Margaret Anne “Peggy” Kirk Bell is a former American professional golfer who was born on October 28, 1921 in Findlay, Ohio. She married her high school sweetheart, Warren “Bullet” Bell who was a former professional basketball player with the Fort Wayne Pistons. The couple has three children, with several grandchildren who are also engaged in golf.
She started playing golf at the age of 17. In the 1940s, she competed at the Ohio Amateurs tournament and won it three times. She also won the “Titleholders title” in 1949 as well as the “North and South Women’s Amateur Golf Championship title”. By 1950, she joined the United States Curtis Cup team and won the title tournament of that year. The event was played at the Country Club of Buffalo in Williamsville, New York. And then, by 1951, she also became a pioneer member of the LPGA.
Kirk Bell was also a renowned golf instructor and was named the top golf instructors in North Carolina by Golf Digest Magazine. She and her husband were the first ones to establish a golf school. She started teaching in 1953 in their own Pine Needles Inn resort in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Her daughters Peggy Bell Miller and Bonnie Bell McGowan, and son, Warren Kirk Bell also teach golf there.
Aside from being named as the top golf instructor, she was also awarded with the Bob Jones Award in 1990 as well as becoming the first woman to be chosen into the 2002 World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame.
After her husband died in 1984, Peggy continued to run the golf resort, even at the age of 88.