Sally Little

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Sally Little
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Sally Little
Born (1951-10-12) 12 October 1951 (age 62)
Cape Town, South Africa
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Nationality  South Africa
 United States
Career
Turned professional 1971
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour (1971-2005)
Professional wins 16
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 15
Other 1
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
(Wins: 2)
Titleholders C'ship T13: 1972
Kraft Nabisco C'ship T5: 1984
LPGA Championship Won: 1980
U.S. Women's Open T2/2nd: 1978, 1986
du Maurier Classic Won: 1988
Women's British Open DNP
Achievements and awards
LPGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
1971

Sally Little (born 12 October 1951) is a professional golfer. She originally had South African nationality, but became a United States citizen in August 1982. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1971 and won 15 LPGA Tour events, including two major championship, during her career.

Amateur career[edit]

Little was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She was the low individual at the 1971 World Amateur Team Championship and won the South African Match Play and Stroke Play titles that same year. As an amateur, she tied for fifth at the 1971 Lady Carling Open.

Professional career[edit]

Little joined the LPGA Tour in 1971 and was named LPGA Rookie of the Year. Her first professional win was at the 1976 Women's International and it came in dramatic fashion. Little holed a shot from a greenside bunker on the 72nd hole to edge Jan Stephenson by one shot.[1]

Little's best season was 1982, when she finished third on the money list. She has won 15 times on the tour, including two major championships, the 1988 du Maurier Classic and the 1980 LPGA Championship. She was awarded the 1989 Ben Hogan Award from the Golf Writers Association of America and was recognized during the LPGA’s 50th Anniversary in 2000 as one of the LPGA’s top-50 players and teachers.

Professional wins[edit]

LPGA Tour (15)[edit]

Legend
LPGA Tour major championships (2)
Other LPGA Tour (13)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 May 9, 1976 Women's International −7 (71-69-71-70=281) 1 stroke Australia Jan Stephenson
2 Mar 19, 1978 Kathryn Crosby/Honda Civic Classic −6 (77-70-70-65=282) Playoff United States Nancy Lopez
3 Mar 4, 1979 Bent Tree Classic −10 (72-67-72-67=278) 2 strokes United States Nancy Lopez
4 Aug 20, 1979 Barth Classic −8 (68-69-71=208) 1 stroke United States Pat Bradley
5 Sep 9, 1979 Columbia Savings Classic −7 (66-71-72=209) 2 strokes United States Beth Daniel, United States Judy Rankin
6 Jun 8, 1980 LPGA Championship −3 (69-70-73-73=285) 3 strokes United States Jane Blalock
7 Jul 27, 1980 WUI Classic −4 (69-71-69-75=284) 4 strokes United States Amy Alcott, United States Beth Daniel
8 Feb 8, 1981 Elizabeth Arden Classic −5 (71-72-72-68=283) Playoff United States JoAnne Carner, United States Judy Rankin
9 Mar 2, 1981 Olympia Gold Classic −4 (71-71=142) 1 stroke United States Lori Garbacz, United States Kathy Whitworth
10 May 3, 1981 CPC Women's International −1 (73-71-73-70=287) Playoff United States Hollis Stacy, United States Kathy Whitworth
11 Mar 15, 1982 Olympia Gold Classic −4 (75-74-69-70=288) 2 strokes United States Donna White
12 Apr 4, 1982 Nabisco Dinah Shore Invitational −10 (76-67-71-64=278) 3 strokes United States Sandra Haynie, United States Hollis Stacy
13 May 9, 1982 United Virginia Bank Classic −11 (72-69-67=208) Playoff United States Kathy Whitworth
14 Jul 18, 1982 Mayflower Classic −13 (71-66-70-68=275) 5 strokes United States Beth Daniel
15 Jul 3, 1988 du Maurier Classic −9 (74-65-69-71=279) 1 stroke England Laura Davies

Note: Little won the Nabisco Dinah Shore Invitational (now known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship) before it became a major championship.

LPGA Tour playoff record (4–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1978 Kathryn Crosby/Honda Civic Classic United States Nancy Lopez Won with par on first extra hole
2 1981 Elizabeth Arden Classic United States JoAnne Carner, United States Judy Rankin Won with par on third extra hole
Carner eliminated with par on second hole
3 1981 CPC Women's International United States Hollis Stacy, United States Kathy Whitworth Won with birdie on first extra hole
4 1982 Arizona Copper Classic Japan Ayako Okamoto Lost to birdie on second extra hole
5 1982 United Virginia Bank Classic United States Kathy Whitworth Won with birdie on first extra hole
6 1986 U.S. Women's Open United States Jane Geddes Lost 18-hole playoff (Geddes:71, Little:73)

Other (1)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
1980 LPGA Championship −3 (69-70-73-73=285) 3 strokes United States Jane Blalock
1988 du Maurier Classic −9 (74-65-69-71=279) 1 stroke England Laura Davies

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

  • Handa Cup (representing World team): 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 (tie)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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