Sally Dodge once wanted to travel the world to play golf professionally. In 1976, after missing the cut by 6 strokes at the LPGA Qualifying School, she became the first female golf professional at Pebble Beach Golf Links. For 40 years, she has had the world travel to her. Here is her story.
I meet Sally at Olive Garden in Palo Alto in the late afternoon on a Tuesday in February. I’ve met Sally once before at the pro shop at Pebble Beach. It is the perfect contrast—the fanciness of Pebble versus the chain restaurant. As our chat goes, it becomes apparent to me how Sally’s life has been—and still is—illuminated by some of the most famous celebrities in golf and on the planet. However, Sally has had the same P.O. Box since she first started 40 years ago, and lives quietly in Pacific Grove at her home of 11 years.