Mary Lena Faulk was an American professional golfer who was born on April 15, 1926 in Chipley, Florida. When she turned 14 years of age, her family moved to Thomasville, Georgia, and from there, she started her golf career.
From 1946 to 1948, she won three consecutive Georgia Women’s Amateur Matchplay Championships. She also won the Helen Lee Doherty Championships from 1951 to 1953. Then in 1953, she won the U.S. Women’s Amateur title. A year later, in 1954, she became a member of the USGA Curtis Cup team and defeated the Great Britain team to win the title. In that same year, she won the Georgia State Women’s Medal Play Championship.
She was also a three-time-Georgia State Women’s Champion, as well as a three-time-Florida East Coast Champion.
By 1955, she turned professional and won a total of six LPGA Tour titles which included the 1961 Western Open title. She also came in second at the 1955 U. S. Women’s Open which was played at the Wichita Country Club in Wichita, Kansas.
In 1965, after a decade of playing professional golf, she decided to retire. She became a golf instructor and taught at the Georgia’s Sea Island Golf Club. She was also a golf instructor at the Broadmoor Country Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado for 16 years.