Louise Suggs, a founder of the LPGA and an honorary member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, has passed away at the grand age of 91.
Born in 1923, in Atlanta, Georgia, Suggs first took up golf at the age of ten. She embarked on a highly successful amateur career winning the US Amateur in 1947 and the British Ladies’ Amateur in 1948. She was a member of that year’s American Curtis Cup team.
Suggs turned professional shortly afterwards and went on to win 61 events, including 11 Major Championships. She was a co-founder of the LPGA and later became its President.
Suggs was an inaugural inductee to the LPGA Hall of Fame, when it was established in 1967, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1951.
The Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, given each year to the most accomplished first-year player on the LPGA Tour, is named in her honour. In 2007, Suggs received the Bob Jones Award from the USGA in recognition of great sportsmanship in golf.
In February, Suggs was one of seven women named as honorary members of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club following last year’s historic vote to admit women as members for the first time in the Club’s 260-year history.
George Macgregor, Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, said, “We were saddened to hear of Louise’s death. She was a hugely influential figure in the development of women’s professional golf and enjoyed a remarkable career. We were extremely proud to welcome Louise as an honorary member earlier this year and I know it meant a great deal to her. She will be greatly missed.”