Rookie Reto impressive in Alabama

Paula RetoPaula Reto will make a popular pro debut on home soil at the Cell C South African Women's Open Championship at San Lameer next month after capping a brilliant weekend for South African women’s golf with a superb performance at the Yokohama Tyres LPGA Classic in Alabama on Sunday.

Hot on the heels of Connie Chen’s Spanish Ladies Open triumph on the Ladies European Tour, the LPGA Tour rookie sealed a season-best third place finish in the LPGA event in Prattville on Sunday.

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Chen’s finest hour puts her in major league

Connie ChenSouth Africa’s Connie Chen opened the door to a new chapter in her short career when she closed out the Tenerife Open de España Femenino on Sunday with a maiden pro victory on Sunday.

The 21-year-old Gauteng professional resisted any attempt from the chasing pack to cruise to a two stroke victory at Golf Costa Adeje in the Canary Islands.

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Chen gives chase in Tenerife

Connie ChenSouth Africa’s Connie Chen will start Saturday’s third round just one stroke off the pace from Tenerife Open de España Femenino leader, Maria Balikoeva.

The Russian carded a second round 69 to take pole position at seven-under-par 137 at Golf Costa Adeje in the Canary Islands, while Chen tied for second with Scotland’s Kylie Walker and Amy Boulden from Wales on six under.

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SA duo in touch at Spanish Open

Stacy-Lee BregmanSouth Africa’s Stacy Bregman and Connie Chen finished within striking distance of first round pacesetter. Trish Johnson, at the Tenerife Open de España Femenino on Thursday.

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Strong local presence in Tenerife

Lee-Anne PaceSouth Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace will launch her title defence in the Tenerife Open de España Femenino on Tenerife Island on Thursday.

The reigning Investec Cup for Ladies champion is among 11 of the top 20 ranked players on the Ladies European Tour that will challenge for glory at the Golf Costa Adeje.

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Pace content with Evian performance

Lee-Anne PaceWith her Spanish Open title defence in just a few days, South Africa’s top golfing export Lee-Anne Pace is more than happy with the state of her game after a top 55 finish at the Evian Championship in France this weekend.

The Investec Cup for Ladies champion had back-to-back 73s at the Evian Resort Golf Club to make the cut by one stroke, but fired rounds of 76 and 71 to tie for 54th on nine-over-par 293.

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Pace fights to stay in France

Lee-Anne PaceSouth Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace battled bravely in the second round of the Evian Championship on Friday to join the weekend action in the season’s final Major in France.

The Investec Cup for Ladies champion smarted after a double bogey at the fourth hole, but some brilliant approaches and putting at the Evian Resort Golf Course helped Pace to wipe out bogeys at the sixth and eighth with birdies at the seventh and ninth.

Having turned in two over, she battled to stay inside the cut, trading another pair of birdies for bogeys on the back stretch to complete the loop in even-par.

A second successive two over 73 will see Pace tee it up in distinguished company on Saturday.

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Pace fights to stay in France

Lee-Anne PaceSouth Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace battled bravely in the second round of the Evian Championship on Friday to join the weekend action in the season’s final Major in France.

The Investec Cup for Ladies champion smarted after a double bogey at the fourth hole, but some brilliant approaches and putting at the Evian Resort Golf Course helped Pace to wipe out bogeys at the sixth and eighth with birdies at the seventh and ninth.

Having turned in two over, she battled to stay inside the cut, trading another pair of birdies for bogeys on the back stretch to complete the loop in even-par.

A second successive two over 73 will see Pace tee it up in distinguished company on Saturday.

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SA pair with work to do in France

Lee-Anne PaceSouth Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace and Ashleigh Simon will have to pull something incredibly out of the hat if they hope to catch up to red-hot Hyo Joo Kim at this week’s Evian Championship in France.

The 19-year-old South Korean racked up 10 birdies at Evian Resort Golf Course to take a four shot lead in the first round of the season’s final Major on Thursday.

Her record-setting flawless 10-under-par 61 is the lowest round ever recorded in men’s and women’s Major history and an 18-hole tournament record at the redesigned course.

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SA pair primed for Evian

Lee-Anne PaceInvestec Cup for Ladies champion Lee-Anne Pace and three-time Sunshine Ladies Tour winner Ashleigh Simon will join a world class field at the Evian Championship, which tees off in France on Thursday.

The South African pair have campaigned mainly on the LPGA Tour this season, but are primed action in the season’s final Major at the Evian Resort Golf Club.

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