San Lameer gets SA Women’s Open nod

Nicole GarciaSOUTHBROOM, 26 November 2015 – The pace in the SA Women’s Open practice round was leisurely as Nicole Garcia leaned on her putter and watched Ekurhuleni amateur Lejan Lewthwaite used the flat stick to send a few balls towards the 18th hole at San Lameer Country Club.

Near the clubhouse, Monique Smit from Southern Cape was catching up with Nobuhle Dlamini from Swaziland and Namibia’s Bonita Bredenhann, while Port Shepstone twins Melissa Eaton and Nicola Eaton-Gutzeit basked in the sunny weather on the Hibiscus Coast of KwaZulu-Natal while shooting the breeze with England’s Anna Scott.

“As Sunday’s first round approaches, the practice sessions will become more focussed and the sense of urgency will increase considerably, but for today, we just enjoyed the reunion and the beauty of the course,” said Sunshine Ladies Tour champion Garcia.


Sunshine Ladies Tour poised for glorious run in 2016

Lee-Anne Pace26 November 2015 – It’s that time of the year when big money meets big opportunities for local and international professional ladies and upcoming amateurs. And with more than R2.5-million to play for, the stakes are loaded.

Exciting incentives in store for the 2016 Sunshine Ladies Tour include a bonus pool worth R1-million for the season-ending Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies, record prize money and 54-hole tournaments.

The third Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies will launch with the R250 00 South African Women’s Open at San Lameer Country Club at the end of November. The season resumes in the new year with a bumper run of seven tournaments leading up to the season-ending Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies at Millvale Private Retreat from 10 - 12 March 2016.


Samu and Son sets sights on SA Women’s Open

Ivanna SamuSOUTHBROOM, KwaZulu-Natal (24 November 2015) – Two of South Africa’s brightest amateur talents - Ivanna Samu and Woo-Ju Son – are heading to the Hibiscus Coast to join the battle for the Jackie Mercer Trophy in the 2015 South African Women’s Open.

Samu and Son will be among a cast of rising stars, primed to test themselves on golf’s biggest stage at San Lameer Country Club from 29 November to 1 December.


Eaton bidding for home crown at SA Women’s Open

Melissa EatonSOUTHBROOM, KwaZulu-Natal (20 November 2015) – Hibiscus Coast golfer Melissa Eaton is targeting a Sunshine Ladies Tour breakthrough in the 2015 South African Women’s Open at San Lameer Country Club from 29 November to 1 December.

The Port Shepstone native came close to a maiden victory twice in the Sun International Ladies Challenge and Dimension Data Ladies Pro-Am last season.

“It’s going to be great to be back playing in my home tournament,” said the former Symetra Tour winner.


Park poised for SA Women’s Open pro debut

Carrie ParkSAN LAMEER, KwaZulu-Natal (19 November 2015) – After a memorable top five finish in the IGT Tour’s Race to Q-School this week, Carrie Park from South Korea is primed to take her place among the professionals in the 2015 South African Women’s Open at San Lameer Country Club in KwaZulu-Natal from 29 November to 1 December.

“I am really excited to launch my rookie season on the Hibiscus Coast,” said Park.

“When I made my debut in the SA Women’s Open as an amateur last year, I shot 79 and 82, two of the worst scores I have posted in years. We had so many rain delays and with all the stops and starts, I just never got going.

“I’ve worked really hard the past three months and have been testing my game on the IGT Tour. I believe I am ready to take the plunge on the Sunshine Ladies Tour.”


Pace & De Lange defend at SA Women’s Open

Shawnelle de Lange and Lee-Anne PaceSouth Africa’s top female golf export Lee-Anne Pace will headline the field in the 2015 South African Women’s Open on the Hibiscus Coast alongside Shawnelle de Lange, who shared the Jackie Mercer Trophy as the leading amateur with France’s Mathilda Cappeliez last year.

The country’s flagship championship returns at San Lameer Country Club from 29 November to 1 December.

Pace is in a confident mood and eager to defend the title she won in thrilling fashion last year.


Lee-Anne picks up pace in China

Lee-Anne PaceSANYA, Hainan Island, China (30 October 2015) – After a battling 76 in Thursday’s first round, South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace made a great strides in the blustery conditions to get closer to the top five in the Blue Bay LPGA on Hainan Island in China.

The defending champion mixed three birdies with a quartet of bogeys for a one-over 73 to grab a seat on at five over 149.

Only five players managed to break par on Friday and only the top five on the leaderboard are in red figures through 36 holes. Korean Sei Young Kim carded an even-par 72 to overtake first round pacesetter Lin Xi Yu from China and tops the leaderboard at two under 142.


Wind plagues Pace in China

Lee-Anne PaceSANYA, Hainan Island, China (29 October 2015) – South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace struggled to get her title defence off the ground in the Blue Bay LPGA, but China’s Lin Xi Yu breezed to a one stroke lead over American Austin Ernst on a very windy day on Hainan Island.

Xi Yu fired a flawless five-under-par 67, while Pace finished well off the pace at the lengthy Jian Blue Bay Golf Course.


Pace at peace in China

Lee-Anne PaceSANYA, Hainan Island, China (28 October 2015) – South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace is taking a holiday approach to her title defence in the Blue Bay LPGA at the Greentown Blue Bay Resort on Hainan Island in China this week.

“I’ve got given a suite this week as the defending champion, which is just amazing,” said Pace at her pre-tournament conference.

“I woke up with a smile, had coffee in bed and laughed, and it was just so relaxing. I really honestly feel like I’m on holiday, which is cool, when you’re playing golf.”


SA pair through to LPGA Q-School Final

Stacy Bregman26 October 2015 – Sunshine Ladies Tour winner Stacy Bregman and Stage 1 medallist Bertine Strauss are heading for the Final Stage of the LPGA Qualifying School in December after both players made the grade in the Stage II qualifier on Sunday.

The South African pair struggled at the start of the 72-hole examination, but rallied over the weekend to tie for 28th on nine-over-par 297.

Bregman carded rounds of 75, 80, 72 and 70, while Strauss posted 75, 78, 71 and 71 to finish in the bus alongside Ladies European Tour winner Rebecca Artis and Symertra Tour champion Breanna Elliott from Australia, as well as Fiona Puyo, Budsabakorn Sukapan from Thailand, Norway’s Caroline Martens and American Ginger Howard.


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