Laura Davies has been a competitor all of her life. After more than 70 wins worldwide and four Major Championships, she says, “I think I can still win… that is my driving force – to win more trophies and keep going.”
Davies comes by this feeling naturally. Coming from a very competitive family, she played every sport, especially the games her older brother played. She recalls watching her dad and older brother playing golf at the Corby Golf Club when she was around age 11 and decided that she wanted to play as well.
Her brother, Tony, introduced her to the game when she was 14. Like most siblings, all she wanted to do was beat her brother at whatever he was doing and, as she says, she “dusted” him by the time she was 16. In the two short years after taking up the game, she was down to an 8-handicap and had started playing competitively. Davies played well enough to earn a place on Surrey County’s first team.
Golf and the thrill of competition had motivated her so much that she left school and gave up everything to become a professional golfer. She worked weekends taking various jobs that would allow her to work on her golf game. Davies turned professional at age 21.