Longtime instructor in exclusive company in Class of 2021
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (July 8, 2020) — Four-time major champion Susie Maxwell Berning, a treasured golf instructor-in-residence at The Reserve Club since its inception in 1998, has been selected as an inductee in the World Golf Hall of Fame, Class of 2021.
“Susie embodies every characteristic of a Hall of Famer: exceptional skill, integrity and passion, and is dedicated to the sport and professionalism of golf,” said Bill Lane, Club President at The Reserve.
“Her vast playing and teaching expertise is exceeded only by the personal attention she provides, enriching each lesson or playing experience. We are most fortunate she shares her time with members, and we are thrilled she has been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame.”
Berning began playing golf at the age of 15 and won three-straight Oklahoma State High School Golf Championships. She was the first female to be offered a golf scholarship from Oklahoma City University and played on the men’s team. After becoming an LPGA professional in 1964, she earned the Rookie of the Year title.
Throughout Berning’s career, she won 11 times including an impressive four Majors – the 1965 Women’s Western Open and the U.S. Women’s Open three times in 1968, 1972 and 1973. She is one of only four women to win the U.S. Women’s Open three or more times, and the first to accomplish this while juggling a family.
For the past 20 years, Susie has been an LPGA Teaching Professional at The Reserve Club and has become an integral part of The Reserve family.
Berning joins Tiger Woods, Marion Hollins and Tim Finchem in the induction class of 2021. The four Inductees will bring the World Golf Hall of Fame Member total to 164.
She is the recipient of the 2018 LPGA Pioneers award for her contributions to the game and was recognized during the LPGA’s 50th Anniversary in 2000 as one of the LPGA’s top-50 players and teachers.
Berning has two daughters, Robin Doctor and Cindy Molchany. She was one of just a few LPGA players who traveled with children in the 1970s, driving a motorhome across the country to tour stops.
The Reserve Club is an exclusive, environmentally responsible golf and residential community. The Reserve’s 700 acres includes its prized 18-hole course – plus three Trophy Holes – occupying one of the last great expanses of native desert landscapes designated for golf in the Coachella Valley. Designed by Weiskopf and Jay Moorish, the course’s greatness is defined by the natural flow of the land, from rugged outcroppings and ridges to picturesque canyons nestled into the surrounding Santa Rosa Mountains.
For more information about The Reserve Club, call (760) 674-2239 or visit www.thereserveclub.com