Golfer Shirley Spork, one of the founders of the LPGA, dies

Shirley Spork, one of the 13 women who founded the LPGA, died Tuesday at her home in Palm Springs, California, the LPGA Tour announced. She was 94 years old.

Shirley Spork became a professional golfer while teaching a Detroit public school in 1950. That year, she signed the original LPGA charter along with twelve other women, including Babe Didrikson Zaharias and Patty Berg. Marlene Hagge is today the only surviving founder. This letter allowed women to have access to a professional golf circuit.

A life as a committed golfer

The American placed second in the 1962 LPGA Championship. A passionate teacher and trainer, she will be inducted, along with other founding women, into the LPGA Hall of Fame this year.. “Getting into the LPGA Hall of Fame is the highest honor in our profession, so I climbed the ladder and reached the top”Shirley Spork said in a press release last month.

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