Biographer adds 3 missing titles to Suggs' resume
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Louise Suggs has won so many tournaments during her Hall of Fame career that she can’t remember them all.
Now, six weeks shy of her 90th birthday, Suggs can add three more to her total. Elaine Scott, Suggs’ biographer and a former LPGA communications director, discovered three missing titles, and the tour concurred.
The LPGA will add two titles from 1961 – Sea Island Open and the Naples Pro-Am – during Suggs’ last full year on tour, plus the Pro-Lady Victory National Championship, which she won as an amateur with Ben Hogan in 1946.
With 61 victories, Suggs passes the late Patty Berg (60) to rank fourth all time on the LPGA list, behind Kathy Whitworth (88), Mickey Wright (82) and Annika Sorenstam (69).
Scott said players kept records in their car trunks in those early years and drove down the highway with scoreboards attached to their roofs.
The victory with Hogan is especially significant, given the story behind their partnership. Suggs beat Hogan (playing from the same tees) at Medinah’s No. 3
Course on the back nine of the first round, and Hogan caught grief in the locker room. The next morning, he gave Suggs the silent treatment until they got log-jammed on a par 3, where Suggs said to her partner: “Mr. Hogan, I don’t think you’re a gentleman.”
Hogan respected Suggs’ candor so much that the two went on to become great friends.
In the introduction to Suggs’ 1953 book “Par Golf for Women,” Hogan wrote, “If I were to single out one woman in the world today as a model for any woman aspiring to ideal golf form, it would be Miss Suggs.”