Annika Sorenstam recalls Peggy Kirk Bell as ‘trailblazer’ for women’s golf

Annika Sorenstam recalls Peggy Kirk Bell as ‘trailblazer’ for women’s golf


Annika Sorenstam recalls Peggy Kirk Bell as ‘trailblazer’ for women’s golf

Peggy Kirk Bell has been gone for nearly six years, but her spirit can be felt at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club.

The story of women’s golf can’t be told without giving a nod to Bell, the sport’s matriarch. A friend of legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam and Ben Hogan, Bell watched the growth of golf in real time and became a part of its storied history.

A member of seven Halls of Fame, Bell was the first woman inducted into both the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame and PGA Golf Instructors Hall of Fame. In 1990, she was given the Bob Jones Award, the United States Golf Association’s highest honor.

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