Sunshine Ladies Tour unveils 2017 schedule

CAPE TOWN, 24 October 2016 – The Sunshine Ladies Tour today announced a bumper schedule for 2017, featuring nine counting events leading up to the fourth Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies Final in March.

The season kicks off with the SuperSport Ladies Challenge in the first week of January, followed by the South African Women’s Masters and the South African Women’s Open.

Four events – the Ladies Tshwane Open, Cape Town Ladies Open, Sunshine Ladies Tour Dimension Data Challenge and the Sunshine Ladies Classic – will be staged in February, while the Sun International Ladies Challenge and Ladies Joburg Open follows in early March.


City of Cape Town revives SA Women's Masters

Lee-Anne PaceWorld Sports Promotions, in collaboration with The City of Cape Town, the Sunshine Ladies Tour and WPGA, is proud to announce the return of the prestigious South African Women’s Masters to the 2017 Sunshine Ladies Tour schedule.
The SA Women’s Masters will be contested at Rondebosch Golf Club from 19-21 January.
Tournament promotor Lesley Copeman of World Sports Promotions said the championship will have multi-pronged objectives to benefit the professionals, amateurs and the City of Cape Town.


Promising performance from Pace in Taiwan

Lee-Anne PaceA top five finish on the LPGA Tour in Taiwan this weekend could be a great omen for South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace with the Blue Bay LPGA Championship just two weeks away.

Pace closed with a one under 71 in the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship in Taipei to join local favourite Candie Kung in a tie for fifth at nine under 279 on Sunday.

Two years ago, the Paarl golfer followed victory in the South African Women’s Open with a maiden LPGA Tour victory at the Blue Bay LPGA and she is hitting the right vein of form before the world’s premier women’s professional circuit returns to Hainan Island in China from 20-23 October.


Pace trails by two in Taiwan

Lee-Anne PaceSouth Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace battled blustery conditions at the Miramar Golf Country Club in Taipei, Taiwan to finish within striking distance of Sakura Yokomine from Japan in the opening round of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship on Thursday.

Yokomine opened with a five-under-par 67 for a one-stroke lead over Amy Yang from Korea and Americans Brooke Henderson and Paula Creamer.

Pace finished two shots back in tie for fifth with South Korean pair Ha Na Jang and Hee Young Park, Spain’s Beatriz Recari and local favourite Ai Miyazato.


Home win for Munoz in Marbella

Spanish Open champion Azaharo MunozMARBELLATO, Spain (26 September 20160 - Local hero Azahara Munoz held her nerve over the closing holes to become the first Spanish champion at the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open in Marbella this weekend.

Just a month after her Olympic debut in Rio, the Spaniard posted a closing two-under-par 70 at the magnificent Aloha Golf Club in Marbellato to edge out American Beth Allen by a lone stroke.

The victory was her fourth on the European Ladies Tour, but it was clearly the most emotional.

“This is simply amazing,” said the 28-year-old, who lives nearby in San Pedro Alcantara. “A victory is always a victory, but winning at home is incredible. You know, having everyone here, my family, my friends; this means everything."


Chen defends in Spain

Connie ChenMARBELLA, Spain (21 September 2016) – Reigning Spanish Open champion Connie Chen is in an upbeat mood as she bids to retain the title she won two years ago in Tenerife.

The 23-year-old from Pretoria was crowned as a first-time winner at Golf Costa Adeje in Tenerife in 2014.

She will start her title defence in the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino on Thursday playing alongside Italian Giulia Sergas and Klara Spilkova of the Czech Republic.


Reto relishes Evian experience

Paula RetoEVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (19 September 2016) – South Africa’s Paula Reto loved every minute of the four days at the final major of the season, including the majestic march to victory by South Korea's In Gee Chun at the Evian Championship on Sunday.

Chun shot the lowest ever 72-hole score at a major with a total score of 21 under par, breaking the record of 20 under set by Sweden’s Henrik Stenson at this year’s Open Championship and Jason Day from Australia at the 2015 PGA Championship.

The 2015 US Women’s Open champion closed with a final round two-under-par 69 to win by four shots, better the women’s record by two strokes.


Record beckons for Evian leader Chun

EVIAN-South Korea's In Gee Chun LES-BAIN, France (18 September 2016) - South Korea's In Gee Chun established a four-shot lead after the third round of the Evian Championship on Saturday to remain on course for her second career Major.

Chun shot a third-round 65 to extend her lead and her three day total of 19-under par 194 broke the 54-hole scoring record of 199, set by Annika Sorenstam at the 2004 LPGA Championship.

In fact, she already tied the 72-hole record in relation to par with 18 holes to play.


Two-way tie after Evian opener

South Korea's In Gee Chun and Sung Hyun ParkEVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (16 September 2016) – South Korea's In Gee Chun and compatriot Sung Hyun Park were tied for the lead starting the second round of the Evian Championship in Evian-les-Bains in France, which got underway in calmer weather this morning.

The South Korean pair, who fired flawless rounds of nine under 63, led Annie Park and Shanshan Feng by one shot.

Chun, the 2015 US Women's Open champion, went out early in the morning wave and picked up six of her eight birdies on her final nine holes – the front nine at Evian Resort Golf Club. She used 28 putts in her round of 63 and did not miss a single green.


Pace hits great form ahead of Evian

Lee-Anne PaceDUSSELDORF, Germany (12 September 2016) – South Africa’s Lee-Anne will carry some hot form into the season’s final Major in France this week after signing off with a fifth place finish in the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters on Sunday.

Pace and Belen Mozo from Spain were set for a spectacular showdown in the final round after the pair tied at nine under, but in the end it was 2014 champion In-Kyung Kim who captured a runaway victory with a superb final round performance at Golf Club Hubbelrath in Germany.

The 28-year-old South Korean began the last day one shot behind Pace and Mozo, but she fired past the leaders with a flawless nine-under 63 to not only record the low round of the tournament, but celebrate a five shot victory in the Ladies European Tour showcase event.


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