Louise Suggs was born in Atlanta, Ga., on September 7, 1923. During her brilliant amateur career, she won the Georgia Women’s Amateur Championship twice, the Southern Amateur twice, the North-South Championship three times, the Western Amateur twice, the Western Open twice, the 1946 Titleholders, and the 1948 British Open. She was also a member of the Curtis Cup team in 1948.
After turning professional in 1948, Suggs became a founding member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). As a pro she won the Western Open again in 1948 and ‘53, and repeated her Titleholders win in 1954, ‘56 and ‘59. Suggs won the U.S. Women’s Open in 1949 and ‘52, and was earned entry into the LPGA Hall of Fame. She won the LPGA Championship in 1957.
During her professional career, she won 50 LPGA events and served as president of the LPGA in 1956-57. The USGA honored Suggs in 2007 with the Association’s Bob Jones Award. The LPGA has named its Rookie of the Year Award after her. Suggs passed away in August of 2015.