Sun International’s majestic Table Bay Hotel hosted the highly anticipated launch of Sally Little’s autobiography, “Capturing the Fire – The Sally Little Story” on Tuesday 4 October 2016.
In a style befitting the occasion, the grand Ballroom at the Table Bay was bedecked with the finest furnishings to welcome over a hundred guests from across the sporting and corporate spectrum’s.
Sally arrived at the pristine venue in the utmost style. With its sleek lines and menacing looks providing an indication as to the power that lurks beneath the hood, the Maserati GranCabrio is designed to awaken the senses. Impeccably stylish inside and out, the four-seater convertible combines the very best of luxury and sporty edginess.
The car was kindly provided by Maserati South Africa, with National Corporate Manager Brian van Blerk behind the wheel to bring Sally to the venue in supreme style.
Once there, Sally was whisked off to the restaurant terrace at the Table Bay where members of the media had gathered to gauge Sally’s thoughts on such a momentous occasion. All the major news networks were represented, with journalists and camera crews from SuperSport, the SABC, e-TV, ANN7 and Unimedia Pro all present.
With her media commitments suitably fulfilled, Sally then moved to the entrance hall at the Ballroom to welcome her array of guests at Cape Town’s premier address, which included Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille, who delivered the keynote address.
Offering the ultimate in 5-star luxury hotel accommodation and widely considered to be the best address in Cape Town, the incredible Table Bay Hotel was opened in May 1997 by former South African president, Nelson Mandela, and continues to set its own standards in international service, cuisine and luxury.
Sun International’s Gaming Relationship Manager Rob Dalton was one of the guests of honour at the event. In conjunction with Unimedia Pro and Sally Little, Sun International have committed themselves to growing the sport of golf in the country, and in particular to growing women’s golf.
Sally Little’s story is one that has needed to be told for generations, but it had gone unheard for decades. Born in Cape Town in October 1951, Sally went on to be recognised by the LPGA as one of their top 50 all-time players.
By the age of 17, she had claimed more than a dozen national and regional amateur titles, and in 1970 was named South African Sportsman of the Year. In 1971 she moved to the United States and was invited to the join the LPGA. Her first tour victory was in 1976 at the Women’s International at Moss Creek, where she made one of the most famous shots in LPGA history. In the final hole of the tournament, Sally drained a 40-yard bunker shot to edge out Jan Stephenson by a single stroke. Sally went on to win 15 professional titles in all, including two majors – the LPGA Championship, in 1980, and The Canadian Open in 1988. Her achievements unfortunately were largely ignored by sport scribes and historians in her own country, and Sally became a US citizen in 1982. But in 2008 she decided to return to South Africa, where she has been expanding the game of golf ever since.
She met Dhiren Mehta, co founder of Unimedia Pro, and after hearing Sally’s story, Dhiren promised her that he would do everything in his power to make sure it was told to the masses.
On Tuesday, Dhiren and his Unimedia team made good on their promise by releasing “Capturing the Fire – The Sally Little Story”.
It was a truly glittering occasion to mark a historic moment in the South African sporting landscape, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the valuable contributions from all the stakeholders involved.