Ryu wins ANA Inspiration in playoff

Ryu So-Yeon wins 2017 ANA InspirationAmerican Lexi Thompson was denied a second ANA Inspiration title after she was hit with a four-stroke penalty for a rules infraction the previous day and then lost to South Korean Ryu So-yeon in a playoff at the first Major of the season.

Thompson was leading by three shots when LPGA Tour rules official Sue Witters approached her on the way to the 13th tee at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club.


Mix outcome for SA pair at suspended ANA Inspiration

Paula RetoCALIFORNIA, United States (31 March 2017) - South Africa’s Paula Reto made a good start to the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California to finish four shots behind Karine Icher.

Icher grabbed the lead in the first Major for 2017 before play had to be suspended due to high winds.

The Frenchwoman shot a five-under 67 to take the early lead, though four players were nipping at her heels, including American Michelle Wie and South Korean trio So Yeon Ryu, Sung Hyun Park and amateur Eun Jeong Seong.

Reto made the most of an early start to balance out bogeys at seven and 14 with gains at the first, second and 17th holes at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course for an opening 71 at Mission Hills Country Club.


SA five forge straight into international action

Stacy BregmanHAINAN, China (16 March 2017) – The dust barely settled on the 2017 Sunshine Ladies Tour but there is no rest for the country’s top ranked players, who are geared for action on the Ladies European Tour in China and LPGA Tour in the United States this week.

Stacy Bregman and Nicole Garcia hope to ride the momentum gained over the last 12 weeks to a solid start on the 2017 Ladies European Tour in China, while Lee-Anne Pace and Ashleigh Buhai will star in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup in Arizona alongside compatriot Paula Reto.

Bregman and Garcia are the only South Africans lining up the 126-strong field for the SGF67 World Ladies Championship by SBS, which tees off at Mission Hills Resort Haikou in Hainan on Friday.


Buhai and Pace celebrate in season-finale

Lee-Anne Pace and Ashleigh BuhaiKOSTER, 12 March 2017 - All good things come to those who wait, but nobody told Ashleigh Buhai it would be quite so hard to land the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies title on Sunday.

It finally happened for Buhai when she put the perfect pace on 12-foot clutch putt for birdie at the final hole at Millvale Private Retreat. When the ball hit the bottom of the cup, the 27-year-old Edenvale golfer sunk to her knees and pumped both her fists.

For a moment, joy and relief jostled for position on her face before she broke into a smile as big as the moon.

“I can’t believe I’ve done it,” gushed Buhai after she signed for a 71 to edge out main rival Nicole Garcia for the 2017 series title with a second place finish at four-under-par 212 in Sunshine Ladies Tour season-finale.


Matharu and company geared for gripping Grand Finale

Kiran MatharuKOSTER, 9 March 2017 – The most engrossing season since the Sunshine Ladies Tour launched in 2014 is heading for a dramatic conclusion in this week’s Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies Final as England’s Kiran Matharu aims to finish as the tour’s number one player for 2017.

The 27-year-old former golf prodigy nearly gave up the game at the end of 2015 after being plagued with injury problems. After being diagnosed with locked hips, Matharu decided to give it one more shot.

Her decision to come out to South Africa at the start of the season and compete on the local circuit paid off in ways the Leeds golfer could not imagine. Matharu earned a maiden Sunshine Ladies Tour victory in the Ladies Tshwane Open and remarkably consistent form in her eight other starts elevated her to the top spot in the Points race.


Williams steers Sunshine Ladies Tour to dramatic finale

Kim WilliamsThe 2017 Sunshine Ladies Tour season is heading for the most enthralling of finales after Kim Williams produced a grandstand finish to capture the R500 000 Joburg Ladies Open title on Tuesday.

The Centurion Country Club player overcame an early triple bogey to shoot a five-under-par 67, racing through the back nine at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington in 29 strokes.

Williams won the season-opening SuperSport Ladies Challenge and she locked down the final counting event in the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies with a staggering five stroke victory on 11-under-par 205.


Taylor throws Investec Cup Chase wide open

Lauren TaylorJOHANNESBURG, 6 March 2017 – English golfer Lauren Taylor will start the final round of the R500 000 Joburg Ladies Open with a slender lead and South African duo Kim Williams and Ashleigh Buhai lying in wait at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club on Wednesday.

Taylor threw the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies wide open when she produced a brace of birdies at holes 12 and 13 and a birdie at the par four 17th for a second round three-under-par 69 at the East Course.

The English golfer moved her to the top of the leaderboard at seven under 137 in the final counting event. She leads by one shot from Williams and is two strokes ahead of Buhai.


Svelte Smit leads Joburg Ladies Open logjam

Monique SmitJOHANNESBURG, 5 March 2017 – Monique Smit claimed the first round lead in the Joburg Ladies Open with a superb five-under-par 67, while Lejan Lewthwaite’s campaign to make field for the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies Final began with a solid four under 68 at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club on Sunday.

Smit – a three time winner on the Sunshine Ladies Tour – has battled with inconsistency this season after dropping a staggering 20kg in the last 10 months.

“For once, it all came together,” said a delighted Smit. She hemmed in a bogey at the second with a brace of birdies and capitalised on a good start to add further gains at 14, two and six before she finished in impressive fashion with a birdie at the par fourth ninth.


Buhai mounting charge for the top

Ashleigh BuhaiJOHANNESBURG, 4 March 2017 – Ashleigh Buhai hopes her intimate knowledge of the challenging East Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club will play to her advantage in the Joburg Ladies Open as she bids to seal the top spot in the 2017 Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies Rankings from 5-7 March.

The 27-year-old Edenvale golfer currently ranks second in the point standings, less than 300 points behind current leader Kiran Matharu from England.

Buhai has 1 685 points and Matharu, who won the Ladies Tshwane Open and posted top five finishes in five of her other seven starts, leads with 1 895 points.


Brilliant Buhai comes up trumps at Sun City

2017 Sun International Ladies Challenge champion Ashleigh BuhaiTSHWANE, 2 March 2017 – Ashleigh Buhai sealed the her sixth Sunshine Ladies Tour title – and second this season – with a great par-save at the 54th hole of the Sun International Ladies Challenge at Sun City on Thursday.

The Edenvale golfer chipped out of the sticky rough to the back of the green at the last hole of the Lost City Golf Course with a two shot lead in hand. She lagged the first putt to three feet and boxed the second a four-under-par 68 and a winning score of 10 under 206.

Norwegian Cecilie Lundgreen, who also closed with a flawless 68, took second.


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