The Lou Marsh Legacy - Honouring Canada's Top Athletes

Sandra Post

Golf

1979


Golfer Sandra Post holding a golf club during a competition

Golfer Sandra Post holding a golf club during a competition

Date
1968
Collection
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

The long and winding road…

The LPGA Championship—Pleasant Valley, Sutton, Mass., June 23, 1968. The Canadian rookie is in an 18-hole playoff. Her opponent is Kathy Whitworth, the LPGA’s (Ladies Professional Golf Association) most winning golfer. It is a ‘major’ tournament—The LPGA Championship. Pleasant Valley unlike its name is regarded one of golf’s toughest courses…

Sandra Post stunned the golf world when she carded a five-under-par 68, to beat Whitworth by seven strokes. With her first professional win she rewrote the record books by becoming the first foreigner, first Canadian, first rookie and the youngest to win the LPGA title. She ended the season as Rookie of the Year. It is one of golf’s indelible moments and a shining memory for Sandra Post. On that day the golf gods had smiled on her, however it is what followed that truly defined her.

Simply stated, winning at the top level of golf is tough. Sandra Post crisscrossed the continent driving 45,000 miles a year looking for win number two. It would take 10 more years. From the beginning she demonstrated the determination and persistence to be a contender. She earned many second places and a bunch of top-tens. She claimed unofficial wins in Australia and Japan. Then in 1978, came win number two, the prestigious Dinah Shore tournament, soon following up with win three.

In 1979 she made a statement…

Dinah Shore Winners Circle—Mission Hills Country Club, April 8, 1979, Rancho Mirage, California. Sandra Post outduelled rising star Nancy Lopez for an unprecedented back-to-back win at the prominent Dinah Shore. After matching identical scorecards with Lopez on the first three days, Sandra fell behind by two stokes at the turn. The magic began with a 30-foot birdie putt on 11, a chip-in at 12, and another 30-footer for birdie on 16. Her nerves tested her on the 18th tee. She needed par for the win. A cool Sandra Post closed the deal.

She won two more tournaments in1979 and finished a close second on the LPGA Tour Money List. She had validated herself as one of the most tenacious players on tour. It truly was her year!

Marsh Trophy rewards Post ‘for 27 years of dedication’ Adobe PDF Transcript


Highlights

1964-1966
National Junior Golfing titles
1968
First Canadian and youngest person to win LPGA Title
1968
Rookie of the Year
1968-1984
Eight LPGA victories, 20 second places
1978
Dinah Shore Tournament, Lady Stroh’s Open victories
1979
Dinah Shore Tournament, Lady Michelob, ERA Real Estate Classic victories
1979
Lou Marsh Memorial Award
1979-1980
Bobbie Rosenfeld Trophy