Laura Davies makes Hall of Fame reception; Palmer didn't send plane for induction
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Laura Davies makes Hall of Fame reception; Palmer didn’t send plane for induction

Laura Davies didn't make it to the World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony in time to deliver her remarks in person. However, she eventually found her way to the University of St. Andrews, near the Home of Golf, to make the very end of the reception.

Earlier in the day, Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio reported that Arnold Palmer sent his private jet to London Heathrow airport to get Davies to Fife, Scotland in time for Monday night's festivities. Davies, who had left from Philadelphia after competing in the U.S. Women's Open at Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, Pa. was dealing with travel issues and would have otherwise been unable to get to the ceremony on time through commercial air travel.

Unfortunately, the described Palmer plan wasn't true. Davies missed her induction.

"Laura's absence from the Hall of Fame induction ceremony is unfortunate," read a statement from the World Golf Hall of Fame. "Laura is a competitor and we expected er to play well into the weekend at the U.S. Women's Open, which she did. As soon as her last putt dropped Sunday, the World Golf Hall of Fame and others on site made every effort to get Laura to St. Andrews. Unfortunately, mechanical issues with her plane and other international travel logistics made it impossible for her to arrive on time."

The 51-year-old Englishwoman had come up tantalizingly short of the points required to gain entry into the hall of fame as an LPGA member. Under a revamped qualifying system, Davies finally earned her place among the greats in golf history.

A four-time major champion, Davies is joined by Mark O'Meara and David Graham as the living figures to earn induction. Legendary course architect A.W. Tillinghast also will be inducted posthumously on Monday night.

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