SA dozen make history in Morocco

Stacy Bregman5 May 2016 - Stacy Bregman and Dean Burmeester led a dozen South African golfers in a historic first round when the European Tour and Ladies European Tour teed off simultaneously at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam golf course in Morocco on Thursday.

Sunshine Ladies Tour campaigners Bregman, Nicole Garcia, Laurette Maritz and Swaziland’s Nobuhle Dlamini started alongside Connie Chen in the Lalla Meryem Cup on the Blue Course while Burmeester spearheaded the local attack in the Trophée Hassan II on the Red Course.

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Pace gets her groove back in California

Lee-Anne PaceCALIFORNIA, United States (25 April 2016) - South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace outgunned three of the world’s top 10 players to claim a runner-up finish in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic on Sunday.

The Mossel Bay golfer navigated the high winds that whipped around the Lake Merced course in California to close with a two-over-par 74. She finished on five under 283, four shots behind winner Haru Nomura from Japan and three strokes ahead of world number one Lydia Ko, number three Lexi Thompson and number seven Brooke Henderson, among others.

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Ko makes history at ANA Inspiration

2016 ANA Inspiration champion Lydia Ko4 April 2016 - Lydia Ko etched her name into the record books once again with dramatic second major championship victory at the ANA Inspiration on Sunday. The world number one birdied the 72nd hole for a flawless 69 to move to 12-under par and finished one shot ahead of Charley Hull and In Gee Chun.

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, who looked like she had the win locked up with three holes to play, bogeyed her final three holes to finish fourth at 10-under par.

At 18 years, 11 months and nine days, Ko is officially the youngest two-time major winner in LPGA history and the youngest male or female with two major wins since Young Tom Morris in 1869.

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Hot putter puts Pace in ANA Inspiration mix

Lee-Anne Pace and Johan SwanepoelRANCHO MIRAGE, California (1 April 2016) – Intense off-season training produced some great results for Lee-Anne Pace at home and definitely helped South Africa’s top golfer to surge within striking distance of the joint leaders in the first women's Major of the year in California on Thursday.

Pace fired an opening four-under-par 68 at the Dinah Shore Course to grab a share of third in the ANA Inspiration with Scotland's Catriona Matthew and Shiho Oyama from Japan.

The trio lag just one shot behind first round pacesetters Spain’s Azahara Munoz and Ai Miyazato from Japan at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.

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Pace and Reto line up at ANA Inspiration

Lee-Anne Pace and Paula RetoRANCHO MIRAGE, United States – South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace comes into the year’s first Major riding a wave of confidence and a game to support it after three victories on the Sunshine Ladies Tour and a solid start to her LPGA Tour season.

The three-time Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies champion and compatriot Paula Reto will fly the flag for South Africa in the world class field assembled for the ANA Inspiration, which tees off in Rancho Mirage, California on Thursday.

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Park sets pace at Irene Champs

Carrie ParkTSHWANE, 16 March 2016 – Sunshine Ladies Tour rookie Carrie Park was in a cheerful mood ahead of the final round of the Irene Championship after a four under 68 on Tuesday earned her a share of seventh in the 72-hole IGT Tour event.

Park finished just five shots off the pace from joint leaders Russel Franz and CJ du Plessis, who share pole position at 12 under 132 at Irene Country Club.

The 19-year-old Park returned to the country’s premier development Tour just two days after she wrapped up her rookie season on the Sunshine Ladies Tour.

Park finished eighth in the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies Final at Millvale Private Retreat and closed out the season ranked seventh overall in the Points Rankings after nine events.

“It has been an incredible summer and the highlight was playing with Bertine Strauss in the first two rounds at Millvale,” said the South Korean golfer.

“Bertine was the first player I ever went up against when I started playing on the South African amateur circuit and she was my idol growing up. I am so inspired by her achievements since she turned pro and I learned so much from playing with her. As soon as the Chase finished, I was wishing we could start another one right away.”
Park relocated to South Africa as a 14-year-old and played all her amateur golf on the Womens Golf South Africa circuit. She started competing full-time on the IGT Tour in July last year just after she added the Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur Championship title to an impressive winning tally.

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Hat-trick delight for Pace and Strauss

2016 Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies winners Bertine Strauss and Lee-Anne PaceBertine Strauss and Lee-Anne Pace gave the Investec stable a double reason for celebration when both players bagged a hat-trick in the Sunshine Ladies Tour’s final event on Saturday.

Strauss powered to a third victory in a row with a wire-to-wire performance at Millvale Private Retreat, while Pace sealed a third successive Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies title with a tie for second.

Although Pace dominated with podium finishes in all four of her starts this season, it was the rookie who set the tone in the season-ending showpiece near Koster from the get-go when she followed an opening 69 with a 71 to open up a five stroke lead on the field.

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Strauss in a class of her own

Bertine StraussKOSTER, 11 March 2016 – Bertine Strauss stretched a one shot overnight lead to a five stroke advantage with a steely one under 71 to line up a hat-trick of Sunshine Ladies Tour victories in the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies Final on Friday.

Strauss mixed six bogeys, including a trio at eight, nine and 10, with seven birdies in the second round to keep pole position at four-under-par 140.

She will start the final round well clear of Ashleigh Simon and South Korean rookie Carrie Park, who tied for second after respective rounds of 72 and 75.

Strauss was pleased to keep command of the season-finale, given the tougher set-up at Millvale Private Retreat compared to round one, when she posted a three under 69.

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Super Strauss throws down the gauntlet

Bertine StraussKOSTER, 10 March 2016 – She promised the 2016 points leader Lee-Anne Pace a fight at the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies Final and Bertine Strauss delivered with a flawless 69 to lead the first round of the Sunshine Ladies Tour’s season finale at Millvale Private Retreat on Thursday.

Strauss kicked off with nine straight pars, but broke the monotony with a chip-in birdie at the par four 10th. She added a brace of birdies at 14 and 15 to set the clubhouse target at three under and held the top spot on her own after joint pacesetter Monique Smit bogeyed 18 for a 70.

Smit shares second with rookie Carrie Park, who overcame a bogey-bogey start and two more dropped shots at seven and eight with a five-birdie feast from the par three 13th.

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The Chase is on to catch Pace

Lee-Anne PaceKOSTER, 8 March 2016 – The Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies Final is heading for a thrilling climax with at least four players aiming to dethrone current point’s leader Lee-Anne Pace at Millvale Private Retreat this week.

Ladies Tshwane Open champion Monique Smit cut Pace’s lead of 1,600 points to just 70, while Ashleigh Simon moved within 475 of the double Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies champion after a third place finish in the SuperSport Ladies Challenge on Friday.

England’s Rebecca Hudson – the Sunshine Ladies Tour’s first foreign champion – has 1,020 points and rookie Bertine Strauss lags just 628 points behind Pace after successive victories in the Sun International Ladies Challenge and SuperSport Ladies Challenge.

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