Simon makes a comeback at LPGA Champs

Ashleigh SimonSouth Africa’s Ashleigh Simon endured a few weeks in the doldrums as she recovered from a back injury, but on Sunday the three-time Sunshine Ladies Tour champion rallied to a top 40 finish at the Wegmans LPGA Championship.

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Reto, Simon make LPGA Champs weekend

Paula RetoLPGA rookie Paula Reto and three-time Sunshine Ladies Tour champion Ashleigh Simon made the weekend at the Wegmans LPGA Championship, but former Ladies European Tour number one Lee-Anne Pace will miss the action in the season’s fourth Women’s Major Championship.

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Sunshine Ladies Tour's Smit cracks top 15 in Asia

Monique SmitTwo-time Sunshine Ladies Tour champion Monique Smit arrived home for a short break on the back of another top 10 finish on the Ladies Asian Golf Tour.

Smit missed the first four events of the season in Asia to support the newly launched Sunshine Ladies Tour at home.

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Pace in great shape for LPGA Champs

Lee-Anne PaceBuoyed by another great result on the LPGA Tour on Sunday, former Ladies European Tour number one Lee-Anne Pace heads to New York this week for the season’s fourth Women’s Major Championship.

South Africa’s top golf export vaulted into the top 10 at the Meier LPGA Classic in Michigan with a four under 67 on Saturday. Pace offset three bogeys with two birdies in a final round 72 to tie for 12th on five-under-par 279.

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Pace, Reto make the weekend in Michigan

Lee-Anne PaceFormer Ladies European Tour number one Lee-Anne Pace and LPGA Tour rookie Paula Reto will join the action this weekend after solid performances in the Meier LPGA Classic in Michigan.

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A quick nine with Nobhule Dlamini

Nobuhle DlaminiFormer SA number one amateur, Nobuhle Dlamini, earned Category 8a membership on the Ladies European Tour when she tied for fourth at the Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Qualifying in Morocco.
With an average of 268 yards, the Swazi golfer is one of the longest hitters on the LET. Dlamini finished ninth on the Sunshine Ladies Tour Order of Merit and midway through the season, she ranks 123rd with earnings of €4,597 after eight starts.

The Ladies European Tour media office caught up with Dlamini ahead of the Sberbank Golf Masters in the Czech Republic.

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A quick nine with Nicole Garcia

Nicole GarciaSouth African rookie Nicole Garcia tied for 34th at the Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Qualifying and earned Category 9b membership of the Ladies European Tour in December last year. The 23-year-old from Ebotse Golf Estate in Ekurhuleni enjoyed a stellar start to her first season on the Sunshine Ladies Tour.

Garcia reeled in five top five finishes, including a runner-up finish in her debut at the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies at Houghton and finished fifth on the final Order of Merit with earnings of nearly R60,000.

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Terrific upshots for SA’s Pace and Garcia

Lee-Anne PaceSouth Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace vaulted into the top 60 on the LPGA Tour’s Official Money List with a top four finish at the Marathon Classic in Ohio, while Ladies European Tour rookie Nicole Garcia broke a run of missed cuts to earn her first cheque in Germany on Sunday.

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Pace shares Marathon Classic lead

Lee-Anne PaceReigning Investec Cup for Ladies champion Lee-Anne Pace is just 18 holes away from landing her first LPGA Tour title after she grabbed a share of the third round lead at the Marathon Classic in Ohio on Saturday.

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Garcia leads SA challenge in Germany

Nicole GarciaEkurhuleni’s Nicole Garcia took advantage of the high temperatures at Wörthsee Golf Club near Munich to fire a superb four-under-par 68 to vault inside the top 12 at the Ladies German Open on Thursday.

The 23-year-old Sunshine Ladies Tour regular spearheads the South African challenge at the Ladies European Tour event and will start the second round just four off the pace from England’s Charley Hull, Scotland’s Kylie Walker and Yu Yang Zhang from China, who shared the first round lead.

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