Another first for SA golf legend Little

FILE PICTURE: Sally Little during day 2 of the Gary Player Invitational presented by Coca Cola from Zimbali Coastal Resort on November 12, 2011 in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Photo by Anesh Debiky/ Gallo Images

Sally Little, South Africa’s most successful female golfer, has secured another first for this country after being named captain of the World Team for September’s ISPS Handa Cup in the US.

This is the ninth playing of the Cup, which is an international team event drawing players from the Legends Tour, the official senior tour of the LPGA Tour.

The competition features the game’s top senior women professionals, and pits an American team of 12 LPGA Legends against an international team in 36 holes of stroke-play competition.

This is the first time a South African has captained the World Team.

“I was vice-captain last year, which was the first time the World Team won. And we’ve got a big challenge this year because the Americans have a really good pool of players to choose from. But so do we,” Little said.

Little is South Africa’s most successful female professional with 15 LPGA Tour titles and two Majors to her name. She said it remained a great thrill to still be making history at the age of 62.

“I’ve been so lucky to have achieved what I have in my career. To be given this opportunity from professional golfers worldwide is such a privilege.

“It’s a great honour to be held in such regard by your fellow professionals, and to be trusted with the captaincy of the World Team is very exciting.”

The local women’s game received another boost with the launch of the South African Women’s Open last week.

“We have some incredible talent here, but we need more of them to step up,” Little said.

“We need to get the South African women’s game on a par with the men in terms of the great players we are producing.

“But I’m very excited about what’s happening with women’s golf in South Africa, and the work of the WPGA and the Sunshine Ladies Tour. We need to keep supporting it and growing it.”

– Sapa

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