Sandra Post

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Sandra Post
Personal information
Full name Sandra Post
Born (1948-06-04) June 4, 1948 (age 68)
Oakville, Ontario
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Nationality  Canada
Residence Toronto, Ontario
Spouse John Elliot, Jr.
(m. 1970)[1][2]
Career
Turned professional 1968  (age 19)
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
ANA Inspiration T62: 1983
Women's PGA C'ship 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 retired professional golfer, the first Canadian to play on the LPGA Tour.

Post was the first Canadian to win multiple times in the same season on the LPGA Tour, doing so twice, the first two times a Canadian performed the feat, in 1978 and 1979. The next time which this occurred was in 2000 with Lorie Kane.[3]

Early years[edit]

Born in Oakville, Ontario, Post was introduced to golf at age five by her father,[4] and was a youthful prodigy who learned her golf at the nearby Trafalgar Golf Club. She was competing in Ontario provincial events by age 13 and compiled an outstanding junior and amateur career that included winning the Ontario and Canadian Junior Girls Championships three times each.[4][5]

Professional career[edit]

Wins major, LPGA Rookie of the Year[edit]

Bypassing college, Post turned professional in the spring of 1968 and joined the LPGA Tour at age 19.[4] In her debut season of 1968, Post became the youngest to win a women's major title at 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; she was the only Canadian to win a major for 48 years, until 18-year-old Brooke Henderson in 2016.

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 December 1974, she won the Colgate Far East Open, a non-tour event in Melbourne, Australia.[6]

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 Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle in 1978 and 1979.[7][8]

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 runner-up finishes, including the U.S. Women's Open in 1975.

Honors[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 1999, she was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.[9] 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 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 To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jun 23, 1968 LPGA Championship 72-75-74-73=294 +2 Playoff United States Kathy Whitworth
2 Apr 2, 1978 Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle 65-74-72-72=283 –5 Playoff Australia Penny Pulz
3 Aug 20, 1978 Lady Stroh's Open 69-71-71-75=286 –2 Playoff United States Pat Meyers
United States Kathy Whitworth
4 Apr 8, 1979 Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle (2) 68-70-68-70=276 –12 1 stroke United States Nancy Lopez
5 May 13, 1979 Lady Michelob 72-69-69=210 –9 2 strokes United States Pat Bradley
6 Sep 23, 1979 ERA Real Estate Classic 71-73-70-70=284 –8 2 strokes United States Donna Caponi
7 Aug 3, 1980 West Virginia LPGA Classic 69-69-73=211 –5 Playoff United States Donna Caponi
8 Jun 7, 1981 McDonald's Kids Classic 69-69-73-71=282 –6 2 strokes United States Amy Alcott

Note: Post's wins in the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle (now ANA Inspiration) were 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. ^ "Sandra Post to wed Fort Lauderdale pro". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Associated Press. March 14, 1970. p. 70. 
  2. ^ Svoboda, Chuck (August 22, 1970). "Wedding bells hamper Sandra Post's career". Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph. Canadian Press. p. 9. 
  3. ^ Sportsnet Central. 4 July 2016. Rogers Sportsnet. 
  4. ^ a b c Thibeault, Marc (May 29, 1979). "Sandra Post knew as tot she wanted to be golf pro". Montreal Gazette. p. 53. 
  5. ^ Barclay, James A. (1992). Golf in Canada: A History. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 978-0-7710-1080-4. 
  6. ^ a b "Sandra Post takes Far East tourney". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Florida. Associated Press. December 9, 1974. p. 5C. 
  7. ^ "Sandra Post surprised with win". Evening News. Newburgh, New York. Associated Press. April 3, 1978. p. 10B. 
  8. ^ Peters, Ken (April 9, 1979). "Sandra Post outlasts Nancy Lopez". The Day. New London, Connecticut. Associated Press. p. 38. 
  9. ^ "Sandra Post". Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 

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