|Davies competing in the China Suzhou Taihu Open 2012
Laura Davies told Chinese media on Friday that she would welcome the opportunity to design a golf course in China or to establish a golf academy.
When asked if this was of interest, she replied: “If someone offered me the chance I’d love to do it, but no-one’s offered me the chance. This is obviously one of the huge growth areas in golf. I love playing golf all over the world. China is new to me now. I’ve been coming here only three or four years but it would be great to do something.
“Golf course design is the ultimate, but anything, if you had the opportunity to come and spend time over here and be involved in the golf industry, because it is such a growth industry in China that would be something marvellous to do.”
The former World no.1 co-designed Sutton Green Golf Course in Surrey, England, with David Walker, which opened in 1994.
Recognised as the doyenne of Britain’s female golfers, Davies’s outstanding career began in the 1980s in record-breaking fashion as she lifted both the British and US Open titles. Shortly afterwards she won tournaments in Europe, USA and Japan and became the first woman ever to win on all three major Tours in the same year.
In recognition of her early success, Laura was awarded the MBE in 1998, but in order to accept the honour from the Queen, she missed the practice days for that week's Biarritz Open. Despite having never seen the course before, Laura went on to win the tournament, capping a memorable week. Laura was awarded the CBE in 2000, a testament to her continued outstanding career and to her impact on ladies' golf around the world.
In 1994 Laura became the first European player to be ranked number one in the world and the first non- American to finish top of the US LPGA money list. During that year she won seven tournaments around the world and collected over $1 million in prize money. In 1995 she again won seven times, including setting two world records in the Irish Open, namely for lowest score to par (25 under) and biggest winning margin (16 shots). 1996 saw another record broken, this time for most prize money won in a season and in 1997 Laura became the first female professional ever to win the same tournament four years in succession when she captured the Standard Register Ping Championship in Phoenix, which was also the 50th victory of her professional career.
Laura has been the lynchpin of every European Solheim Cup team and has helped the team to four memorable wins over the USA, in 1994, 2000, 2003 and 2011.
One of the most laid-back and approachable champions in any sport, Laura's generosity was demonstrated in 1994, when she won the Thailand Open and was given a diamond necklace as part of her prize, which she duly presented to her local female caddie.
Known as a long hitter, Laura's longest measured drive was during the JC Penney Skins game in 1998, when she launched the ball 378 yards off the tee.
Laura Davies was born on 5th October 1963, has won 79 tournaments worldwide including four major championships and loves all competitive sport, being a passionate Liverpool supporter. She lives in Surrey.