Dame Laura Davies
Dame Laura Jane Davies, (DBE) is the most accomplished English female professional golfer of all time.
Born: 5th October 1963 in Coventry, England
Home: Surrey, England
Turned Pro: 1985
Victories: 84 professional wins worldwide, 3rd only to the great Annika Sorenstam (90) and Kathy Whitworth (88)
20 victories on the LPGA Tour, including four majors
- Was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1988, Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000 and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours, all for services to golf.
- In 1994 became the first golfer, male or female, to win tournaments on five continents in one year, became the first European and non-American player to be ranked number one in the world and was the first non-American to finish at the top of the LPGA money list.
- Is the only player to participate in the first 12 Solheim Cup matches (1990–2011) on either the United States or European side.
- Is a life member of the Ladies European Tour and was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2014 and was inducted in July 2015.
- Won the Ladies European Tour (LET) Order of Merit a record seven times: in 1985, 1986, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2004 and 2006.
- Davies enjoys all sports and is an avid football fan and a Liverpool F.C. supporter. She organises the annual football match at the Evian Masters tournament in France and was once fined by the Ladies European Tour for watching an England versus Spain European Championship football match on a portable television during the final round of the 1996 Evian Masters in France, a tournament she nevertheless won.
- In 1997, 33-year-old Davies signed a four-year contract worth $1 as part of a publicity stunt for newly established American soccer team Myrtle Beach Seadawgs in the USISL D-3 Pro League. She played in one league game for the club, a six-minute cameo in a 4-1 loss against New Jersey Imperials on 18 April 1997. The future United States national soccer team international Tim Howard made his away debut in the game. Howard wrote in his book that the Seadawgs had offered a bonus of $500 to any player who could assist Davies score a goal.
- In 2001, Davies joined the BBC Sport commentary team member at The Open Championship and has regularly appeared in the commentary box for major golfing events on the BBC.
- In 2004 Davies was the first woman to compete on the men's European Tour, at the ANZ Championship.
- In 2006 along with fellow tour player Helen Dobson, Davies completed a 56-mile charity walk along the Great Wall of China to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
- On 18 April 2016, was appointed the first honorary president of the Parliamentary Golf Group, an all-party organization of MPs working to improve the state of golf in the United Kingdom.
- On 12 July 2016, Davies was presented with the "Spirit of Golf" Award from the Golf Foundation in a ceremony at Royal Troon. Davies is the first recipient of the prestigious honour.