With more than 80 worldwide wins including four major championships, Dame Laura Davies is finally being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
For several years Davies refused to have her name placed on the international ballot, wanting to earn her way into the Hall based on a tough points system that is still used for the LPGA Hall of Fame. With a change to the qualifications in 2014 to require 15 wins or two major championships, the 51-year-old easily qualified.
“I was really pleased to be inducted in this ballot mainly because they had a criteria rather than just a vote,” Davies told LPGA.com via email.
In addition to the change in qualification, the 2015 induction will also have a change of venue which will be held at St. Andrews rather than St. Augustine in Florida as has been the tradition, making this occasion an extra special one for the Englishwoman.
“I think it's really nice it’s at St. Andrews as many of my friends and family will be able to attend where as they wouldn't have been in Florida,” said Davies.
Already recognized as Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen of England and one of the first female members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, this is just one of the latest honors bestowed upon Davies.
“Because it's a criteria which is quite tough, I think this has to be up there with my dame hood from the Queen last year and being made a member of the Royal and Ancient,” Davies said.
She will be inducted Monday alongside David Graham, Mark O’Meara and A.W. Tillinghast as part of the 2015 Class.