Three-time LPGA champion Jan Stevenson opened up at the end of her brief affair with former US President Donald Trump in the mid-1970s.
The 70-year-old Stephenson was not only a champion player but also one of the most popular women on the LPGA Tour during the 1970s and 1980s.
Stevenson, who has been regularly seen on dates with celebrities, told SEN This is your trip Trump first contacted her with a letter in 1974, asking her to represent a casino and offering to take her to New York for a meeting.
She said it was “unbelievable, it’s so romantic” and the couple played golf and had regular dinners.
When Stevenson was asked about a surprise trip to Paris for dinner, he said she was playing in Atlanta at the time when he called her.
He said, ‘Hey, would you like to go to dinner? ‘ And I said, ‘No, I’m in Atlanta, playing championship golf,'” she said.
Then he said, ‘Okay, I’d like to take you to dinner.’ And I went, ‘I’m not flying to New York right now because I’m in Atlanta and I have early launch for Pro-Am on Wednesday.’
“So he said, ‘Okay, OK, I’ll fly over to you and we’ll go out to dinner there.'” And I went, ‘Okay, that’s fair.’
He said: How do you feel? I said: I don’t care. He said: Do you like French? I said, “French is going to be great.” I didn’t know what the French would be like in Atlanta, but that’s okay.
“I got on the plane and you know how they opened the door and put the little red carpet on the plane? He didn’t come out.
I was like, “What does he do?” So I went up and the captain came out and said, “I think you should go inside.” I said, “Why would he want me to come in for?”.
“I got on the plane, and it was full of red roses and there was one seat open with one flower and a small envelope. We have reservations,” he said, and he was at some French restaurant.
“I’m like, ‘Is this in Atlanta?'” ‘ And he said, ‘No, that’s not in Atlanta’ and we’re ready to take you to this French restaurant.
I took the one rose and put, ‘Thank you, but no thank you,’ and put the note back on the bench and left.
“And that was the night I pretty much talked… I talked to him that night and he said, ‘I guess you’d pick golf over me?’” And I said: Yes.
At the time, Trump was reportedly dating his first wife Ivana as well and they married in 1977.
When asked if Trump wanted Stevenson to give up golf to be with him, she said, “We talked about it a bit and then Ivana started while he was still seeing me.
“He said, ‘I met a woman who reminds me a lot of you, she’s smart, she’s athletic, I don’t just want anyone from New York, I want someone who can be a part of my job.’” And I said, “Well, I can’t really do that.”
She added that the duo had kept in touch, and Trump said she could always revisit and play in one of his Winged Foot tournaments, but Stevenson replied: “No, it’s not like winning the US Open.”
However, the image of a sex symbol does not always correspond to Stevenson who declined the rating after winning the 1983 US Women’s Open.
“I’ve always thought it was a compliment[to consider a girl a witch],” Stephenson said at the time, “but it’s an undeserved compliment.” “There are a lot of beautiful girls on the tour and I always expect people to say something about them. But you have to win too.
“I don’t really feel like a witch girl or a sex symbol because the most important thing to me is golf.
“But, sure, I still care about my appearance.”
The label appears to have been discontinued after its cover appeared in 1977 Sports MagazineThe “Sex in Sports” version, where she is pictured with Brales for the cover wearing a pink T-shirt.
When she was told what picture they were using, Stevenson tried to persuade the editor to use a different picture, but it actually went to print.
She then became the face of the tour, but worried about the sex symbol tag, and wanted to prove that she was one of the best players in the world.
In 2019, Stevenson was inducted into the World Gold Hall of Fame, with 20 career victories, including 16 on the LPGA Tour.