1997 Inductee Biographies

Laura_Baugh_1997_thumbLAURA BAUGH – Laura made an early name for herself in golf by winning both the Long Beach and Los Angeles Women’s City Championships in 1970 at age 15. The following year she won the US Women’s Amateur, and was named the LA Times Woman of the Year. She also won two California Junior Girls Championships and was named to the 1972 Curtis Cup and World Cup Teams.

Laura turned pro in 1973, but had to wait 6 months to compete in her first event, as the Tour had a minimum age requirement. She had the 36 hole lead in her first professional event where she ultimately placed second, and in the half year that she played, she finished 2nd on the money list and was named Rookie of the Year. She finished here career finishing second ten times, but was never fortunate enough to find the Winners Circle.

 

Sue_Ewart_1997_thumbSUE BENNET EWART – Sue has been active in the Long Beach golfing community since the mid-1970s. She is not only a decorated and accomplished golfer, but served the game as a member of the WSCGA’s Rules and Course Rating Committees, the USGA Women’s Mid Amateur and Women’s Committees and the USGA/R&A Rules of Golf Committee.

As a player, Sue won over 20 local Championships including the Long Beach Women’s City Championship in 1977-78-79 and 1990, and the Southern California Master’s Championship in 1988, 90, 91, 93 and 95.

She played with fellow Hall of Famer Millie Stanley at Long Beach State before turning pro and playing on the LPGA Tour in 1981-82. She regained her amateur status and became the Head Women’s Golf Coach at Long Beach State in 1996, retiring from there in 2009. She was voted the Big West Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2009.

 

Marge_Ferrie_1997_thumbMARJORIE FERRIE -- At the age of 14 Marge enrolled in the children’s golf class at San Gabriel CC. In 1940, she joined the ladies group at Virginia CC and she remained active for many years. She was a Director of WSCGA Board and held memberships at Bel Air, Riviera and Virginia until she moved out of the state in 1963.

Marge was a 12-time Club Champion at Virginia, a 3-time winner of the California Women’s Amateur, and also won the Nevada State, Trans-Miss and Long Beach Women’s City Championships.

Marge died in 1963, and an article about her life described her as “gentle, feminine, lovely and gracious, magnificent and humble, loved and respected by everyone everywhere. Marge Ferrie will always be remembered as a fine sport, a kind person and a great lady.”

 

Mark_O_Meara_1997_thumbMARK O’MEARA – A native of Mission Viejo, Mark chose to attend Long Beach State when the coach promised him on his recruiting trip “that he would never have to qualify, and would always be in the lineup”. Mark won the 1979 US Amateur at Canterbury Golf Club in Ohio in a great duel with fellow southern Californian John Cook, and was a three-time All American at Long Beach State.

Mark turned pro in 1980, and had a magnificent career with 16 victories including the 1998 Masters and British Open, which made him a clear PGA Tour Player of the Year choice that year.