She watched in the beginning and watched until the end, intense and engaged, with an artist’s eye and a southern philosopher’s mind. For the first four years of its existence, players finishing their rounds at The Founders Cup did so under the steely gaze of Mae Louise Suggs, one of the original 13 founders of the LPGA who loved sitting behind the 18th green in Phoenix and shaking hands.
Observation came naturally to her. Suggs, who passed away Friday, one month shy of her 92nd birthday, was introduced to golf on the front porch of the Capital City Club in Atlanta at age 7 when she watched a parade for a local hero named Bob Jones who had just completed the Grand Slam.
“That’s how I met him,” Suggs recalled in 2001. “At that point, golf didn’t mean that much to me.”
That would soon change…