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Sandra Post, a seasoned pro

The Story

Sandra Post, a seasoned pro, is Canada's first golfer to play on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour. She has racked up considerable wins and is now one of the top money earners on the circuit. In this CBC Television clip, Post discusses her decision to turn pro and the tough competition she faced in the United States. 

Medium: Television
Program: Yes You Can
Broadcast Date: March 3, 1981
Guest(s): Sandra Post
Host: Tammy Bourne, Trevor Bruneau
Duration: 2:52
This clip has been edited for copyright reasons.

Did You know?

• Sandra Post was born on June 4, 1948, in Oakville, Ont. She began playing golf at the age of six with her father and sister.

• By age 14, Post was spending seven hours per day on the golf course. At age 16 she claimed the 1964 Ontario Ladies championship.

• Post won the Canadian Junior Girls Championship three years in a row (1964-66). After failing to perform at the Canadian Open and Close, Post eventually graduated to the LPGA in 1968. In that same year she ascended to the top of the ranks, winning the LPGA championship at age 20. With this win, Post set a record as the youngest winner of a modern major.

• Jubilant and bubbly off the course, Post was known for her calm and controlled manner on the greens. "Sandra is a cool golfer," an observer described. "Most of the 50 women on the circuit have mannerisms to show pleasure, exasperation or disappointment. Sandra looks as if she works to keep emotion out of her face. She rarely smiles, and when she makes a good shot, barely acknowledges the gallery's applause." - from the book Golf in Canada (1992), by James A. Barclay

• Between 1968 and 1974, Post's game was erratic, with sporadic wins. During this time Post suffered a flare up of chest and back pains from an old injury. As well, Post and her husband, John Elliott Jr., divorced. She later remarried, to John McDermid.

• In 1975, Post staged a comeback and placed 10th on the LPGA money list. In 1979 she finished 2nd on the LPGA list behind celebrated golfer Nancy Lopez. Canadian sports writers awarded her the Lou Marsh Trophy for her spectacular year.

• In 1983, Post retired from competitive golf.

• In 1988, she was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. She was appointed a companion of the Order of Canada in 2003. As of 2005, Post teaches golf at the Sandra Post School of Golf near Caledon, Ont.



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