12 Mar '12, 6pm

Marilynn Smith shines in Founders spotlight

Marilynn Smith shines in Founders spotlight

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The good-natured guard at the gate to Pebble Creek’s Tuscany Falls smiled at the name: “Marilynn’s our resident celebrity,” she said. The golf course where LPGA Founder Marilynn Smith makes her home was packed on a gorgeous spring day. Bad knees, however, have kept Smith from enjoying the game these past 12 years. The right knee went bad due to golf, and the left one went south after she tried skiing for the first time (as a senior citizen). Smith, 82, is a gem. The welcoming committee at the Smith house consists of Denny, a small white Poodle mixed with an unknown breed. He’s rightfully spoiled. After a 30-second conversation on dogs, Smith went straight to her prized possession: a trophy from the World Golf Hall of Fame. She was inducted in 2006. Right underneath it sits a baseball signed by Stan Musial, a gift from the LPGA. “I used to want to pitch fo...

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