Susie Maxwell Berning is a significant figure in the history of American golf. Born on July 22, 1941, Berning is a professional golfer from Pasadena, California. Her importance in golf stems from the fact that she was the first woman to receive a golf scholarship from Oklahoma City University, competing on the men’s team while she was schooling there.
Her PGA Tour wins include the Muskogee Civitan Open in 1965, the Western Open Louise Suggs Invitational, and Milwaukee Jaycee Open in 1967, the U.S. Women’s Open in 1968, the Lady Carling Open, and the Pabst Ladies’ Classic in 1969, the U.S. Women’s Open in 1972, the Heritage Village Open, and U.S. Women’s Open in 1973, and the Lady Keystone Open in 1976.
In 1968, at twenty-seven (27) years of age, Suzie Maxwell became Mrs. Berning and had two daughters as a result of her marriage, Robin and Cindy.
Her numerous awards include the 1964 Rookie of the Year for the LPGA, and the 1967 Most Improved Player. Aside from her seven LPGA triumphs, she bagged four more trophies while on the Tour. With a total of eleven major wins under her belt, Berning earned a significant status in the golfing world.
However, it was observed that her athletic form became inconsistent from her early twenties on. Despite this, it is amazing that a major proportion of her triumphs were major championships.
Berning played on the green and stayed on the LPGA Tour for several years, even when she ceased playing full time. It was in 1997, though, that she made her final Tour appearance and turned to teaching as a new golfing passion. Her stellar record and pleasant teaching manner makes her one of the most respected teaching professionals at the Nicholas-Flick Golf Academy.
Nowadays, golf fans could find her at the Reserve Club in Palm Springs or at the Maroon Creek Country Club in Aspen, Colorado.