Marilynn Smith

Marilynn Smith
Personal information
Full name Marilynn Smith
Nickname Miss Personality
Born (1929-04-13) April 13, 1929
Topeka, Kansas
Nationality  United States
College University of Kansas
Turned professional 1950
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour (Founder)
Professional wins 23
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 21
Other 2
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 Player 1963
LPGA Patty Berg Award 1979
Commissioner's Award
(LPGA Founders)

Marilynn Smith (born April 13, 1929) is an American former professional golfer. She was one of the thirteen founders of the LPGA in 1950. She won two major championship and 21 LPGA Tour events in all. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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 Inter-Collegiate title while attending the University of Kansas.

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.[1]

In 1973 she became the first woman to work on a men's golf television broadcast.[2]

Professional wins (23)

LPGA Tour wins (21)

LPGA majors are shown in bold.

Other wins (2)

Major championships

Wins (2)

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

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

See also


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