LANCASTER, Pa. – Laura Davies is feeling pressure after assuring Friday that she will make the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open.
Yeah, the test Lancaster Country Club offers has something to do with that, but it’s mostly the pressure she’s feeling to get to St. Andrews in Scotland in time for Monday’s World Golf Hall of Fame induction. She’s being inducted in the ceremony that begins at 6 p.m. local time in Scotland.
“If everything goes to plan, I should land in Edinburgh at 1 o'clock, and then I've got to drive to Dundee to the hotel, check in the hotel, have a shower,” Davies said. “That should take me to round about 4 o'clock, at which stage I can have a couple of pints of cider and get on the bus to the Hall of Fame thing. There is no room for error.”
Davies said she has videotaped an acceptance speech just in case the U.S. Women’s Open finish is bumped to Monday or there are flight delays.
The Hall of Fame Induction is planned at the University of St. Andrews, just a few blocks from the Old Course. David Graham, Mark O’Meara and the late A.W. Tillinghast also are being inducted.
Davies is flying British Airways out of Philadelphia Sunday at 10 p.m. ET, direct to London with a connection to Edinburgh. She said she’s feeling pressure even if she makes it to St. Andrews on time. She’s not comfortable giving speeches.
“I'm dyslexic, so I can't read off the [teleprompter],” Davies said. “They were going to make me write a speech, but that would be a fiasco if I tried to read. So that is not happening. I'm just going to write six or seven main points down, and then I'll talk about those main points.”
Davies is thrilled to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. She has been sitting on the doorstep of the points-based LPGA Hall of Fame for more than a decade. Her last LPGA title was the Wegmans Rochester International in 2001. It left her two points shy of qualifying for the LPGA Hall of Fame. She has 25 points. With a major championship worth two points, she could make her trip to Scotland a heck of a party by winning the U.S. Women’s Open. She would be celebrating entry into a pair of Hall of Fames.
Davies has won more than 80 titles worldwide, 45 of them Ladies European Tour events and 20 of them LPGA titles. She has won four major championships, including the 1987 U.S. Women’s Open.
For years Davies insisted she didn’t want to make it into the World Golf Hall of Fame by a vote, or make it into the LPGA Hall of Fame through a Veterans Category nomination. She wanted to earn her way. She said the World Golf Hall of Fame’s adoption of new criteria with minimum standards last year satisfies her. The World Golf Hall of Fame now requires a player to have won at least 15 tour titles or two majors to be eligible for a vote.
“It was like a popularity contest before,” Davies said. “You got voted in. I didn't want that. When they put the two majors and a certain amount of tournaments, then it became a criteria, and I met the criteria. So then I said yes immediately ... I was absolutely delighted. It's one of the highlights of my career without a doubt.”