Margaret Anne “Peggy” Kirk Bell was born on October 28, 1921, in Findlay, Ohio, and died on November 23, 2016.
He was an American professional golfer and golf instructor.
Bell was known for her strong advocacy of women’s golf.
She began playing golf at age 17.
Peggy took to the game immediately and quickly won a number of titles.
Bell played college golf at Rollins College.
Bell 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.
Bell was also a member of the 1950 U.S. Curtis Cup team.
During that time Peggy 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.
During 1990, Bell was voted the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.
Bell became the first woman voted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame in 2002.
She owned the Pines Needles Resort in Southern Pines, North Carolina.
Bell’s older daughter, Bonnie, is married to former PGA Tour member Pat McGowan.
Peggy Kirk Bell passed away at 96 years old.