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Louise Suggs, LPGA founder and among all-time greats in women's golf, dies at 91

  • FILE - In this Aug. 20, 1945 file photo, Louise Suggs, shows her swing at Knollwood Club, lake Forest, Ill.  The LPGA Tour says Suggs, an LPGA founder and one of the greatest female golfers of all time, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Sarasota, Fla. She was 91. The LPGA did not list a cause of death. (AP Photo/EM)

    FILE - In this Aug. 20, 1945 file photo, Louise Suggs, shows her swing at Knollwood Club, lake Forest, Ill. The LPGA Tour says Suggs, an LPGA founder and one of the greatest female golfers of all time, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Sarasota, Fla. She was 91. The LPGA did not list a cause of death. (AP Photo/EM)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 25, 1946 file photo, Louise Suggs of Lithia Springs, Ga., drives from the 10th during the second day of the Women's Western Open Golf Tournament at Des Moines, Iowa. The LPGA Tour says Suggs, an LPGA founder and one of the greatest female golfers of all time, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Sarasota, Fla. She was 91. The LPGA did not list a cause of death.  (AP Photo/Em, File)

    FILE - In this June 25, 1946 file photo, Louise Suggs of Lithia Springs, Ga., drives from the 10th during the second day of the Women's Western Open Golf Tournament at Des Moines, Iowa. The LPGA Tour says Suggs, an LPGA founder and one of the greatest female golfers of all time, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Sarasota, Fla. She was 91. The LPGA did not list a cause of death. (AP Photo/Em, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 15, 1959 file photo, Louise Suggs of Atlanta, Ga., holds up the winner's cup and a check for $1,000 after winning the Women's Titleholders golf championship in Augusta, Ga.  The LPGA Tour says Suggs, an LPGA founder and one of the greatest female golfers of all time, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Sarasota, Fla. She was 91. The LPGA did not list a cause of death.  (AP Photo/Horace Cort, File)

    FILE - In this March 15, 1959 file photo, Louise Suggs of Atlanta, Ga., holds up the winner's cup and a check for $1,000 after winning the Women's Titleholders golf championship in Augusta, Ga. The LPGA Tour says Suggs, an LPGA founder and one of the greatest female golfers of all time, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Sarasota, Fla. She was 91. The LPGA did not list a cause of death. (AP Photo/Horace Cort, File)  (The Associated Press)

The LPGA Tour says Louise Suggs, an LPGA founder and one of the greatest female golfers of all time, died Friday. She was 91.

Suggs died in Sarasota, Florida. The LPGA did not list a cause of death.

Suggs was perhaps the most influential player in LPGA history. Along with being one of the 13 founders in 1950, she served as LPGA president three times and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame and the LPGA Teaching and Professional Hall of Fame.

Her efficient swing marked her for greatness as a teenager in Georgia. Suggs won the 1947 U.S. Women's Amateur, the 1948 British Ladies Amateur and the 1949 U.S. Women's Open by 14 shots over Babe Zaharias.

The LPGA Tour named its rookie-of-the-year award after Suggs.