Marilynn Smith Bio

Marilynn Smith (April 13, 1929 – April 9, 2019) 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.

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Full name Marilynn Smith
Nickname Miss Personality
Born April 13, 1929
Topeka, Kansas
Died April 9, 2019 (aged 89)
Nationality  United States

Marilynn Smith 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.

Marilynn Smith 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.

In 1973 she became the first woman to work on a men’s golf television broadcast.

Marilynn Smith Professional wins 

LPGA Tour wins

  • 1954 (1) Fort Wayne Open
  • 1955 (2) Heart of America Open, Mile High Open
  • 1958 (1) Jacksonville Open
  • 1959 (1) Memphis Open
  • 1962 (2) Sunshine Open, Waterloo Open
  • 1963 (4) Titleholders Championship, Peach Blossom Open, Eugene Ladies’ Open, Cavern City Open
  • 1964 (2) Titleholders Championship, Albuquerque Pro-Am
  • 1965 (1) Peach Blossom Open
  • 1966 (2) St. Petersburg Women’s Open, Louise Suggs Delray Beach Invitational
  • 1967 (2) St. Petersburg Orange Classic, Babe Zaharias Open
  • 1968 (1) O’Sullivan Open
  • 1970 (1) Women’s Golf Charities Open
  • 1972 (1) Pabst Ladies Classic

LPGA majors are shown in bold.

Other wins 

  • 1957 Hot Springs 4-Ball (with Fay Crocker)
  • 1962 Naples Pro-Am (with Mickey Wright)

Marilynn Smith Death ande Cause

Smith’s death leaves Shirley Spork and Marlene Hagge as the only living LPGA founders. The three were all at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup in March. They sat in a special box there alongside the 18th green, where they were greeted by players finishing up their rounds.

“They have been such great role models for us,” Lydia Ko said there this year.

“Just to be in their company and kind of realize all the hard work they put in, to make this a reality, is pretty cool for me,” Brooke Henderson said.

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