Margaret Lovell was cited the “First Lady of Golf” in a historical book about women’s golf in Michigan.
She was inducted to the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 1990 with her husband, Dr. Frank Lovell, in large part because both were leaders at the local and national levels in service to the game and were especially active in support of junior golf.
Margaret served as a chairperson for the Detroit Junior District Golf Association and then took her work to the national level working with the United States Golf Association on the USGA Girls Junior Committee, the USGA Women’s Golf committee and the Curtis Cup Championships committee. She served terms as the chairperson of the Women’s Committee and the Girls’ Junior Committee and traveled to Ireland, Paris and Rome for Curtis Cup and other international competitions.
Like her husband, she was an active rules expert and official at the local and national level, and they were prominent members at Birmingham Country Club. Their son Ray, and daughter, Mary, became outstanding amateur golfers in the 1950s and brought their parents into volunteering and eventually leadership in the game as they traveled playing in USGA competitions.
In 1968, Margaret played a key role in Birmingham Country Club hosting the U.S. Women’s Amateur and Flint Golf Club hosting the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.
Margaret passed away 14 years after her husband in 1993.
Year inducted: 1990