Mary Mills, winner of three majors, continues her story by reflecting back on her early wins on the LPGA Tour, including the 1964 LPGA Championship played at the Stardust CC in Las Vegas. Mary looks back on the many places in the world where she was able to play and introduce golf to the local population. She talks about where she got her nickname "Pipeline" and discovers that she and Bruce Devlin both won tournaments in Ohio on the same day back in 1970. Mary Mill, with some great stories of Tour life in those early years, "FORE the Good of the Game."
Starting golf at the age of 11, Mary Mills has had many remarkable golf accomplishments. Learning from some of golf’s most legendary teachers, like Johnny Revolta, Tommy Armour, Paul Runyan, Bob Toski, and Ángel de la Torre, to name a few, prepared her to be great.
Mary attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., and was the No. 1 golfer on the men’s team for four years, being there was no women’s team. During that time, she won eight consecutive Mississippi State Amateur Championships. This set the tone for her golf career and hailed her as one of Mississippi’s finest golfers.
In 1962, Mary turned pro and joined the LPGA Tour and was named Rookie-of-the-Year. During her 18 years on tour, Mary won nine events, including three major championships. Her first win was in 1963. At only 23 years old and her second year on tour, Mary won the U.S. Open by finishing at 3-under. With this great feat under her belt, she went on to win the LPGA Championship in 1964 and again in 1973. After such great success, Mary was inducted into the Mississippi Golf Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.
Following retirement in 1982, Mary used her master’s degree in landscape architecture to help co-design several golf courses and even took up professional photography.
Mary now spends her time as the East Coast Director of Instruction with Bird Golf Academy, sharing her extraordinary talent with her students. After 29 years of being an instructor, her golf students are continually amazed at the golf skills she possesses and how she shares her love and passion for golf with others.