Born:Oct 12, 1951 in Cape Town, South Africa.
MAJORS (2): US LPGA Championship (1980); du Maurier Classic (1988). Total LPGA Tour wins (15). LPGA Tour leading money winner (1988).
Former LPGA Tour player, who retired from the Tour in 2005. Originally from South African, Little became a U.S. citizen in 1982.
Played as the du Maurier Classic (Jun 30-Jul 3). Second-placed Laura Davies (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Sally Little (RSA/USA), who claimed her second major championship title, and the last of her 15 LPGA Tour wins. [The Vancouver GC, Coquitlam, nr Vancouver, BC].
Played as the Mayflower Classic. Second-placed Beth Daniel (USA) finished 5 shots behind Little (RSA/USA). [CC of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana].
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Played as the United Virginia Bank Golf Classic. Little (RSA) beat Kathy Whitworth (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Sleepy Hole GC, Suffolk, Virginia].
Played as the Olympia Gold Classic (March 11-15). Second-placed Donna White (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Little (RSA). Monday finish required after rain washed out Sunday's play. [Eisenhower course, Industry Hills GC at Pacific Palms, nr Los Angeles, CA].
Played as the Nabisco Dinah Shore Invitational (11th) (April 1-4; formerly the Colgate Dinah Shore; designated a major championship from 1983). Second-placed Hollis Stacy (USA) and Sandra Haynie (USA) finished 3 shots behind Sally Little (RSA), who became a U.S. citizen later in the year. [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].
Played as the Olympia Gold Classic (Feb 26-Mar 1). Second-placed Kathy Whitworth (USA) and Lori Garbacz (USA) finished 1 shot behind Little (RSA). Event reduced to 36 holes when last two rounds were rained out. [Eisenhower course, Industry Hills GC at Pacific Palms, nr Los Angeles, CA].
Played as the CPC Women's International. Little (RSA) beat Kathy Whitworth (USA) and defending champion Hollis Stacy (USA) with a 9-foot birdie putt at the first playoff hole. [Moss Creek Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC; now called Moss Creek GC].
Played as the Elizabeth Arden Classic. Little (RSA) beat Judy Rankin (USA) with a par at the third playoff hole. JoAnne Carner (USA) was eliminated at the second playoff hole. [Soffer course, Turberry Isle Resort, Aventura, FL; at the time called the South course].
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Played as the WUI Classic. Beth Daniel (USA) and Amy Alcott (USA) finished 4 shots behind Little (RSA). [Meadow Brook Club, Jericho, Long Island, NY].
The LPGA Championship (26th) (June 5-8). Second-placed Jane Blalock (USA) finished 3 shots behind first-time major championship winner Little (RSA). [Grizzly course, The Golf Center at Kings Island, Mason, OH].
Played as the Columbia Savings LPGA Classic (formerly Natl Jewish Hospital Open). Second-placed Judy Rankin (USA) and Beth Daniel (USA) finished 2 shots behind Little (RSA). [Green Gables CC, Denver, Colorado; now permanently closed].
Played as the Barth Classic. Pat Bradley finished in second place behind Little.
Played as the Bent Tree Ladies Classic. Second-placed and defending champion Nancy Lopez (USA) finished 2 shots behind Little (RSA). [Bent Tree CC, nr Sarasota, Florida].
Played as the Kathryn Crosby / Honda Civic Golf Classic. Nancy Lopez finished in second place behind Little.
Played as the inaugural Women's International. Second-placed Jan Stephenson (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Little (RSA), who holed an 80-foot bunker shot for birdie at the final hole. After six years on the LPGA Tour this was Little's first win. The LPGA intended to call the event the "Ladies Masters" until objections and legal threats rained down from the organisers of the Augusta National Masters Tournament. [Moss Creek Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC; now called Moss Creek GC].
Little (RSA) won the LPGA Tour 1971 Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player.
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New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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