Louise Suggs: Women’s Golf Legend Dies at ‘Age 91’

Louise Suggs : Women's Golf Legend Dies at Age 91

Louise Suggs, an LPGA founder and among the best women to ever play with 61 wins and 11 majors, died Friday. She was 91.

Louise Suggs was one of the most successful woman golfers in the history of the game, winning 61 professional titles including 11 major championships.

The LPGA announced that Suggs died on Friday in Sarasota, and commissioner Michael Whan led the tributes.

“While I have never lost a parent, the passing of Louise Suggs feels that way to me,” Whan said on www.lpga.com. “Like a parent, she cared deeply for her LPGA family and took great pride in their successes. She always made time to hear my problems and challenges – her personal guidance was priceless.

“Like a parent, I think she was even more proud of the LPGA players of today than she was of her own playing results. I feel like the LPGA lost a parent, but I’m extremely confident that her vision, her competitiveness, and most importantly, her spirit will be with this organization forever.”

The annual LPGA Rookie of the Year is awarded the Louise Suggs trophy.

Annika Sorenstam was among a vast number of high-profile players past and present to pay their respects on social media following the announcement.

The Swede wrote: “Sad to hear the passing of Louise Suggs. A trailblazer & always had a funny story to tell. Thanks for paving the way. #CelebratingLouise”

Former world No 1 Stacey Lewis added: “So sad to hear the passing of Louise Suggs today. An unbelievable ambassador for the game of golf.”

Dame Laura Davies said: “So sad to hear about Louise Suggs I just feel lucky to have known and spent time with her”, while fellow major winner Cristie Kerr added: “We lost not only one of the greatest golfers in history but also a lovely woman.”