Bell has been involved with the USGA for 34 years and was the first woman to be elected USGA president. She is currently a consulting director for the USGA Foundation.
'Judy Bell's golf career - both as a champion player, Rules official and an industry leader - has been a record of outstanding achievement,' said PGA of America President Jack Connelly. 'Judy is a source of inspiration to all she comes in contact with, and by her work and example has brought more individuals into the game. The PGA is honored to present her with this year's PGA First Lady of Golf Award.'
Bell's career highlights include playing at the 1950 U.S. Women's Open at age 14. She was a two-time NCAA runner-up while at Wichita State University and the winner of three Kansas State Amateur championships. She was a two-time Curtis Cup Team member (1960, '62) and a two-time Curtis Cup Team Captain (1986, '88).
Bell's USGA accomplishments include being the first woman selected to the USGA Executive Committee in 1987. She was named vice president in 1991 before being elected USGA president in 1996.
The PGA First Lady of Golf Award, inaugurated in 1998, is presented to a woman who has made significant contributions to the promotion of the game of golf. Past recipients include Barbara Nicklaus and Judy Rankin.
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