LPGA Founder Bauer Dies at 74


LPGA co-founder Alice Bauer passed away Wednesday in Palm Desert, Calif., due to complications from colon cancer. She was 74. She died at the home of her sister, fellow LPGA co-founder and Hall of Fame member Marlene Bauer Hagge.
As a founder of the LPGA, Alices passion and love for the game and the association provided the foundation for the LPGA of today, said LPGA Commissioner Ty Votaw in a statement.
Bauer was born on Oct. 6, 1927, in Eureka, S.D. She won the South Dakota Amateur title at 14, and was voted South Dakotas Outstanding Woman Athlete of the Year. In 1949, she won the Southern California Amateur Championship.
Bauer turned professional and joined the LPGA at its inception, in 1950, when she became one of the organizations 13 founders. At the age of 22, Bauer was already a mother of two, so she played sparingly on tour. She did, however, with fellow co-founder Bettye Danoff, break new ground by taking her children with her to events.
Bauer never posted a tour victory. She came closest in 1955, when she lost in a playoff to Marilynn Smith in the Heart of America Tournament. Her best season was 1956, when she finished 14th on the money list.
With her death, there are now seven living LPGA founders. Bauer was diagnosed with colon cancer six years ago. She is survived by her sister; children Heidi Gussan and David Hovey; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.