In Memory: Peggy Kirk Bell ’43

Rollins College alumna and women’s golf advocate Peggy Kirk Bell ’43 dies at 95.

Photo courtesy of Tufts Archives (Pinehurst North Carolina) Photo courtesy of Tufts Archives (Pinehurst North Carolina) Peggy Kirk Bell ’43 passed away on November 23. The Rollins alumna was a widely known golfer as well as a respected teacher and ambassador of the sport. Her contributions to golf spanned more than 70 years.

As an amateur golfer from Ohio in the 1940s, Bell was one of the nation’s top players. She won the Ohio Women’s Amateur Championship, the North and South Amateur in Pinehurst, the Eastern Amateur, and the Augusta Titleholders.

Bell left Boston University in 1941 to attend Rollins College where she majored in education. Following graduation, she went on to play on the 1950 Curtis Cup team.

Later in life, she and husband Warren Bell bought Pine Needles golf course in Southern Pines, North Carolina. The course hosted the U.S. Women’s Open three times. Bell also became an owner of the Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club in 1994.

Among her many accomplishments and accolades, Bell was a member of seven halls of fame, including the Ohio Sports Hall of Fame, the North Carolina Sports Hall of fame, North Carolina Business Hall of Fame, the LPGA teaching division, and she was the first woman to be inducted in the PGA Golf Instructors Hall of Fame.

Photo courtesy of Tufts Archives (Pinehurst North Carolina) Photo courtesy of Tufts Archives (Pinehurst North Carolina)

Since 1977, the Rollins women’s golf team has hosted the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational as one of the nation’s premier early spring tournaments. The event stands as a lasting tribute to Bell’s influence on the present and future of women’s golf.

Read more about Bell’s legacy in USA Today.

Photo courtesy of Rollins Athletics Photo courtesy of Rollins Athletics