I played a fair bit of golf with Sally Little over the years, but without a doubt the most memorable was when she holed a 50 footer to beat me in Vancouver for the Du Maurier Classic on the 18th green. Little, the leader since the second round, seemingly was in control with nine holes to play, but two bogeys opened the door for me. Little’s birdie putt on the 18th completed a round of 1- under 71 for a 72 – hole total of 9- under 279 on the Vancouver Golf Club course. I closed with a 70 for a 280. (4th July, 1988). I must admit at the time I thought a three putt was on the cards, but Sally went on to win and the rest is history.
It was one of those moments in my life that is erasable. That was just how fierce Sally could be and she definitely caught my attention on that day.
Sally would always remind us that she did not consider herself as a fierce competitor. “That’s not my nature” she would say, but added “Competitiveness comes from success, too compete more you succeed more, the more competitive you become”, and she would say; “If you like it, you want it.”
It was Sally Little’s first tournament victory in six seasons and was the 14th of her career and second in an LPGA major. Nancy Lopez, the leading money-winner on the tour at that time, never was a factor after opening the tournament with a 77, her worst round of the season. She shot a 76 Sunday to finish at 296.As I said I played quite a lot with Sally over the years and for sure she never changed on the course if it was good or bad on the day she was always her bubbly self and is the same today on the legends tour where she has been my captain for the world team over the past few years and she brings her enthusiasm every day. Dame Laura Jane Davies, (born 5 October 1963), is an English female professional golfer who has achieved the status of her nation’s most accomplished female golfer of modern times, being the first non-American to finish at the top of the LPGA money list as well as winning the Ladies European Tour (LET) Order of Merit a record seven times: in 1985, 1986, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2004 and 2006.
She has 85 professional wins worldwide, with 20 on the LPGA Tour, including four majors. From 1985 to 2010, she won at least one individual title somewhere in the world every season, except for 2005. She is a member of U.S.-based LPGA Tour and a life member of the Ladies European Tour. She was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2014 and was inducted in July 2015.