When the African Sun Showed its Face
The Moss Creek Women’s Invitational was first known as the Ladies Masters when it started in January 1976. Within a month of inception, the initial name sparked controversy and lawsuit threats. The golf tournament, on the LPGA Tour, ran to 1985. It was played at the Moss Creek Plantation on Hilton Head Island, in South Carolina.
Sally Little, an eventual winner of 15 LPGA tournaments including two major championships, won the inaugural Women’s International by one shot over Jan Stephenson after holing out from a sand trap on the tournament’s 72nd hole. It was Little’s first win as a professional golfer. “It was a dream few golfers experience. I couldn’t believe it.” Sally said late Sunday afternoon.
The victory shot was 75 feet out of the bunker on the 18th hole, which took one bounce and rolled in for a birdie. The 24-year-old native South African realized her dream at the inaugural Ladies International at the Devil’s Elbow course of Moss Creek Plantation. ‘The Herald Journal, 10th May 1976’
Later that evening Sally admitted with a smile, “I was nervous. I was scared to death. When you’re in this position, it’s always a bit scary.”
In retrospect, we realize this is how legends are born. They shape our perception of the loved game. Sally is a living legend. We proudly claim her as one of Africa’s bright stars.