Marilynn Smith

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Marilynn Smith
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Smith follows the flight of her ball
Personal information
Full nameMarilynn Louise Smith [1]
NicknameMiss Personality
Born(1929-04-13)April 13, 1929
Topeka, Kansas
DiedApril 9, 2019(2019-04-09) (aged 89)
Goodyear, Arizona
NationalityFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Career
College University of Kansas
Turned professional1950
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour (Founder)
Professional wins23
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour21
Other2
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 2)
Western Open 3rd: 1963
Titleholders C'ship Won: 1963, 1964
ANA Inspiration CUT: 1984, 1987
Women's PGA C'ship 5th/T5: 1961, 1966, 1972
U.S. Women's Open 3rd/T3: 1964, 1965, 1968
du Maurier Classic DNP
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2006 (member page)
LPGA Most Improved Player1963
LPGA Patty Berg Award 1979
Commissioner's Award
(LPGA Founders)
2000

Marilynn Louise Smith (April 13, 1929 – April 9, 2019) [2] was an American professional golfer. She was one of the thirteen founders of the LPGA in 1950. She won two major championships and 21 LPGA Tour events in all. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Professional golfer golfer with professional status; ordinarily cannot not play in amateur tournaments

In the sport of golf, the distinction between amateurs and professionals is rigorously maintained. An amateur who breaches the rules of amateur status may lose their amateur status. A golfer who has lost their amateur status may not play in amateur competitions until amateur status has been reinstated; a professional may not play in amateur tournaments unless the Committee is notified, acknowledges and confirms the participation. It is very difficult for a professional to regain their amateur status; simply agreeing not to take payment for a particular tournament is not enough. A player must apply to the governing body of the sport to have amateur status reinstated.

LPGA Association of female professional golfers in the United States

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is an American organization for female professional golfers. The organization is headquartered at the LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida, and is best known for running the LPGA Tour, a series of weekly golf tournaments for elite female golfers from around the world.

Womens major golf championships

Women's golf has a set of major championships which parallels that in men's golf, with the women's system newer and less stable than the men's. As of 2013, five tournaments are designated as majors in women's golf by the LPGA Tour.

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Amateur career

Smith was born in Topeka, Kansas. She started playing golf at age 12. She was a three-time winner of the Kansas State Amateur from 1946-48. She won the 1949 national individual intercollegiate golf championship while attending the University of Kansas.

Topeka, Kansas State capital city in Kansas, United States

Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. state of Kansas and the seat of Shawnee County. It is situated along the Kansas River in the central part of Shawnee County, in northeast Kansas, in the Central United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 127,473. The Topeka Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Shawnee, Jackson, Jefferson, Osage, and Wabaunsee counties, had a population of 233,870 in the 2010 census.

University of Kansas public research university in Kansas, United States

The University of Kansas, also referred to as KU, is a public research university with its main campus in Lawrence, Kansas, and several satellite campuses, research and educational centers, medical centers, and classes across the state of Kansas. Two branch campuses are in the Kansas City metropolitan area on the Kansas side: the university's medical school and hospital in Kansas City, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, and a hospital and research center in the state's capital of Topeka. There are also educational and research sites in Garden City, Hays, Leavenworth, Parsons, and Topeka, and branches of the medical school in Salina and Wichita. The university is one of the 62 members of the Association of American Universities.

Professional career

Smith turned pro in 1949 and joined the Spalding staff. She was one of the thirteen women who founded the LPGA in 1950. She won her first tournament in 1952 at the Fort Wayne Open. She would go on to win a total of 21 events on the LPGA Tour, including two major championships, the 1963 and 1964 Titleholders Championships. She finished in the top ten on the money list nine times between 1961 and 1972, with her best finishes being fourth places in 1963, 1968 and 1970. She was named the LPGA Most Improved Player in 1963. She was the LPGA's president from 1958 to 1960. She was selected for membership of the World Golf Hall of Fame in the Lifetime Achievement category in June 2006 and was inducted in October 2006. [3]

The Fort Wayne Open was a golf tournament on the LPGA Tour, played only in 1954. It was played at the Orchard Ridge Country Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Marilynn Smith won the event.

The Titleholders Championship was a women's golf tournament played from in 1937 to 1966 and again in 1972. It was later designated a major championship by the LPGA Tour.

World Golf Hall of Fame Professional sports hall of fame in St. Johns County, Florida

The World Golf Hall of Fame is located at World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Florida, in the United States, and it is unusual among sports halls of fame in that a single site honors both men and women. It is supported by a consortium of 26 golf organizations from all over the world.

In 1973 she became the first woman to work on a men's golf television broadcast. [4]

She died on April 9, 2019, four days before her 90th birthday.

Professional wins (23)

LPGA Tour wins (21)

The 1954 LPGA Tour was the fifth season since the LPGA Tour officially began in 1950. The season ran from January 15 to October 31. The season consisted of 21 official money events. Louise Suggs and Babe Zaharias won the most tournaments, five each. Patty Berg led the money list with earnings of $16,011.

The 1955 LPGA Tour was the sixth season since the LPGA Tour officially began in 1950. The season ran from January 6 to October 9. The season consisted of 27 official money events. Patty Berg won the most tournaments, six. She also led the money list with earnings of $16,492.

The Mile High Open was a golf tournament on the LPGA Tour from 1955 to 1956. It was played at the Lakewood Country Club in Lakewood, Colorado, a Denver suburb.

LPGA majors are shown in bold.

Other wins (2)

Fay Crocker professional golfer

Fay Crocker was a Uruguayan professional golfer who played on the LPGA Tour. In her career, she won 11 LPGA tournaments, including two major championships, the 1955 U.S. Women's Open and 1960 Titleholders Championship. Crocker was the oldest player to win her first LPGA event, the first U.S. Women's Open champion from outside the United States, and the oldest women's major champion.

Mickey Wright American golfer

Mary Kathryn "Mickey" Wright is an American former LPGA Tour professional golfer. She became a member of the tour in 1955 and won thirteen major championships and 82 LPGA Tour career events. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Major championships

Wins (2)

YearChampionshipWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
1963 Titleholders Championship E (72-75-69-76=292)Playoff 1 Flag of the United States.svg Mickey Wright
1964 Titleholders Championship +1 (73-66-77-73=289)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Mickey Wright

1 In an 18-hole playoff, Smith 72, Wright 73

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References

  1. Gardella, Kay (May 9, 1973). "Golf Color Commentator A Female With a Swing". Daily News. New York. p. 25C via newspapers.com. (Subscription required (help)). Marilynn Louise Smith, 44, the fifth-ranking all-time money winner in the Ladies Professional Golf Association...
  2. Sirak, Ron (April 9, 2019). "LPGA Founder and World Golf Hall of Fame Member Marilynn Smith Dies at 89". LPGA.
  3. "LPGA founder Smith selected for World Golf Hall of Fame". PGA Tour. June 7, 2006. Archived from the original on March 12, 2007.
  4. Kelley, Brent (April 4, 2017). "LPGA Founders: The 13 Women Who Created the LPGA – Marilynn Smith". ThoughtCo.com.