LAURA DAVIES, the most successful British female golfer of the modern era, has had a couple of reasons for cheer lately.
Firstly, the four-time major winner was officially made ‘Dame Laura’ in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, conducted by the Princess Royal. Then, the very next day, it was confirmed she had been finally inaugurated into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
The 51-year-old, who has won 84 times around the world, including 45 times on the Ladies European Tour, had been ineligible for a place in the Hall of Fame under the previous batch of entry requirements. However, following a change to the selection procedure, she was named amongst the ‘Class of 2015’, alongside Mark O’Meara, David Graham and A.W. Tillinghast.
“I think it’s the pinnacle,” said Davies, who will be officially inducted in St Andrews next July. “If you’ve had a great and long career, the one thing that you want is to end up in the Hall of Fame. To get the call was the icing on the cake.”
The timing of Davies’ two honours couldn’t be better as she gears up to celebrate 30 years as a professional in 2015.