Bankable Pace wins Cape Town Ladies Open

2016 Cape Town Ladies Open champion Lee-Anne PaceCAPE TOWN, 12 February 2016 – Lee-Anne Pace is almost always a certain bet when she gets the bit between her teeth and the Paarl golfer was once again untouchable as she shifted into high gear to capture the Cape Town Ladies Open title on Friday.

Pace birdied five of the six par fives at Royal Cape Golf Club and added another brace of gains at 10 and 18 to bank her eighth consecutive Sunshine Ladies Tour title with a flawless seven-under-par 67.

The victory on 16-under-par 206 padded Pace’s stockpile of trophies, but she quickly pointed out that the three stroke victory over Ashleigh Simon was a lot more work than the leaderboard implied.

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Simon 'rocks up' to lead Cape Town Ladies Open

Ashleigh SimonCAPE TOWN, 11 February 2016 – After she fired five birdies on the back nine at Royal Cape Golf Club for a five-under-par 69 in the first round of the Cape Town Ladies Open, Ashleigh Simon jokingly said she always rocks up on the back nine. But the four-time Sunshine Ladies Tour winner certainly brought her ‘back nine’ to the party in Thursday’s second round.

The 26-year-old Johannesburg pro negated a bogey at five with four birdies over the first nine holes and added another quartet of gains coming home and a six under 68 handed her the outright lead on 11-under-par 137.

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Samu leads pro stars in Cape Town Ladies Open

Ivanna SamuCAPE TOWN, 10 February 2016 – It was one for the books as top ranked amateur Ivanna Samu upstaged the country’s leading professionals to grab the first round lead in the Cape Town Ladies Open at Royal Cape Golf Club on Wednesday.

The lanky 17-year-old Ruimsig golfer showed some exceptional skills in a testy north-westerly wind to fire an opening six-under-par 68 for a one stroke lead over the high profile likes of Lee-Anne Pace, Ashleigh Simon and Monique Smit.

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Bregman plans bold title defence in Cape Town Ladies Open

Stacy BregmanCAPE TOWN, 9 February 2016 - Stacy Bregman is champing at the bit to convert her solid form this season into a fifth Sunshine Ladies Tour title when she takes up her title defence in the Cape Town Ladies Open this week.

The 29-year-old Country Club Johannesburg player tied for second in the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies between joint fourth finishes in the Ladies Joburg Open and Ladies Tshwane Open.

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SA’s Reto races to top 10 finish in Florida

Paula Reto7 January 2016 - South Africa’s Paula Reto to grab her first top 10 finish for 2016 in the Coates Golf Championship, while countrywoman Lee-Anne Pace tied for 22nd at the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club on Saturday.

Coming off a tie for 54th with Pace and rookie Bertine Strauss in the LPGA’s season opening Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, Reto fired rounds of 82, 69 and 70 to move within six shots Ha Na Jang from South Korea and world number one Lydia Ko from New Zealand, who shared the 54-hole lead on 11 under 205.

Pace, meanwhile, added a third round 70 to a pair of 72s to get to one under 215.

Reto signed off with a 71 to tie for ninth on six under alongside American trio Austin Ernst, Lexi Thompson and Alison Lee, while Pace returned a final round 70 to join PK Kongkraphan from Thailand and American Stacy Lewis on three under 285.

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Smith plays it smart to win Ladies Tshwane Open

Ladies Tshwane Open champion Monique SmitTSHWANE, 4 February 2016 – Monique Smit ended a two-year title drought on the Sunshine Ladies Tour with a brilliant trap-shot and a tap-in birdie to defeat Ashleigh Simon at the first play-off hole for the Ladies Tshwane Open title on Thursday.

“I don’t think anyone can appreciate just how happy I am at this moment that I’ve thrown the monkey off my back,” the delighted Southern Cape player gushed. “This is one of the happiest moments of my life. It’s even more special to win this title after the City of Tshwane spoiled us so brilliantly with the two-day outing before the tournament. I feel privileged to be the City of Tshwane’s champion and I salute them for supporting the the Sunshine Ladies Tour.

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Simon sizzles, Smit shadows in Ladies Tshwane Open

Ashleigh SimonTSHWANE, 3 February 2016 – Ashleigh Simon lit up the back nine at Zwartkop Country Club to open up a one shot lead on Monique Smit in the second round of the Ladies Tshwane Open on Wednesday.

The four-time Sunshine Ladies Tour champion lagged three shots behind Smit at the turn, but served up a birdie-fest to complete the inward loop in 29 strokes.

A six under 66 rocketed Simon into pole position on seven-under-par 135, but if 26-year-old wants to pad her stash of trophies, she will have to fend off in-form Smit. The Southern Cape golfer enjoyed two podium finishes in 2014 and a flawless 68 left her hot on Simon’s heels.

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Dlamini soars with eagle at Ladies Tshwane Open

Nobuhle DlaminiTSHWANE, 2 February 2016 – A little anger, a great approach and an eagle at the last hole proved a winning combination for Nobuhle Dlamini on day one of the Ladies Tshwane Open on Tuesday.

The big-hitting Swazi golfer erased a pair of double bogeys with five birdies and canned a tricky 15-foot downhill putt for an eagle at 18 to sign for a three-under-par 68 and pole position at Zwartkop Country Club.

South Africa’s Ashleigh Simon went some way in justifying her pre-tournament favourite tag.

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South Korea’s Park primed for Tshwane Ladies Open

South Korea's Carrie ParkTSHWANE, 1 February 2016 – Carrie Park is intent on continuing her solid rookie run on the Sunshine Ladies Tour and hopes to go one better in her own back yard when she lines up in the Ladies Tshwane Open at Zwartkop Country Club from 2-4 February.

The 19-year-old South Korean ranks second in the Sunshine Ladies Tour Order of Merit and rose to second in the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies Points Standings following a third place finish in the SA Women’s Open, 10th at the Ladies Joburg Open and fourth in the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies event at Houghton Golf Club last week.

“I was really pleased when I learned that the Ladies Tshwane Open would be staged at Zwartkop Country Club this year,” the GFG Academy player said.

“I joined the Gauteng North Golf Union when I moved to South Africa in 2011 and I have played hundreds of rounds at Zwartkop since I was a junior. I know the course like the back of my hand. I hope I don’t sound arrogant, but if I stick to my game plan, I will have another solid finish.”

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Myeki takes page out of Dlamini’s book

Zethu MyekiTSHWANE, 31 January 2016 – Most golfers would be seriously frustrated to shoot 20 over par in a 54-hole championship and even more so if you are ranked among South Africa’s top three amateurs.

Yet, Zethu Myeki from Border wore a great, big smile after a tie for 30th in her debut in the Ladies Joburg Open on the Sunshine Ladies Tour in early January.

Myeki vaulted from 55th to third in the senior national rankings during a standout 2015 season, but rounds of 78, 76 and 82 at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington’s West Course were nowhere near the numbers the reigning Border Stroke Play champion was shooting last year.

So what exactly left Myeki so chipper? And why is she still so upbeat ahead of this week’s Ladies Tshwane Open at Zwartkop Country Club?

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