KZN’s First Lady hoping for home comfort

Melissa Eaton

SAN LAMEER, 24 January 2017 – Melissa Eaton hopes that a return to her native Port Shepstone will kick her Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies season into high gear as she headlines the field at the R250 000 SA Women’s Open alongside two-time champion Lee-Anne Pace this week.

The 32-year-old Eaton narrowly missed out on a maiden Sunshine Ladies Tour victory when she lost the season-opening SuperSport Ladies Challenge by one shot to Kim Williams.

She caught fire with five birdies on the back nine at Huddle Park and early show of form sees Eaton eager to start the 54-hole championship, sponsored by the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, at San Lameer Country Club on Thursday.


Ice-cool Park stuns for SA Women’s Masters success

SA Women's Masters champion Carrie ParkCAPE TOWN, 21 January 2017 – Carrie Park from South Korea rubber-stamped her status as a future world beater when she clinched her first Sunshine Ladies Tour title in spectacular fashion in the South African Women’s Masters on Saturday.

The 19-year-old held her nerve to construct a mature even-par 72 on a day of wind and drama at Rondebosch Golf Club as the expected charge from veteran pros Lee-Anne Pace and Ashleigh Buhai never got off the ground.

The petite Park was the picture of calm as she started her title bid with a two shot lead over Buhai and Pace a further shot back. That cool exterior slipped for the first time after she tapped in for par at the final hole to capture a five stroke victory over Buhai and England’s Kiran Matharu on a winning score of seven-under-par 209.


Perfect Park pilots the SA Women’s Masters

Carrie ParkCAPE TOWN, 20 January 2017 – Carrie Park continues to make a name for herself as one of the hottest prospects on the Sunshine Ladies Tour.

The young South Korean fired a flawless four-under-par 68 on another testing day at Rondebosch Golf open up a two shot lead over former champion Ashleigh Buhai (Simon) in second round of the SA Women’s Masters in Cape Town.

All eyes have been on South African number one Lee-Anne Pace in her first start in the 2017 Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies and she did not disappoint – a second successive 70 moved South Africa’s top export to third at four under.


Garcia keeps Pace promise to share Masters lead

Nicole GarciaCAPE TOWN, 19 January 2017 – A fine three-under-par 69 saw Nicole Garcia move into a four-way tie for the lead with compatriot Ashleigh Buhai, South Korea’s Carrie Park and Kiran Matharu from England in the SA Women’s Masters on Thursday.

The Serengeti pro was delighted with her first round performance as the notorious Cape Doctor showed up in force at Rondebosch Golf Club.

“I’m from Ekurhuleni, so you can just imagine how tough it was for me in that 35 km wind, but now I have a bone to pick with Lee-Anne Pace,” said Garcia, as she watched South Africa’s top golf export birdie the 18th to finish one off the pace.


Hudson has designs on English double

SA Women's Masters defending champion Rebecca HudsonCAPE TOWN, 18 January 2017 – Watching good friend Graeme Storm lift the BWM SA Open trophy on Sunday put Rebecca Hudson from England in a winning frame of mind ahead of the SA Women’s Masters this week.

“Gosh, Graeme and I go back donkey’s years,” said Hudson, who starts her title defence in the R500 000 showpiece at Rondebosch Golf Club on Thursday. “We grew up in Doncaster and came through the amateur ranks together from our junior days.

“We’ve kept in touch and I really felt for him at the end of last season and now he is set for the rest of the year. I think it was fantastic how Rory (McIlroy) drew in such incredible crowds, but I must admit, I was rooting for Graeme all the way. I hope he is wishing me the same good fortune this week.”


Bregman backs budding talent

Stacy BregmanCAPE TOWN, 17 January 2017 - Given the wealth of knowledge she has accumulated in nine seasons on the Ladies European Tour, it is not surprising that Stacy Bregman would back herself in this week’s SA Women’s Masters.

What is unusual to hear is that the four-time Sunshine Ladies Tour winner thinks the newbies might steal the limelight in the R500 000 showpiece at Rondebosch Golf Club from 19-21 January.

“I definitely think one of the second season pros or the rookies can win this week,” said Bregman during the Mayor’s Pro-Am on Tuesday. “It’s not even out of the question that an amateur could outplay everyone. Ashleigh Simon did it in 2006 and there is a lot of talent on the tour this year.


Buhai ready for SA Women’s Masters hunt

Ashleigh and David BuhaiCAPE TOWN, 16 January 2017 – Ashleigh Simon needs no introduction. Her storied amateur career was nothing short of outstanding and, since she joined the pro ranks, she has complimented a flood of amateur victories with two Ladies European Tour and four Sunshine Ladies Tour titles.

All those feats belonged to Ashleigh Simon, though, so it’s no wonder that Mrs Ashleigh Buhai is so keen to kick off her fourth Sunshine Ladies Tour season in a big way this week.

“I’d better win and win quickly, or people will wonder what happened to me,” said the beaming newly-wed ahead of this week’s South African Women’s Masters.


Williams charges back to winning ways

Kim Williams with SuperSport General Marketing Manager Matshepo MajolaJOHANNESBURG, 6 January 2017 – Kim Williams proved that class is permanent as she marched to victory in the 2017 Sunshine Ladies Tour season opener on Friday. After three winless seasons, there were some who thought the former top ranked Pretoria golfer would never scale great heights again, but Williams silenced her critics with a one stroke victory in the SuperSport Ladies Challenge at Huddle Park Golf Club.

A three-under-par 69 at the pristine Linksfield course smoothed the way to a winning total of seven-under-par 209 and her first success since a maiden conquest in her pro debut in 2014.

A beaming Williams said she believes there is more to come.


Eagle sends Smit soaring at Huddle Park

Monique SmitJOHANNESBURG, 5 January 2017 – It was a case of South African delight and British cheer in equal measure as local favourite Monique Smit took control of the SuperSport Ladies Challenge, while Kim Williams and England’s Kiran Matharu moved within striking distance in Thursday’s second round at Huddle Park.

A tidy four-under-par 68 moved Smit – the winner of the inaugural event in 2014 – into pole position at seven under 137. She will start the final round with a three shot lead over fellow Sunshine Ladies Tour winner Kim Williams and she has four shots on the Englishwomen.


Strauss, Smit split SuperSport Ladies Challenge lead

Monique SmitJOHANNESBURG, 4 January 2017 – Defending champion Bertine Strauss and three-time Sunshine Ladies Tour winner Monique Smit provided the early fireworks in the opening round of the R200,000 SuperSport Ladies Challenge on Wednesday.

Gunning for a fourth successive title on the local circuit, Strauss looked fit to establish a commanding lead, but the Koster golfer ultimately had to settle for a share of top spot at three under with Smit, the champion of this event in 2014.

The pair both signed for rounds of 69 at Huddle Park Golf Club, although it could have been much better for Strauss.


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