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World Golf Hall of Fame adds Susie Maxwell Berning

4-time women’s major champion joins Tiger Woods, Tim Finchem and the late Marion Hollins in completing the shrine’s 2021 class

Susie Maxwell Berning, World Golf Hall of Fame member
Susie Maxwell Berning

Announced: Susie Maxwell Berning, a four-time major champion on the LPGA, as the fourth and final member of the World Golf Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021, officials said Wednesday. Maxwell Berning will join Tiger Woods, former PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and the late Marion Hollins as inductees. Maxwell Berning, 78, was selected via the female-competitor category. "Quite an honor, just to be in the same room as Mickey Wright, Kathy Whitworth, Judy Rankin and Patty Berg,” Maxwell Berning said in a statement released by the hall. “I tell you, I remember when I first was on the tour, just how nice Patty Berg was to me, and I was scared to death, as it was the first time I ever played with Mickey. To be honored alongside them is something I thought would never happen. I never even thought about it. I'm now part of their family, which makes me very proud." Maxwell Berning was a three-time Oklahoma high school champion and the first female to be offered a golf scholarship from Okahoma City University, where she played on the men’s team. She was the 1964 LPGA rookie of the year and won 11 times on the women’s tour, including the 1968, 1972 and 1973 U.S. Women’s Open titles. Maxwell Berning competed while balancing family life as a mother. “There are very few women in the history of golf that have been able to do that,” said Beth Daniel, a 2000 hall inductee and co-chair of the selection committee, “and it lets female golfers know they can have a family and a career. Nancy Lopez did it. Juli Inkster did it. But before them, Susie Berning did it.”

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