Tears of joy as USA wins Solheim Cup

2015 Solheim Cup winners Team USAAfter a dramatic, controversial and tearful final day, the USA defeated Europe on Sunday to win the Solheim Cup for the first time since 2009.

The US team was 10-6 behind going into the 12 singles — the same score that Europe trailed the USA before coming back to win the Ryder Cup at Medinah in 2012 — but rallied to triumph by one point.

Paula Creamer claimed the winning point in the final singles match with a 4 and 3 win over Sandra Gal to hand the United States a 14 1/2 - 13 1.2 victory.


Major history for SA’s Pace and Evian champ Ko

2015 Evian Championship winner Lydia Ko13 September 2015 – World number two Lydia Ko rewrote women’s golf history with a runaway victory in the Evian Championship and South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace celebrated her best ever finish in a Major championship with a tie for sixth in Evian-Les-Bains, France on Sunday.

Among a swag of records she already held, Ko had been the youngest winner of a professional tournament, the youngest Ladies European Tour winner, youngest LPGA Tour champion and youngest world number one (male or female).

With her victory at the Evian Resort Golf Club, Ko became the youngest women's golf major champion in just her 17th Major appearance.


Pace slips at Evian Championship

Mi Hyang LeeEVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (11 September 2015) – South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace slipped outside the top 30 and compatriots Paula Reto and Connie Chen missed the cut alongside a clutch of 2015 Solheim Cup players, while Mi Hyang Lee from South Korea took control the Evian Championship in Friday’s second round in Evian-Les-Bains in France.

Pearl Valley’s Pace began and finished with birdies, but signed for a disappointing 73 after bogeys at three, four and six.

The LPGA Tour winner joined Alena Sharp from Canada, Americans Stacy Lewis and Danielle Kang and Pernilla Lindberg from Sweden in a tie for 32nd at one over 143.


Thompson on fire in France

American Lexi ThompsonEVIAN LES BAINS, France (10 September 2015) – Top South African export Lee-Anne Pace got her Evian Championship off to a solid start on Thursday and is in touch with Lexi Thompson from the United States and South Korea’s Mi Hyang Lee, who share the lead in Evian-Les-Bains, France.

LPGA champion Pace had three bogey-birdie combinations on her way to an even-par 71.


Reto primed for Evian debut in France

Proudly South African - Paula RetoEVIAN, France (9 September 2015) – South Africa’s Paula Reto believes her baptism of fire in the Ricoh British Women’s Open and the added comfort of compatriot Connie Chen for company over the first two rounds will help her debut in the 2015 Evian Championship in Evian-Les-Bains, France.

Reto and 2014 Ladies European Tour winner Chen, who is also debuting in the season’s final Major, will play alongside with American Tiffany Joh.

LPGA Tour champion Lee-Anne Pace, who tied for 16th on debut in 2012, will join Korea’s Chella Choi and American Christina Kim for the first 36 holes at the Evian Resort Golf Club.


Golfers ready to light up Rio

Golfers ready to light up RioFrom the shores of Lake Geneva to the fairways of Rio de Janeiro, the world’s top women golfers had a taste of what to expect in 2016 when they paid a visit to the Olympic Museum and IOC Headquarters ahead of the Evian Championship.

Seven golfers from five continents, all with aspirations of going to the 2016 Rio Olympics, played a nearest to the pin contest before taking a guided tour of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland and posing in front of the Olympic Flame.


Steady Simon stays the course in Sweden

Ashleigh Simon6 September 2015 – South Africa’s Ashleigh Simon will start today’s final round of the Helsingborg Open four shots off the pace from Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark, who strengthened her bid for a wire-to-wire maiden Ladies European Tour victory in Sweden with a solid performance Saturday.

For a third successive day, Larsen broke 70 at Vasatorps Golf Club and a third round five under 68 lifted her to 14-under-par 205.

Simon vaulted to second with a roaring eight-under-par 65 in the second round. The Wanna Be A Champion golfer collected three birdies as heavy rain fell in Mörarp. A bogey at 18 saw Simon sign for a two under 71.


Simon on fire at Helsingborg Open

Ashleigh Simon5 September 2015 – South Africa’s Ashleigh Simon fired a scorching eight-under-par 65 to roar within a stroke of Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark in the second round of the Ladies European Tour’s Helsingborg Open on Friday.

The Wanna Be A Champion player collected nine birdies at Vasatorps Golf Club to move to eight under 138, while Larsen kept her overnight lead with a four under par 69.


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.


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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