Achievements

Sally's Biography

South African icon, Sally Little, enjoyed a successful 28 year career as a professional golfer competing on the world stage. She won 15 LPGA titles, including two majors, the 1980 LPGA Championship and the 1988 Du Maurier Classic.

Career highlights:
• Winner of 5 International Tournaments and 8 International Amateur Events
• 1970 South African Sportsman of the Year Award
• 1970 South African State President’s Award for outstanding athletic achievements
• 1972 LPGA Rookie of the Year
• 1982 Dinah Shore Champion
• 1989 Winner of Golf Digest’s Ben Hogan Award for Comeback Player of the Year
• 1996 inaugural South African Women’s Masters Champion
• Founding member of the Legends Tour, the official senior tour of the LPGA

Sally was inducted into the 2009 inaugural class of the Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame.

She was awarded the Steve Tshwete Lifetime Achievement Award by the South African Sport Ministry in 2012.

In 2016, Sally was the first female inducted into the South African Hall of Fame.

Sally returned to South Africa because her greatest desire is to give back to the country that gave her wings, and to pursue her passions through the game she loves. In that pursuit, the Sally Little Golf Trust was formed.

Achievements

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

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)
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

Amateur

Professional

  • Handa Cup (representing World team): 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 (tie)
  • Handa Cup World Team Captain 2014, 2015