Meet the Girls: Australian legend Karrie Webb
Karrie Webb Fact File:
Name: Karrie Webb
Date of birth: 21/12/1974
Turned professional: 1994
About Karrie Webb:
After a fantastic amateur career as part of Australia’s national team she turned pro in 1994. In 1995 Webb won the Weetabix Women’s British Open before it became a major and became the European rookie of the year.
After plating Q-School Webb turned her attention to the LPGA Tour. As a rookie in 1996 she won four times and became the first player to break $1 million dollars in a single season.
Since then Webb has gone on to win 57 times as a professional including 41 times on the LPGA. This total included seven majors between 1999 and 2006 making her he best Australian golfer of all time.
Hall of Fame:
Due to her on course achievements Webb qualified for the World Golf Hall of Fame by the age of 25 but it wasn’t until five years later in 2005 she was officially inducted.
While being inducted she said: “It’s just so unbelievable to be here tonight. Thank you so much for introducing me and thank you for your very kind words. Golf has been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. It has been a huge part of shaping me into the person I am today.”
Super Grand Slam:
Karrie Webb won the Weetabix Women’s British Open the year after it became a major to what at the time was to complete the Super Grand Slam.
This meant she had won every major at least once from the du Maurier Classic in 1999 to the Kraft Nabisco Championship to the Women’s British Open in 2002.
Webb did win the Evian in 2006 but this was prior to it being named as a modern day major title. She still many more years of playing to complete the super-super career grand slam.
Webb has won a few awards throughout her career including the Australian Centenary Medal in 2001 which is given to people who have made a contribution to society or government.
In 2010 Webb was also appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to golf throughout her career and the community as a benefactor and supporter of a range of health and disability organisations.
As well as the honours given to her by Australia in 2016 Webb won the William and Mousie Powell Award. This award symbolises a player who’s behaviour represents the spirit, values and ideals of the LPGA.
This award from the LPGA has previously been won by Lorena Ochoa, Juli Inkster and Meg Mallon.
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