As the winner of 26 LPGA tournaments, including the 1956 LPGA Championship, Marlene is a most deserving addition to the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame as its 20th member, said Ty M. Votaw, LPGA commissioner. Marlene, as one of the LPGAs founders, established herself during the LPGAs formative years in the 1950s as one our most accomplished and dedicated players. She has stood the test of time, enjoying one of the longest and most successful careers the tour has ever seen. Marlene represents everything that is good about the game of golf, and I am pleased to now call her an LPGA Tour Hall of Famer.
Hagge, who played competitively on the LPGA Tour during each of the LPGAs first five decades, captured her first career win at the 1952 Sarasota Open at age 18 and remains the youngest LPGA player to win an LPGA event.
I am deeply honored and extremely thrilled to become a member of the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame, said Hagge. To become a member of an athletic Hall of Fame is the dream of every professional athlete. Being inducted to the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame is a culmination of all my lifetime achievements.
In 1950, Hagge began her LPGA career as an LPGA founder when she was only 16 years old, and today remains the youngest player ever to have joined the LPGA Tour. She was the 1956 leading money winner with eight victories and is the second-youngest player in LPGA history (behind Nancy Lopez) to win 10 titles (22 years, six months and 10 days old at the 1956 Denver Open). In 1971, Hagge set a nine-hole scoring record of 29 at the Lem Immke Buick Open in Columbus, Ohio ' a record that stood for 13 years before Pat Bradley and Mary Beth Zimmerman recorded 28s in 1984 and Annika Sorenstam in 2001.
As an amateur in 1947 at the age of 13, Hagge became the youngest player to make the cut at the U.S. Womens Open and finished eighth. In 1949 at the age of 15, she became the youngest athlete ever to be named Associated Press Athlete of the Year, Golfer of the Year and Teenager of the Year. In 1950, Hagge turned professional two weeks before her 16th birthday.
For the committee to consider nominating a veteran player for consideration, the Veterans Committee considers the following criteria:
have been an active member of the LPGA Tour for a minimum of 10 years;
have been an inactive or retired member of the LPGA Tour for a minimum of five consecutive years prior to the year of nomination;
have won/been awarded at least one of the following'an LPGA major championship, the Vare Trophy or Rolex Player of the Year honors;
have had an extraordinary career which significantly impacted the growth of the LPGA Tour.
Hagge joins the following members in the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame: Patty Berg (1951), Betty Jameson (1951), Louise Suggs (1951), Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1981), Betsy Rawls (1960), Mickey Wright (1964), Kathy Whitworth (1975), Sandra Haynie (1977), Carol Mann (1977), JoAnne Carner (1982), Nancy Lopez (1987), Pat Bradley (1991), Patty Sheehan (1993), Betsy King (1995), Amy Alcott (1999), Beth Daniel (1999), Juli Inkster (1999), Judy Rankin (2000), Donna Caponi (2001) and honorary member Dinah Shore (1994).
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