Golf legend Peggy Kirk Bell passed away on Wednesday in North Carolina. She was 95 years old.
Bell, who was born Oct. 28, 1921, in Findlay, Ohio, took up golf at the age of 17, and it came to her naturally. Bell won three Ohio Amateurs in the 1940s before winning the 1949 North and South Women’s Amateur and Titleholders Championship for her only LPGA major. She was also a member of the 1950 Curtis Cup team before turning pro.
As a touring pro in the early days of women’s professional golf, Bell became close friends with Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Bell played with Zaharias in her final round before dying from cancer at age 45 in 1956.
Shortly after she married her high-school love, professional basketball player Warren Bell, the couple purchased the Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Pinehurst, N.C. The Bells and their family have operated the resort ever since, and it has hosted a varietyRead More »from Golf legend Peggy Kirk Bell dies at 95