Eagle gives Garcia wings at DiData Challenge

Dimension Data Challenge winner Nicole GarciaGEORGE, 19 February 2017 – Nicole Garcia rocketed to second in the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies Points Standings on the back of a stunning wire-to-wire victory in the Dimension Data Challenge at Fancourt on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Benoni golfer produced a sensational eagle at the par five 17th and boxed her final putt for birdie for a flawless five-under-par 67.

The victory on 10 under 216 earned Garcia her second Sunshine Ladies Tour title, a payday worth R70 000 and 650 points in the points race for the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies Final.

She finished three shots clear of former SA Women’s Open champion Tandi von Ruben and six strokes ahead of defending champion Lee-Anne Pace.

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Garcia keeps control at Di-Data Challenge

Nicole GarciaGEORGE, 18 February 2017 – Nicole Garcia will be acutely aware of a chasing pack bidding to thwart her charge towards a second Sunshine Ladies Tour title when she starts the final round of the Dimension Data Challenge at Fancourt.

Garcia opened with a 68 and second round 71 at George Golf Club was good enough to keep the Benoni golfer at the top of pile at five under 139, however, there are seven proven winners within five strokes of her lead.

Defending champion Lee-Anne Pace and Tandi von Ruben navigated the parklands layout in 70 strokes to finish one shot back, while Carrie Park carded a 74 to finish three off the pace.

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Garcia and Park lead, Pace lurks at Di-Data Challenge

Nicole GarciaGEORGE, 17 February 2017 – Lee-Anne Pace looked to have blown her chances on the first day of the Sunshine Ladies Tour’s Dimension Data Challenge, but the defending champion rallied with a birdie flurry to finish two off the pace from Nicole Garcia and Carrie Park from South Korea at George Golf Club on Friday.

Pace hit the front with a trio of birdies in first four holes, but bogeys at seven and 10 started a downward spiral that opened the door for Garcia and Park.

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Birthday girl Pace eyes Di-Data double

Lee-Anne PaceGEORGE, 16 February 2017 – On Valentine’s Day she spoiled her loved ones and on Wednesday, it was her turn to be pampered, but on Thursday, South Africa’s top ranked Lee-Anne Pace was all business ahead of the Sunshine Ladies Tour Dimension Challenge in George.

“It was great to treat everyone on Tuesday and to have the favour returned on my birthday, but now we it’s time to get serious about winning,” said the 36-year-old.

The 54-hole event tees off at George Golf Club on Friday and defending champion dearly wants to be in the driver’s seat when the final round moves to the Outeniqua Course at Fancourt on Sunday.

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Canon connects with Sunshine Ladies Tour

Ashleigh BuhaiJOHANNESBURG, 16 February 2017 - Canon South Africa has a long-standing reputation for supporting South African golf and is now proudly associated with the Sunshine Ladies Tour as a sponsor for 2017.

The company, which recently announced its title sponsorship of the Canon South African Disabled Golf Open, will sponsor cash and camera prizes at the Sunshine Ladies Tour Classic, to be contested at Glendower Golf Club from 21-24 February.

The Sunshine Ladies Tour launched in 2014 to ensure the future of playing professionals in South Africa and the continued growth of golf in the region. In four short years, the Sunshine Ladies Tour has grown from seven to 10 events that count towards the season-finale Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies with record prize money of more than R4-million.

The Sunshine Ladies Tour Classic, sponsored by Canon, is the seventh event this year.

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Dimension Data makes Valentine’s Day extraordinary

GEORGE, 15 February 2017 – Dimension Data gifted the Sunshine Ladies Tour with a magnificent surprise on Valentine’s Day with the announcement of record prize money for the fourth edition of the Sunshine Ladies Tour Dimension Data Pro-Am.

The sixth counting event in the 2017 Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies will boast a purse of R600 000, with R500 000 allocated to the tournament and R100 000 reserved for the Betterball Competition.

The first two rounds of 54-hole event will be played at George Golf Club on Friday and Saturday and the final round will be contested at the Outeniqua Course at Fancourt on Sunday.

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Buhai rebounds to bank Cape Town win

Cape Town Ladies Open champion Ashleigh BuhaiCAPE TOWN, 9 February 2017 – Ashleigh Buhai defeated defending champion Lee-Anne Pace at the first extra hole of a sudden-death play-off for the Cape Town Ladies Open title, while Katia Schaff collected her second amateur victory at Royal Cape on Thursday.

Converting three successive runner-up finishes to bank her first Sunshine Ladies Tour victory this season took a lot more work than Buhai imagined when she started the final day with a three shot edge over Pace.

Buhai led by one shot going up the last hole, but Pace drained a 12-footer for birdie and the top ranked pair deadlocked at eight-under-par 214 at the end of regulation play.

They returned to the 18th tee for another stab at the short par four and this time Buhai made the crucial move when she rocked home a 25-foot putt for birdie to seal the win.

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Buhai stays at summit in Cape Town

Ashleigh SimonCAPE TOWN, 8 February 2017 – Ashleigh Buhai tightened her grip on the Cape Town Ladies Open, but the Glendower pro has defending champion Lee-Anne Pace snapping at her heels at Royal Cape Golf Club.

Buhai has been in brilliant form this season, carding three successive runner-up-finishes, and came flying out of the blocks in Tuesday’s opening round to establish a one shot lead at three under.

She was the picture of composure as she fired a flawless second round six-under-par 68 on Wednesday to close in on a fifth Sunshine Ladies Tour title.

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Buhai bursts clear at Cape Town Ladies Open

Ashleigh Simon and Johan SwanepoelCAPE TOWN, 7 February 2017 – If one had to judge her performance in the opening round of the Cape Town Ladies Open on Tuesday, the honeymoon might be over, but Ashleigh Buhai is having a whale of a time in the Mother City after giving her husband the boot.

The couple tied the knot last December, but after seven years of wearing her bag, David got the boot after last week’s Ladies Tshwane Open.

“We’ve split up, but only on the golf course,” laughed Buhai after she and new bagman Johan Swanepoel toured the par-74 layout at Royal Cape Golf Club layout in three under.

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Pace under pressure in Cape Town

Lee-Anne PaceCAPE TOWN, 6 February 2017 – A changing of the guard has left Lee-Anne Pace under some pressure as she prepares to start her title defence in the Cape Town Ladies Open on Tuesday.

South Africa’s top golf export sealed a hat-trick of wins in SA Women’s Open two weeks ago, but Pace elected to miss the season-opening SuperSport Ladies Challenge and she performed below her usual standard in her other two starts in January.

The victory at San Lameer followed a joint fifth finish at the SA Women’s Masters at Rondebosch Golf Club. A tie for eighth in the Ladies Tshwane Open at Zwartkop Country Club last Thursday moved Pace to sixth in the 2017 standings and the Paarl golfer will start the R200 000 event at Royal Cape Golf Club on the back foot.

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