).
1950Wmn AmericaWeathervane (New York)155
Played as the New York Weathervane. Second-placed Babe Zaharias (USA) finished 4 shots behind Suggs (USA).
1949Wmn AmericaAll American (LPGA)Tam O'Shanter CC303 (-1)$1,200
Played as the All American Open. Second-placed and defending champion Babe Zaharias (USA) finished 4 shots behind Suggs (USA). [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL; now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].
1949Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenPrince George's CC291 (-9)$1,500
The US Women's Open (4th) (Sept 22-25). Second-placed Babe Zaharias (USA) finished 14 shots behind Suggs (USA), who claimed the fourth of her 11 major championship titles. [Prince George's CC, Landover, Maryland. Course closed and is now the Kentland Golf Training Center].
1949Wmn MajorsWomen's Western OpenOklahoma City G&CC5 & 4$500
The Women's Western Open (20th). Suggs (USA) beat Betty Jameson (USA) 5 and 4 in the final. [Oklahoma City G&CC, Nichols Hill, OK].
1948Wmn AmateurBritish Amateur (Ladies)Royal Lytham1 holen/a
The Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship (45th). Suggs (USA) beat Jean Donald (Scot) by 1 hole in the final. [Royal Lytham & St Annes GC, nr Blackpool, Lancs].
1947Wmn AmateurUS Amateur (Women)Franklin Hills CC2 holesn/a
The US Women's Amateur Championship (47th). Suggs (USA) beat Dorothy Kirby (USA) by 2 holes in the final. [Franklin Hills CC, Franklin, Mich.].
1947Wmn MajorsWomen's Western OpenCapital City Club4 & 2amateur
The Women's Western Open (18th). Defending champion Suggs (USA, amateur) beat Dorothy Kirby (USA, amateur) 4 and 2 in the final. [Capital City Club, Atlanta, Georgia].
1946Wmn MajorsTitleholders Ch'shipAugusta CC314 (+14)amateur
Played as the Titleholders Championship (7th). Second-placed Eileen Stulb (USA, amateur) finished 2 shots behind Suggs (USA, amateur). [Augusta CC, Augusta, GA].
1946Wmn MajorsWomen's Western OpenWakonda Club2 holesamateur
The Women's Western Open (17th). Suggs (USA, amateur) beat Patty Berg (USA) by 2 holes in the final. [Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa].

 

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