Marlene Bauer-Hagge is an American professional golfer who was born on February 16, 1934 in Eureka, South Dakota. She was known for being a child golfer winning in golf tournaments as well as receiving awards for her achievements.
She began playing golf at a young age of 3. Several years after, at the age of 10, she won her first golf title at the Long Beach City Boys Junior tournament. When she turned 13 years old, she competed and won five golf tournaments. These are the Western and National Junior Championships, the Los Angeles Women’s City Championship, the Palm Springs Women’s Championship, the Northern California Open and the Indio Women’s Invitational. She also was the youngest female golfer to make the cut at the 1947 U.S. Women’s Open where she finished in the 8th place.
At the age of 15, she won the U.S. Girls Junior Championship as well as the WWGA Junior title. In that same year, she also became the youngest to be named Associated Press Athlete of the Year and Golfer of the Year.
Then before her 16th birthday, she turned professional. And when she turned 16, she co-founded the LPGA and became the youngest to join the LPGA Tour.
In her professional career, she won a total of 26 LPGA Tour titles between 1952 and 1972. Her only major title was at the 1956 LPGA Championship where she scored 291. Aside from the title, she was also the No. 1 on the 1956 money list.
In 2001, she was awarded with the Executive Women’s Golf Association’s Leadership Award. And in the following year, in November 15, 2002, she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.