Suggs in 1958
|Full name||Mae Louise Suggs|
September 7, 1923|
|Died||August 7, 2015
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Residence||Delray Beach, Florida, U.S.|
|Former tour(s)||LPGA Tour (co-founder)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|LPGA Tour||61 (4th all time)|
|Best results in LPGA major championships
|Western Open||Won: 1946, 1947, 1949, 1953|
|Titleholders C'ship||Won: 1946, 1954, 1956, 1959|
|ANA Inspiration||CUT: 1983|
|Women's PGA C'ship||Won: 1957|
|U.S. Women's Open||Won: 1949, 1952|
|Achievements and awards|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||1951 (member page)|
|LPGA Vare Trophy||1957|
|Patty Berg Award||2000|
|Bob Jones Award||2007|
Born in Atlanta, Suggs had a very successful amateur career, beginning as a teenager. She won the Georgia State Amateur in 1940 at age 16 and again in 1942, was the Southern Amateur Champion in 1941 and 1947, and won the North and South Women's Amateur three times (1942, 1946, 1948). She won the 1946 and 1947 Women's Western Amateur and the 1946 and 1947 Women's Western Open, which was designated as a major championship when the LPGA was founded. She also won the 1946 Titleholders Championship which was also subsequently designated as a women's major. She won the 1947 U.S. Women's Amateur and the next year won the British Ladies Amateur. She finished her amateur career representing the United States on the 1948 Curtis Cup Team.
After her successful amateur career, she turned professional in 1948 and went on to win 58 additional professional tournaments, with a total of 11 majors. Her prowess on the golf course is reflected in the fact that from 1950 to 1960 she was only once out of the top 3 in the season-ending money list.
Suggs was an inaugural inductee into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame, established in 1967, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1979. She was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1966.
The Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, given annually to the most accomplished first-year player on the LPGA Tour, is named in her honor. In 2006 Suggs was named the 2007 recipient of the Bob Jones Award, given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. In February 2015 she became one of the first female members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
LPGA majors are shown in bold.
|1946||Titleholders Championship||+14 (80-77-77-80=314)||2 strokes||Eileen Stulb|
|1946||Women's Western Open||2 up||Patty Berg|
|1947||Women's Western Open||4 & 2||Dorothy Kirby (a)|
|1949||U.S. Women's Open||-9 (69-75-77-70=291)||14 strokes||Babe Zaharias|
|1949||Women's Western Open||5 & 4||Betty Jameson|
|1952||U.S. Women's Open||+8 (70-69-70-75=284)||7 strokes||Marlene Hagge, Betty Jameson|
|1953||Women's Western Open||6 & 5||Patty Berg|
|1954||Titleholders Championship||+5 (73-71-76-73=293)||7 strokes||Patty Berg|
|1956||Titleholders Championship||+14 (78-75-75-74=302)||1 stroke||Patty Berg|
|1957||LPGA Championship||+5 (69-74-74-68=285)||3 strokes||Wiffi Smith|
|1959||Titleholders Championship||+9 (78-73-75-71=297)||1 stroke||Betsy Rawls|