Pace fights back in Thailand

Lee-Anne PacePATTAYA, Thailand (26 February 2017) – South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace rebounded with an eagle and two birdies in the final round as Amy Yang weaved her way to tournament record winning total of 22-under-par 266 in the Honda LPGA Thailand on Sunday.

The South-Korean fired a four-under-par 68 in the weather-interrupted event at the Siam Country Club to triumph by five strokes over compatriot So Yeon Ryu.

The previous tournament record of 21 under was held by Suzann Pettersen in 2007 and Ai Miyazato in 2010.

"I am beyond happy,'' said Yang, who had to play 31 holes on Saturday and 23 on Sunday. “I had so many early wakeup calls this week and I had to stay patient out there.”


Play-off perfection from Park at Glendower

Carrie ParkEDENVALE, 23 February 2017 – Rory McIlroy would have given anything to match the heroics of Carrie Park and Nobuhle Dlamini at Glendower’s par four 18th hole where he lost in a play-off to England’s Graeme Storm in the men’s South African Open in January.

Park from South Korea and Swaziland’s Dlamini Nobuhle both spectacularly birdied the 18th in regulation play to finish at five-under-par 211 in joint first place in Thursday’s final round of the Sunshine Ladies Tour Classic sponsored by Canon.

Just as McIlory and Storm went up and down Glendower’s 18th in a sudden-death play-off for the SA Open title before the Northern Irishman bogeyed the third extra hole to hand victory to the Englishman, Park and Dlamini did the same dance.


Buhai blows past opposition at Glendower

Ashleigh BuhaiEDENVALE, 22 February 2017 – Edenvale golfer Ashleigh Buhai boxed a 15-footer for birdie at her last hole of a long day at Glendower Golf Club to take the 36-hole lead in the Canon Sunshine Ladies Tour Classic.

After the first round was washed out due to the deluge of rain that hit the club, two rounds were played on Wednesday. Buhai signed for two-under-par 70s in both the morning and afternoon.

She "divorced" her old caddie - new husband Dave - and is using Mpola Wilkinson, a local Glendower bagman, this week. She was pleased with their teamwork out on the course.


Rain washes out Sunshine Ladies Tour at Glendower

Glendower Country ClubIt was a day where the weather was the main talking point at Glendower and sadly, Mother Nature got the better of the start of the seventh event in this year’s Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies on the Sunshine Ladies Tour.

Torrential rain, which began on Monday and never relented, forced the first round of the Sunshine Ladies Tour Classic sponsored by Canon to be abandoned without a tee shot being fired.

“The course was flooded and the grounds staff were trying desperately to clean up with squeegees when we arrived early this morning,” said tournament director Pauli van Meersbergen.


Matharu perfectly poised in Chase to Investec Cup battle

Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies leader Kiran MatharuGLENDOWER, 20 February 2017 – A birdie-birdie finish for a fourth place finish in the Sunshine Ladies Tour Dimension Data Challenge pushed Comeback Kid Kiran Matharu to the summit in the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies standings on Sunday.

The 27-year-old English golfer will start the Sunshine Ladies Tour Classic, sponsored by Canon, on Tuesday with just the slenderest of margins.

She is a mere 255 points ahead of Nicole Garcia, who triumphed at Fancourt, and she has less than 300 point lead on Ashleigh Buhai, also a winner this season.


Eagle gives Garcia wings at DiData Challenge

Dimension Data Challenge winner Nicole GarciaGEORGE, 19 February 2017 – Nicole Garcia rocketed to second in the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies Points Standings on the back of a stunning wire-to-wire victory in the Dimension Data Challenge at Fancourt on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Benoni golfer produced a sensational eagle at the par five 17th and boxed her final putt for birdie for a flawless five-under-par 67.

The victory on 10 under 216 earned Garcia her second Sunshine Ladies Tour title, a payday worth R70 000 and 650 points in the points race for the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies Final.

She finished three shots clear of former SA Women’s Open champion Tandi von Ruben and six strokes ahead of defending champion Lee-Anne Pace.


Garcia keeps control at Di-Data Challenge

Nicole GarciaGEORGE, 18 February 2017 – Nicole Garcia will be acutely aware of a chasing pack bidding to thwart her charge towards a second Sunshine Ladies Tour title when she starts the final round of the Dimension Data Challenge at Fancourt.

Garcia opened with a 68 and second round 71 at George Golf Club was good enough to keep the Benoni golfer at the top of pile at five under 139, however, there are seven proven winners within five strokes of her lead.

Defending champion Lee-Anne Pace and Tandi von Ruben navigated the parklands layout in 70 strokes to finish one shot back, while Carrie Park carded a 74 to finish three off the pace.


Garcia and Park lead, Pace lurks at Di-Data Challenge

Nicole GarciaGEORGE, 17 February 2017 – Lee-Anne Pace looked to have blown her chances on the first day of the Sunshine Ladies Tour’s Dimension Data Challenge, but the defending champion rallied with a birdie flurry to finish two off the pace from Nicole Garcia and Carrie Park from South Korea at George Golf Club on Friday.

Pace hit the front with a trio of birdies in first four holes, but bogeys at seven and 10 started a downward spiral that opened the door for Garcia and Park.


Birthday girl Pace eyes Di-Data double

Lee-Anne PaceGEORGE, 16 February 2017 – On Valentine’s Day she spoiled her loved ones and on Wednesday, it was her turn to be pampered, but on Thursday, South Africa’s top ranked Lee-Anne Pace was all business ahead of the Sunshine Ladies Tour Dimension Challenge in George.

“It was great to treat everyone on Tuesday and to have the favour returned on my birthday, but now we it’s time to get serious about winning,” said the 36-year-old.

The 54-hole event tees off at George Golf Club on Friday and defending champion dearly wants to be in the driver’s seat when the final round moves to the Outeniqua Course at Fancourt on Sunday.


Canon connects with Sunshine Ladies Tour

Ashleigh BuhaiJOHANNESBURG, 16 February 2017 - Canon South Africa has a long-standing reputation for supporting South African golf and is now proudly associated with the Sunshine Ladies Tour as a sponsor for 2017.

The company, which recently announced its title sponsorship of the Canon South African Disabled Golf Open, will sponsor cash and camera prizes at the Sunshine Ladies Tour Classic, to be contested at Glendower Golf Club from 21-24 February.

The Sunshine Ladies Tour launched in 2014 to ensure the future of playing professionals in South Africa and the continued growth of golf in the region. In four short years, the Sunshine Ladies Tour has grown from seven to 10 events that count towards the season-finale Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies with record prize money of more than R4-million.

The Sunshine Ladies Tour Classic, sponsored by Canon, is the seventh event this year.


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