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Golf lost one of the greats in

November, when Peggy Kirk

Bell died.

Most of today’s golfers are not

familiar with the name Peggy

Kirk Bell, but to the women’s

game and to the game of golf

in general, she ranks with the

likes of Arnold Palmer, Bobby

Jones and Sam Snead.


as the founder of Pinehurst

and the man responsible for

bringing Donald Ross to the

area, but just down the road

in Southern Pines, Peggy Kirk

Bell and her husband Warren,

a former NBA star, built and

made Pine Needles into one

of the most popular stops in

the greater Pinehurst area. In

1953, they added Mid-Pines

to their domain and both

properties are still owned and

run by members of the Bell

family today.

Like Arnold Palmer at Bay

Hill, golf fans would travel to

the Pinehurst resorts, just to

meet Miss Peggy.

In 1921, she was born

Margaret Anne Kirk in Findlay,

Ohio. Even though young

women were not encouraged

to pursue athletics, she was

an excellent athlete. She did

not take up golf until she was

17-years-old, but compiled

one of the best amateur

records of all time.


in Winter Park, Florida and

her golf game continued to

improve. She won the Ohio

State Championship three

consecutive years in 1947,

1948, and 1949. Later in

1949, shewon theTitleholders

Championship, which was

a major championship for

women. She also won the

prestigious North and South

Amateur Championship and

was a member of the 1950

Curtis Cup team. Other

Golf Loses Another Legend


Fred Altvater

NWO Golf Links