When I was 10 or 11 years old, I got my first set of Louise Suggs persimmon woods. On occasion, my father would help me refinish them, including the whipping. I loved those woods! I used Louise Suggs woods for nearly 20 years, including college golf and on the Futures Tour. I began to collect sets of Louise Suggs clubs and even had a set that was rumored to have belonged to David Janssen who played Dr. Richard Kimble in The Fugitive TV series in the 1960’s.
My clubs had a sentimental meaning to me, partly because I had used them for nearly 20 years but when I was younger I got the nickname “Louise” because of my clubs. Friends, family and even teachers at school were calling me Louise. I was known to my brother and sister as “Weezy”.
Growing up I didn’t know much about Louise Suggs. I only knew she must have been pretty special to have her name on these clubs I loved so much. As I got older, I learned how truly special she was, and even though I saw her in person a couple times, I never had the pleasure of actually meeting her. Looking back, I wish I had, and maybe even shared this story with her. To this day my brother and sister still call me “Weezy”. And every time I hear that or look at those clubs, I have a special feeling for the legend Louise Suggs, especially now, more than ever.