LPGA Legend Sally Little Brings LPGA*USGA Girls Golf to South Africa

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., March 23, 2022 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Foundation announced today that LPGA*USGA Girls Golf will spread its reach to South Africa, in partnership with two-time major champion and LPGA Tour Legend Sally Little.

With over 500 Girls Golf sites in the United States, LPGA*USGA Girls Golf – Sally Little Golf Trust will become the 22nd international location. Other countries with Girls Golf programs include Malaysia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, France, Sweden, Venezuela, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

“As a young Tour player, I grew up through the LPGA. To this day, I share its vision and goals. The Sally Little Golf Trust was formed for that purpose. It seems only fitting to have LPGA*USGA Girls Golf and the LPGA Foundation by my side here in South Africa growing the game for girls, and I couldn’t be more delighted with this partnership,” said Sally Little.

Little was born in Cape Town, South Africa. Her interest in golf began at a young age by tagging along behind her father, Percy, on his regular weekend round of golf. By the age of 17, Little had claimed more than a dozen regional and national amateur titles. She enjoyed a successful 30-year career on the LPGA Tour, winning 15 titles including two majors. Little continues to compete on the Legends Tour, the women’s senior division of the LPGA, of which she is a founding member.

After being back in South Africa for a number of years, Little saw a need and felt a great desire to give back. In 2015, she formed the Little Golf Trust, dedicated to educating and empowering the previously disadvantaged through the game of golf. 

LPGA legend Sally Little. (Photo Credit: LPGA)

Through the Prestwich Primary School Program, Little has mentored and coached students from the beginning stages of golf, training and employing members of the adjacent Garden Village community to assist with each coaching session. The students are transported to the Sally Little Centre for Excellence and provided with food, prizes and the joy of golf. The school principal has noted the progress these girls have made not just in golf, but the improvement in their grades, discipline, perseverance, respect and leadership.

“We are so excited to bring LPGA*USGA Girls Golf to South Africa,” said Nancy Henderson, Chief Teaching Officer and President of the LPGA Foundation. “It is an honor to partner with LPGA legend Sally Little who is already so committed to making a difference to the lives of girls.”

The LPGA is on a mission to engage over 100,000 girls in the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program by 2022, continuing the movement to change the face of golf. Celebrating its 32nd year, Girls Golf is the only national program of its kind that specializes in providing a girl-friendly environment for juniors to learn and play the game of golf.

About the LPGA Foundation

Established in 1991, the LPGA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives.

Key priorities include: LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the LPGA Leadership Academy, scholarships and the Dolores Hope LPGA Financial Assistance Initiative for those in the golf industry who are experiencing severe hardship. The LPGA Foundation is supported by corporate and private donations, foundation grants and contributions from LPGA members. 

For more information on how to contribute to the LPGA Foundation, please contact LPGA Headquarters, 100 International Golf Drive, Daytona Beach, FL 32124, or by phone, +1 386-274-6200 and on the web: https://www.girlsgolf.org/donate-foundation.

About the LPGA 

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women, with a goal to change the face of golf by making the sport more accessible and inclusive. 

Created in 1950 by 13 Founders, the Association celebrates a diverse and storied history. The LPGA Tour competes across the globe, reaching television audiences in more than 220 countries. The Epson Tour, the LPGA’s official qualifying tour, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA also holds a joint-venture collaboration with the Ladies European Tour (LET), increasing playing opportunities for female golfers in Europe. Across the three Tours, the LPGA represents players in more than 60 countries.

Additionally, the LPGA Foundation has empowered and supported girls and women since 1991, most notably through LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the only national program of its kind, which annually engages with nearly 100,000 girls. The LPGA Amateur Golf Association and LPGA Women’s Network provide virtual and in-person connections to female golfers around the world, while LPGA Professionals are educators, business leaders and gamechangers dedicated to growing the game of golf for everyone.

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