Garcia leads SA pack at LET Q-School

Nicole Garcia14 December 2014 – South Africa’s Nicole Garcia, Monique Smit, Melissa Eaton and Francesca Cuturi all crossed the first hurdle to make the field for the Final Stage of the 2015 Ladies European Tour qualifying school in Morocco next week.

Garcia was impressive as she claimed a 13-stroke victory in the 72-hole examination at the Red Course Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Morocco, while the Sunshine Ladies Tour trio and Namibia’s Bonita Bredenhann also passed with flying colours at the Lalla Aicha Tour School B-Stage Qualifier.

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Sizzling SA stars in Dubai

Ashleigh SimonSouth Africa’s Ashleigh Simon vaulted to a tie for 11th in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, while Lee-Anne Pace and Stacy-Lee Bregman finished a further stroke adrift in Saturday’s final round at the Emirates Golf Club.

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Pace in touch in Dubai

Lee-Anne PaceSouth Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace finished just one stroke off the pace in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on Wednesday. The reigning Investec for Ladies champion carded an opening five-under-par 67 to finish within striking distance of world number five Shanshan Feng of China and Carin Koch from Sweden, who set the first round target at the Majlis course of Emirates Golf Club.

Pace shares second with England’s Charley Hull, Becky Brewerton from Wales and Korean amateur Lee Soyoung.

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Sunshine Ladies Tour primed for festival of golf

Lee-Anne PaceA lucrative R600,000 bonus pool in the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies and a new event in Cape Town are among the highlights of the 2015 Sunshine Ladies Tour schedule announced today.

The season got underway in spectacular fashion when the country’s top ranked Lee-Anne Pace won the Cell C SA Women’s Open at San Lameer in October and will resume with a further seven events in February and March next year.

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Heartache for Pace and Chen

Lee-Anne PaceSouth Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace was forced to withdraw from her last LPGA Tour start of the season, while Connie Chen’s second title bid on the Ladies European Tour was thwarted by Chinese Taipei amateur Ssu-Chia Cheng.

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SA’s Chen holds on at Xiamen Open

Connie ChenSouth Africa’s Connie Chen held on for a share of the lead in Saturday’s second round of the Xiamen Open at the Orient Golf and Country Club in China.

The recent Tenerife Open de Espana champion followed an opening 68 in the inaugural €250,000 with a two-under-par 70 to share pole position with Belgium’s Chloe Leurquin and amateur Ssu-Chia Cheng from Chinese-Taipei.

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SA pair in great form in China

Connie ChenAshleigh Simon lags just three off the pace from compatriot Connie Chen, who took a one stroke lead in the first round of the inaugural €250,000 Xiamen Open in China.

Chen, with father Hong on the bag, toured the par-72 championship layout at the Orient Golf and Country Club in 68 strokes to take pole position on four under par.

The recent Tenerife Open de Espana champion reeled in birdies at the fifth, eighth and ninth holes after a bogey start and had three more gains on the back nine to eliminate a bogey at the 15th.

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Setting the Pace for Women’s Golf Development

Lee-Anne PaceAfter her recent epic victories at the Cell C SA Women’s Open at the San Lameer Country Club, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Blue Bay LPGA in Hainan, China, South Africa’s top women’s golfer Lee-Anne Pace is back in South Africa and is geared up for the inaugural First-Pace Golf Day for Girls.

The development initiative is scheduled for 11 November 2014 at the Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate near Franschhoek.

First Car Rental and Lee-Anne Pace, who is now ranked 29th in the world, are collaborating with big names and brands in golf to hold a talent-spotting event for young girls who attend schools near the award-winning course.

The First-Pace Golf Day for Girls was originally set to happen in May this year, but was postponed after the announcement that Pace had qualified for an LPGA Tour event after a ranking reshuffle. Pace thought she would only be gone for a week, but performed well enough to continue playing for six more months.

The aim of the First-Pace Golf Day for Girls is to spot natural talent, combined with the right passion and attitude, at grass roots level. Two girls will be offered a sponsored prize package, valued at approximately R80, 000 each, as well as coaching and mentoring sessions from the best in the golfing industry over a 12 month period to develop their skills.

“It’s fantastic that First Car Rental is supporting women’s golf and taking the initiative to grow and develop the sport through the First-Pace Golf Day for Girls, especially in my home area near Paarl,” said Pace. “This event will help us scout for young talent. We hope to assist two star players develop their skills so that they can compete at a professional level one day.”

Although the event had to be postponed, First Car Rental Executive Head: Strategy, Development & Marketing, Melissa Storey, believes it was for the best.

“Lee-Anne has returned to South Africa with two 2014 international titles to her name. She was a star to begin with, but has proven that with passion and dedication, anything can be achieved. She will be an inspiration to the girls.”

Eleven government and private schools from the surrounding Franschhoek area were identified to participate in the day and 40 girls between the ages of nine and 17 were nominated by their school heads, coaches and teachers to take part in the fun, but testing afternoon.

The tutoring on the day will be conducted by South Africa’s number one ranked golfer, Lee-Anne Pace, and pro golfer and full-time teaching professional at Erinvale Golf Estate, Rae Hast. The pro golfer is also the author of Short & Sharp – Skills to Sharpen your Game and is member of the WPGA board

They will be supported at various stations by Swingfit South Africa coaching director James Wade, Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate Golf Manager Carl Krog, as well as pro golfer Abrie Swanepoel and golf attendant Bridget Keogh, both from Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate.

The First-Pace Golf Day for Girls aims to nurture young talent and help develop the proper attitude, character and personality upfront so that they may continue to become the country’s superstars tutored by the best there is.

The fully-sponsored prize package for the two winners includes playing rights and full use of facilities at Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate; coaching and mentoring by professionals such as SwingFit, in association with Boland Ladies Golf, a set of golf clubs and bag, plus applicable golf clothing and shoes sponsored by Puma and Cobra.

Event details:
Date and time of event: Tuesday, 11 November 2014 from 15h00 – 17h00
Venue:  Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate, Franschhoek, Western Cape

 

SLT gains international support

On the baSunshine Ladies Tourck of a very successful 2014 Cell C SA Women's Open and Lee-Anne Pace ending a 26-year title drought for South Africa on the LPGA Tour, the Sunshine Ladies Tour received huge recognition from Sports International Magazine.

Follow the link to below and view 10 pages in the 12th edition dedicated to the stars of South African women's golf and the hard work of the WPGA, Sunshine Ladies Tour staff and sponsors and SA Women's Open promoter, World Sports Promotions.

http://issuu.com/sportsinternationalmagazine/docs/magazine-issue12/0

Pace hopes LPGA win boosts SA women's game

Blue Bay LPGA champion Lee-Anne PaceLee Anne-Pace broke a 26-year LPGA Tour title drought for South Africa when she claimed a three stroke maiden victory in the rain-shortened Blue Bay LPGA in China on Monday.

Pace is only the second South African-born champion in LPGA Tour history after two-time Major winner, Sally Little, who won 15 times between 1976 and 1988.

The Sunshine Ladies Tour number one believes her victory will inspire a new wave champions from South Africa and go a long way in boosting the development of the women’s game at home.

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