Peggy Kirk Bell

Peggy Kirk Bell
Personal information
Full name Margaret Anne Kirk Bell
Nickname Peggy
Born (1921-10-28)October 28, 1921
Findlay, Ohio, U. S.
Died November 23, 2016(2016-11-23) (aged 95)
Southern Pines, North Carolina, U.S.
Height 5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Southern Pines, North Carolina
Spouse Warren "Bullet" Bell
Turned professional 1950
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 1)
Western Open 2nd: 1950
Titleholders C'ship Won: 1949
Women's PGA C'ship T3: 1958
U.S. Women's Open T5: 1952
Achievements and awards
Bob Jones Award 1990
LPGA Patty Berg Award 2013

Margaret Anne "Peggy" Kirk Bell (October 28, 1921 – November 23, 2016) was an American professional golfer and golf instructor known for her strong advocacy of women's golf.

Born in Findlay, Ohio, Peggy started playing golf at age 17. She took to the game immediately and quickly won a number of titles. She played college golf at Rollins College.[1] She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She played the ladies amateur tour in the 1940s before the development of a professional tour, winning three Ohio Amateurs and the 1949 Titleholders Championship and North and South Women's Amateur. She was also a member of the 1950 U.S. Curtis Cup team.

At that time she competed as Peggy Kirk, and in 1953 she married her high school sweetheart, Warren "Bullet" Bell, who had played professional basketball with the Fort Wayne Pistons before turning to business. Warren died in 1984.

In 1990, she was voted the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. She became the first woman voted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame in 2002.

Bell owned the Pines Needles Resort in Southern Pines, North Carolina.[2] Her older daughter, Bonnie, is married to former PGA Tour member Pat McGowan. She died there in November 2016 at the age of 95.[3][4]

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionshipWinning scoreMarginRunners-up
1949 Titleholders Championship −1 (76-75-76-72=299)2 strokes United States Patty Berg, United States Dorothy Kirby (a)

Team appearances



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