Sandra Post

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Sandra Post
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Sandra Post
Born (1948-06-04) June 4, 1948 (age 66)
Oakville, Ontario
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Nationality  Canada
Residence Toronto, Canada
Career
Turned professional 1968
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour (1968–83)
Professional wins 9
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 8
Other 1
Best results in LPGA major championships
(Wins: 1)
Titleholders C'ship DNP
Kraft Nabisco C'ship T62: 1983
LPGA Championship Won: 1968
U.S. Women's Open T2: 1975
du Maurier Classic T7: 1979
Achievements and awards
LPGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
1968

Sandra Post, CM (born June 4, 1948) is a Canadian professional golfer. She was the first Canadian to play on the LPGA Tour.

Early years, junior and amateur golf[edit]

Born in Oakville, Ontario, Post was a youthful prodigy who learned her golf at the nearby Trafalgar Golf Club. She was competing in Ontario provincial events by age 13. She compiled an outstanding junior and amateur career that included winning the Ontario and Canadian Junior Girls Championships three times each.[1]

Wins pro major, LPGA Rookie of the Year[edit]

Bypassing college, Post turned professional in the spring of 1968, at age 19, joining the LPGA Tour. In her debut season on the LPGA Tour, Post became the then-youngest player to win an LPGA major championship, by capturing the LPGA Championship. Her 18-hole playoff victory over defending champion Kathy Whitworth, by 68 to 75, also marked the first victory in the Championship by a non-U.S. player. For her performance on the professional circuit, Post was voted the Tour's Rookie of the Year award. Post did not return to the winner's circle on the Tour until 1978; however, she challenged to win on many occasions during that ten-year period. In 1974, she won a non-Tour event in Asia.

Second on 1979 money list[edit]

Post hit her peak form from 1978 to 1981, winning seven of her eight career titles, and became one of the world's top players. She captured back-to-back wins at the 1978 and 1979 Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle. For the 1979 season, she finished second on the LPGA money list, and won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's "Athlete of the Year." During her 16 years on the pro tour, Post also had 20 second-place tournament finishes, including at the U.S. Women's Open.

Honours[edit]

Several nagging injuries led Post to retire from most LPGA competition by the mid-1980s, but she competed occasionally after that. In 1988, she was elected to the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and the Royal Canadian Golf Association Hall of Fame. In 2003 she was honored by her country with membership in the Order of Canada. She was voted No. 8 of the females chosen as Canada's Athletes of the 20th Century.

Post has captained Canada's Nations Cup[disambiguation needed] team, serves as a commentator on televised golf events in Canada, and writes golf instructional articles for several Canadian magazines. She is involved in a number of charitable causes, and runs the Sandra Post School of Golf near Toronto. Post has her own golf apparel firm, and has designed a set of women's golf clubs for the Jazz Golf company.

Professional wins[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (8)[edit]

Legend
LPGA Tour major championships (1)
Other LPGA Tour (7)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jun 23, 1968 LPGA Championship +2 (72-75-74-73=294) Playoff United States Kathy Whitworth
2 Apr 2, 1978 Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle −5 (65-74-72-72=283) Playoff Australia Penny Pulz
3 Aug 20, 1978 Lady Stroh's Open −2 (69-71-71-75=286) Playoff United States Pat Meyers, United States Kathy Whitworth
4 Apr 8, 1979 Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle −12 (68-70-68-70=276) 1 stroke United States Nancy Lopez
5 May 13, 1979 Lady Michelob −9 (72-69-69=210) 2 strokes United States Pat Bradley
6 Sep 23, 1979 ERA Real Estate Classic −8 (71-73-70-70=284) 2 strokes United States Donna Caponi
7 Aug 3, 1980 West Virginia LPGA Classic −5 (69-69-73=211) Playoff United States Donna Caponi
8 Jun 7, 1981 McDonald's Kids Classic −6 (69-69-73-71=282) 2 strokes United States Amy Alcott

Note: Post won the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle (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 1968 LPGA Championship United States Kathy Whitworth Won 18-hole playoff (Post:68, Whitworth:75)
2 1976 Girl Talk Classic United States Pat Bradley, United States Bonnie Lauer,
United States Judy Rankin
Bradley won with par on second extra hole
Lauer and Post eliminated with birdie on first hole
3 1978 Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle Australia Penny Pulz Won with par on second extra hole
4 1978 Lady Stroh's Open United States Pat Meyers, United States Kathy Whitworth Won with birdie on second extra hole
5 1979 Elizabeth Arden Classic United States Amy Alcott Lost to eagle on third extra hole
6 1980 West Virginia LPGA Classic United States Donna Caponi Won with birdie on third extra hole

Other wins (1)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
1968 LPGA Championship +2 (72-75-74-73=294) Playoff1 United States Kathy Whitworth

1Won in a playoff (68 Post, 75 Whitworth).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barclay, James A. (1992). Golf in Canada: A History. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 978-0-7710-1080-4. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Graham Smith & Ken Read
Lou Marsh Trophy winner
1979
Succeeded by
Terry Fox