Play-off joy for Lincicome at ANA Inspiration

ANA Inspiration champion Brittany LincicomeAmerican Brittany Lincicome claimed a play-off victory in the ANA Inspiration and celebrated after four tough days at the Dinah Shore Course with her second dip in Poppie’s Pond at Mission Hills Country Club on Sunday.

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Reto moves at ANA Inspiration

Paula Reto5 April 2015 - South Africa’s Paula Reto fired a two-under-par 70 at the Dinah Shore Course at Mission Hills Country Club to break into the top 40 in the ANA Inspiration on Saturday, but compatriot Lee-Anne Pace had another tough day at the office and slipped to joint 70th in the season’s first Major.

Reto started moving day in a tie for 48th after earlier rounds of 74 and 73 just saw her make the weekend.

She followed a birdie-bogey combo at the second and third with five pars and notched a birdie at the ninth to turn in one under.

The second-season LPGA Tour player birdied the 12th, dropped at the 16th, but signed off with a birdie at the par-five 18th to vault to a tie for 36th on one-over-par 217.

Pace, meanwhile, completed the front nine with nine straight pars, but bogeys at the 11th, 14th, 15th and 18th saw her sign for a 76 that dropped the LPGA champion to six over 222.

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Pace, Reto make ANA Inspiration weekend

Lee-Anne PaceSouth Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace pulled off an impressive second round performance at Mission Hills Country Club in California to play herself into weekend in the season’s first Major, the at the ANA Inspiration.

The two-time Investec Cup for Ladies champion was in serious danger of missing the cut after a disappointing five over 77 in the first round.

However, Pace rallied with a hat-trick of birdies over the closing holes at the famed Dinah Shore Course to save her championship with an impressive three-under-par 69 on Friday.

The Pearl Valley golfer turned one under after two birdies and a bogey. She notched two more birdies immediately after the turn, stumbled with a double bogey at the par-four 12th, but produced the hat-trick of birdies at the end to finish a stroke above the cut, set at three-over-par 147.

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Pressel leads ANA Inspiration

Morgan PresselAll eyes are on Lydia Ko this week as she eyes becoming the youngest major champion in LPGA Tour history. But the current holder of that record, Morgan Pressel, may have something to say about Ko taking that from her just yet after firing a five-under-par 67 in the afternoon to storm into the lead in the Ana Inspiration.

Pressel became the youngest major champion at the age of 18 when she took the leap here into Poppie’s Pond in 2007 and is hoping to add another plaque to the Walk of Champions.

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Nocera lifts Lalla Meryem Cup

2015 Lalla Meryem Cup winner Gwladys NoceraGwladys Nocera made amends for the heartbreak of her play-off defeat 12 months ago by coming back and claiming a two stroke victory in the Lalla Meryem Cup at Golf de L’Ocean in Agadir.

The 39-year-old Frenchwoman sealed her 14th Ladies European Tour title, just three months after her last victory in the Hero Women’s Indian Open.

She started the day with a two stroke lead and a final round of one under par 70 was enough to end two strokes ahead of South Africa’s Nicole Garcia (70) and English duo Melissa Reid (66) and Felicity Johnson (67).

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Garcia and Pace in prime position

Nicole GarciaSouth Africa’s Nicole Garcia fired a six-under-par 65 to vault to second in the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco, while compatriot Lee-Anne Pace cruised to a flawless 67 to tie for 12th in Kia Classic on the LPGA Tour on Friday.

On another low scoring day at the sun-kissed Golf de l’Ocean in Agadir, Garcia and 2014 runner-up Gwladys Nocera from France capitalised in the perfect conditions with 65s.

Nocera took pole position at nine-under-par 133, while Garcia finished a further stroke adrift.

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Garcia sets pace in Morocco

Nicole GarciaNicole Garcia led the Sunshine Ladies Tour pack in the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco, while Lee-Anne Pace and Paula Reto got off to a slow start in the Kia Classic on the LPGA Tour on Thursday.

Garcia carded an opening 69 in the Ladies European Tour event at Golf de l’Ocean in Agadir to finish just two strokes behind pacesetters Tonje Daffinrud of Norway and Ursula Wikstrom of Finland.

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SLT ladies primed for action

Lee-Anne PaceLee-Anne Pace, Ashleigh Simon and Paula Reto tee off in the Kia Classic on the LPGA Tour tonight, a bevy of Sunshine Ladies Tour campaigners are duelling against the cream of the Ladies European Tour in the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco, while Ulrika van Niekerk will fly the lone South African flag in the Symetra Tour’s Florida’s Natural Charity Classic at Lake Wales Country Club on Friday.

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Major incentives for 2016 Sunshine Ladies Tour

2015 Investec Cup for Ladies qualifiersA bumper bonus pool worth R1-million for the season-ending Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies, record prize money and 54-hole tournaments are just some of the exciting incentives in store for the Sunshine Ladies Tour in 2016.

Sunshine Tour chief executive Selwyn Nathan confirmed that the 2016 Sunshine Ladies Tour will feature at least eight events in 2016, offering prize money in excess of R2.6-million.

“Investec has extended their commitment for a further three years and increased their investment to R2.5-million,” Nathan confirmed.

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Simon hunting form in San Diego

Ashleigh Simon24 March 2015 – Her final round score card in the JTBC Founders Cup might have been a bit more colourful than Ashleigh Simon hoped for, but the South African was still pretty satisfied to have banked some points in Phoenix on Sunday.

Coming off a victory in the Sunshine Ladies Tour Open and a tie for second in the SuperSport Ladies Challenge at home, Simon was thrilled to break the missed-cut run on the LPGA Tour with rounds of 70, 72, 70 and 73.

The four-time Sunshine Ladies Tour winner tied for 71st on three-under-par 285.

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