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"The Little Hogan", Pioneer LPGA Golfer Louise Suggs

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Another milestone for women in the game of Golf. The LPGA was established in 1950 and today a major sport for women of all ages.

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Louise Suggs Famous Quote

Louise Suggs Famous Quote

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While researching the LPGA Associations, I came across an article of a one-handed golfer, Laurent Hurtubise born with one arm and not letting that deter him. He started playing golf at age 11. In 2020 while playing at a PGA event, he hit a hole-in-one and became an instant celebrity. Certainly became an inspiration for me.

A few years ago, I had a hemorrhagic stroke leaving my left arm totally useless. After my husband died, I started playing golf at the senior golf course and was always the first at 7 AM. I loved it, and it was therapeutic. Now with only one arm, I figured I couldn't play again, but Hurtubise has ignited a flame. It's time to borrow a 6 or 7 iron and head to the driving range to practice a one-arm swing. Of course, my age is a consideration, but that won't stop me. I am totally stoked to do this. I also discovered there is an organization for one-armed golfers, the North America One-Armed Golfers Association, NAOAGA, with events scheduled around the country.

Louise Suggs, born Mae Suggs to John Braden and Marguerite Spillar Suggs in 1923, Atlanta, Georgia. Louise had sports in her blood as her father was a left-handed pitcher for the semi-pro baseball team, the Atlanta Crackers, and her mother was the daughter of the Crackers owner.

After her father retired from baseball, he built and managed a golf course in Lithia Springs, Georgia. There he taught his daughter Louise golf. At age 16, Louise won the Georgia State Amateur in 1940 and again in 1942. She went on to win the Southern Amateur Championship in 1941 and 1947. Continuing her wins with the North and South Women's Amateur Championship three times, 1942, 1946, and 1948. In 1946 she also won the Title Holders Championship, the 1947 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, and the British Ladies Amateur Championship.


Laurent Hurtubise One-Armed Golfer

Laurent Hurtubise One-Armed Golfer

Louise Suggs

Louise Suggs

Louise Suggs

Louise Suggs

Louise Suggs Turns Pro

Louise turned pro in 1948, and before she retired, she would win 61 times, 11 majors, and career winnings totaled $190,475. The thirteen women who established the LPGA were:

  • Alice Bauer, Patty Berg, Bettye Danoff, Helen Dettweiler, Maude Bauer Hagge, Helen Hicks, Opal Hills, Betty Jameson, Sally Sessions, Marilyn___, Louise Suggs, and Babe Zaharias.

Here are the 11 Majors Louise won:

  • 1946 Titleholders Championship 2 strokes
  • 1946 Women's Western Championship 2 up
  • 1947 Women's Western Championship 4 & 2
  • 1049 U.S. Women's Open 14 strokes
  • 1949 Women's Western Championship 5 & 4
  • 1952 U.S. Women's Open 6 & 5
  • 1954 Titleholders Championship 7 strokes
  • 1956 Titleholders Championship 1 stroke
  • 1957 LPGA Championship 3 strokes
  • 1959 Titleholders Championship 1 stroke

The success and establishment of the LPGA have continued to grow for women of all ages, and the success is due to the original organizers of the LPGA.


Brief Timeline of Louise Suggs

  • 1950 one of original organizors of LPGA
  • 1951 Inducted into Hall of Fame
  • 1957 Her win at LPGA Championship made her the first to complete a Grand Slam
  • 1957 Louise won the VARE Trophy
  • 1960 Authored her book, Golf For Women
  • 1961 Defeated ten men in $10,000 Invitational, Palm Beach, Fla
  • 1979 Inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame
  • 2000 Awarded the Patty Berg Award
  • 2001 Donated $500,000. to the LPGA to support junior golf
  • 2006 Awarded the Bobby Jones Award by the U.S. Golf Association
  • 2014 Autobiography by Elaine Scott And That's That
  • 2015 First female member of Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews
  • 2016 The Movie, The Founders is about the 13 LPGA members and breaking barriers in the golf world

2018 Awarded the William Richardson Award for consistent contributions to golf by the Golf Writers Association of America

Louise died in a hospice in Sarasota, Florida. Sher was cremated with her ashes spread over her parents graves in Georgia.

Louise Suggs  with some of her Trophies

Louise Suggs with some of her Trophies

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Little Known Facts About Louise Suggs

  • Louise served as president for the LPGA 1955-1957
  • Each year at the Agusta Masters Tournament, Louisa was perched on a chair, especially for her outside the clubhouse.
  • When Louise wrote her book, Golf For Women, the forward was written by Ben Hogan, who wrote: "Her swing is combined with the desirable element of efficiency, timing, and coordination."
  • Bob Hope gave her the nickname "Miss Sluggs."
  • Louise drove her car with the license plate TEED OFF."
  • In 1962 she was fined $25. for failing to play in a Milwaukee event, she had signed up for. She felt so wronged that she never played a full schedule again.
  • She was the first female golfer to represent MacGregor products.

LPGA Has Come a Long Way

In 1950 when the PGA was established, the first year had 14 tournaments with prize money totaling $50,000. In 2016, LPGA held a total of 34 events with prize money totaling 63 million dollars.

Growing even bigger, in 12019, the total prize money was 70.5 million dollars. Jin Young Ko was the top money winner that year.

Imagine playing golf in the 1950s or 1960s with skirts down to the ankles. Even fashions for women's golf has changed almost yearly.

Golf Fashion 1950s

Golf Fashion 1950s

Golf Fashion Today

Golf Fashion Today

Comments

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on March 13, 2021:

Ravirahan01, thank you for visiting and your generous comments. I truly appreciate it.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on March 13, 2021:

I can only imagine how difficult it will be to play golf with one arm and this Louise actually did it. This is truly an inspiring story. Thanks for sharing.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on March 13, 2021:

Pamela, thanks for visiting. I truly appreciate it.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 12, 2021:

This is a very interesting article and Louise Suggs is an amazing man. I can't imagine golfing with only one arm. I really enjoyed this article, Fran.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on March 12, 2021:

Rosina, thanks for your visit and your kind comments. I am inspired!

Rosina S Khan on March 12, 2021:

An interesting account of Louise Suggs, a female pioneer in the golf sport. It was nice to know her successes and achievements in the sport. I am also intrigued by golf fashion in the early days and today. I hope with all my heart you can play golf again, Fran.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on March 12, 2021:

Liz, thanks for your visit. I appreciate your kind encouraging words.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 12, 2021:

This is a fascinating article. I hope your golf goes well. I admire your determination to take it up again. Inspirational figures in sport are extremely important.

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