The late Peggy Kirk Bell will earn golf’s highest honor as she is inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame during the 2019 Induction Ceremony on Monday, kicking off the U.S. Open Championship week.

Retief Goosen, Billy Payne, Jan Stephenson, Dennis Walters will also be inducted at the ceremony, which takes place at the Sunset Center in Carmel-By-The-Sea, Calif. 

At one time, Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, located in Southern Pines, was owned by Bell, one of the founding members of the LPGA. Ms. Bell was a longtime advocate for women’s golf and Southern Pines resident until her death in 2016 at age 95. Pine Needles is still in the hands of the Bell family.

Ms. Bell took up the game as a teenager, making a name for herself as an amateur star. She went on to become a charter member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association in 1950 after winning the 1949 Titleholders Championship and participating on the winning 1950 Curtis Cup team.

She received the PGA of America’s First Lady of Golf Award in 2007 and was an avid supporter of the game as a top 100 golf instructor, becoming the first woman selected into Golf Magazine’s World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame. 

Bell was selected for the Lifetime Achievement category. The ceremony will be airing live on the Golf Channel at 7:30 p.m.


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