2015 Solheim Cup teams finalised

European Solheim Cup Team26 August 2015 - The European Team for this year’s Solheim Cup matches in Germany is complete after Carin Koch selected Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall, Karine Icher from France, Germany’s Caroline Masson and Catriona Matthew from Scotland as her captain’s picks.

All four players shared in the record-breaking 18-10 victory at Colorado Golf Club two years ago.

The rest of the European team includes Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Muñoz from Spain, Germany’s Sandra Gal, Charley Hull and Melissa Reid from England, Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist, Gwladys Nocera from France and Suzann Pettersen from Norway.

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Wayward Garcia lurks at Kyalami

Nicole GarciaNicole Garcia described her second round as “one long search for balls there where they are taping the next season of survivor.”

Yet, despite problems off the tee, the reigning Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies champion finished within striking distance of pacesetter Bryandrew Roelofsz in the IGT Tour’s Gary Player School for Champions Academy Classic on Tuesday.

“I foolishly decided to take a spinning class after the first round,” said Garcia after signing for a two over 74 at Kyalami Country Club.

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Rakes & Cues for Charity

Vodacom Origins of Golf Charity Putt at San Lameer Country ClubProfessional golfer Adilson da Silva is one of the most consistent putters on the Sunshine Tour. When he has a putter in his hands. But at San Lameer Country Club this week, he took part in a putting competition for charity using a bunker rake, surf ski paddle and even a pool cue.

Da Silva joined former women’s professional Nicola Eaton as well as amateurs Dion Scoulelis and Lynette Magasa in the Vodacom Origins of Golf Charity Putt at San Lameer on Wednesday.

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SA pair falter while Henderson sizzles in Portland

Ashleigh Simon17 August 2015 – South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace and Ashleigh Simon battled at the weekend in the Cambia Portland Classic, but Canadian qualifier Brooke Henderson hit her stride to capture her first LPGA Tour victory in style.

Simon was inside the top 40 with solid rounds of 71, 72 and 70 and got to three under with a birdie at 16 on Sunday, but she dealt her fine efforts a big blow when she finished with back-to-back bogeys at 17 and 18 at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club.

The Wanna Be A Champion player signed off with a 74 to finish in joint 60th on one under 287.

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Player to captain SA Olympic golf team

Gary Player15 August 2015 – Nine-time Major winner Gary Player has been named captain of South Africa’s first Olympic golf team that will compete at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Player, a winner of more than 165 tournaments worldwide, is the only person to complete the career Grand Slam on both the regular and senior tours amidst his 18 Major Championships.

And 63 years as a professional golfer has given Player extensive experience in team competition.

He captained the International Team for the Presidents Cup on three occasions and also made several appearances for South Africa in the World Cup of Golf.

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SA trio primed for Portland

Lee-Anne Pace12 August 2015 – While world number 13 Louis Oosthuizen heads up an eight-man South African challenge in the PGA Championship, LPGA winner Lee-Anne Pace will lead compatriots Paula Reto and Ashleigh Simon at the 44th playing of the Cambria Portland Classic in Oregon.

The SA trio will vie for a $1.3 million purse at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, hosting the longest running non-major event on the LPGA Tour for a 29th consecutive year.

Pearl Valley’s Pace is coming off a tie for a tie for 24th in the Ricoh British Women’s Open where a $30,000 pay day boosted her to 53rd in the Rolex World Golf Rankings.

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Strauss wins LPGA Q-School First Stage

Bertine StraussSouth Africa’s Bertine Strauss moved one step closer to the LPGA Tour when she claimed the First Stage Qualifying School with a wire-to-wire victory in California on Sunday.

The Koster golfer recorded rounds of 67, 67, 70 and 70 at the Dinah Shore and Arnold Palmer courses at Mission Hills Golf Club in Rancho Mirage to triumph on 14-under-par 274.

“I feel relieved,” Strauss told the LPGA Tour media office after edging out leading American amateur, Megan Khang, by one stroke for the medallist honour.

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Garcia & Eaton top SA charge in Pilsen 

Chase to thNicole GarciaInvestec Cup for Ladies champion Nicole Garcia and Ladies European Tour rookie Melissa Eaton led the South African challenge with a tie for 25th in the Tipsport Golf Masters in the Czech Republic on Sunday.

Wanna Be A Champion’s Garcia carded rounds of 68, 71 and 70 at Golf Park Pilsen and Eaton from KwaZulu-Natal returned rounds of 73, 65 and 71.

The South African pair joined the bus at four under 209 alongside Sunshine Ladies Tour regular Rebecca Hudson from England, American Beth Allen and Fabienne In-Albon from Switzerland.

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Strauss moves clear at LPGA Q-School

Bertine Strauss9 August 201 - South Africa’s Bertine Strauss held on to the lead and moved clear of joint second round leader Megan Khang in the third round at the LPGA Qualifying School Stage One in California on Saturday.

Strauss led the first round, but American Khang joined her 10-under-par 134 at the halfway mark at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.

The Koster golfer carded a 70 to move into pole position on 12 under 204 and will start the final round two strokes ahead of Khang, who returned a 72.

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Strauss snares share of LPGA Q-School lead

Bertine Strauss8 August 201 - South Africa’s Bertine Strauss claimed a share of the 36-hole lead in Stage One of LPGA Qualifying School with 17-year-old amateur Megan Khang.

The duo lead at 10-under-par 134 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California and have a one stroke edge over Spanish amateur, Noemi Jimenez.

Strauss, who won her first pro title on the SunCoast Pro Tour at the same venue last week, posted two successive rounds of 67 to join Khang in pole position.

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