“She was bound to be a winner,” Ben Hogan once said of Louise Suggs. “And she was.”
No truer words have been spoken in describing the first female inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Suggs won a U.S. Amateur, a British Amateur, two U.S. Women’s Opens, an LPGA Championship and a Vare Trophy. In all, she won 61 LPGA tournaments, including 11 major championships.
Overshadowed only by the popularity of Babe Zaharias, Suggs won often and in record-setting ways. In the 1949 Women’s Open, she set the 72-hole scoring record of 291 and won by 14 strokes over Zaharias, which stood alone as an LPGA record until Cindy Mackey matched the total at the 1986 MasterCard International. Four years later, Suggs broke her own LPGA scoring record by shooting 288 to win the 1953 Tampa Open at Palma Ceia.