Buhai rebounds to bank Cape Town win

Cape Town Ladies Open champion Ashleigh BuhaiCAPE TOWN, 9 February 2017 – Ashleigh Buhai defeated defending champion Lee-Anne Pace at the first extra hole of a sudden-death play-off for the Cape Town Ladies Open title, while Katia Schaff collected her second amateur victory at Royal Cape on Thursday.

Converting three successive runner-up finishes to bank her first Sunshine Ladies Tour victory this season took a lot more work than Buhai imagined when she started the final day with a three shot edge over Pace.

Buhai led by one shot going up the last hole, but Pace drained a 12-footer for birdie and the top ranked pair deadlocked at eight-under-par 214 at the end of regulation play.

They returned to the 18th tee for another stab at the short par four and this time Buhai made the crucial move when she rocked home a 25-foot putt for birdie to seal the win.

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Buhai stays at summit in Cape Town

Ashleigh SimonCAPE TOWN, 8 February 2017 – Ashleigh Buhai tightened her grip on the Cape Town Ladies Open, but the Glendower pro has defending champion Lee-Anne Pace snapping at her heels at Royal Cape Golf Club.

Buhai has been in brilliant form this season, carding three successive runner-up-finishes, and came flying out of the blocks in Tuesday’s opening round to establish a one shot lead at three under.

She was the picture of composure as she fired a flawless second round six-under-par 68 on Wednesday to close in on a fifth Sunshine Ladies Tour title.

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Buhai bursts clear at Cape Town Ladies Open

Ashleigh Simon and Johan SwanepoelCAPE TOWN, 7 February 2017 – If one had to judge her performance in the opening round of the Cape Town Ladies Open on Tuesday, the honeymoon might be over, but Ashleigh Buhai is having a whale of a time in the Mother City after giving her husband the boot.

The couple tied the knot last December, but after seven years of wearing her bag, David got the boot after last week’s Ladies Tshwane Open.

“We’ve split up, but only on the golf course,” laughed Buhai after she and new bagman Johan Swanepoel toured the par-74 layout at Royal Cape Golf Club layout in three under.

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Pace under pressure in Cape Town

Lee-Anne PaceCAPE TOWN, 6 February 2017 – A changing of the guard has left Lee-Anne Pace under some pressure as she prepares to start her title defence in the Cape Town Ladies Open on Tuesday.

South Africa’s top golf export sealed a hat-trick of wins in SA Women’s Open two weeks ago, but Pace elected to miss the season-opening SuperSport Ladies Challenge and she performed below her usual standard in her other two starts in January.

The victory at San Lameer followed a joint fifth finish at the SA Women’s Masters at Rondebosch Golf Club. A tie for eighth in the Ladies Tshwane Open at Zwartkop Country Club last Thursday moved Pace to sixth in the 2017 standings and the Paarl golfer will start the R200 000 event at Royal Cape Golf Club on the back foot.

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Sunshine Ladies Tour inks partnership with Unimedia/PinkStigA

Sunshine Ladies Tour / WPGA / Unimedia / PinkStig agreementThe Sunshine Ladies Tour signed a promotor’s agreement with PinkStig on Friday to launch the 2017 PinkStig Series.

“PinkStig have undertaken to host a minimum of four events between April and December, thereby extending the players’ season beyond the Chase to the Investec Cup for the Ladies Final in March,” said Sunshine Tour chief executive Selwyn Nathan.

“We have partnered with committed sponsors and the stature of the Sunshine Ladies Tour continues to grow. The collaboration with PinkStig comes at an opportune time as we continue to reinforce the continued growth and expansion of the Sunshine Ladies Tour in our fourth season.”

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Mighty Matharu goes straight to top with Tshwane win

Ladies Tshwane Open champion Kiran MatharuTSHWANE, 2 February 2017 – Britain’s Kiran Matharu was in imperious form at Zwartkop Country Club as she marched to a maiden Sunshine Ladies Tour victory with a commanding performance in the R400 000 Ladies Tshwane Open on Friday.

The Englishwoman fired four birdies on the back nine to post a four-under-par 67 for a winning score of nine over 209, beating defending champion Monique Smit and fellow South African Ashleigh Buhai by an emphatic five strokes.

“This is what I’ve been working towards since the start of the Sunshine Ladies Tour and to finally lift the trophy is just a fantastic feeling,” said Matharu.

The 27-year-old took third in her debut at the SuperSport Ladies Challenge, shared second with Buhai at the SA Women’s Masters and closed out a top five finish in the SA Women’s Open last weekend.

The victory catapulted Matharu to the top of the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies standings, while Buhai leapfrogged SA Women’s Masters champion Carrie Park for second place.

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Matharu holds all the cards at Ladies Tshwane Open

Kiran MatharuTSHWANE, 1 February 2017 – For a second time in three weeks, its advantage to a foreign campaigner as Britain’s Kiran Matharu continued to stamp her dominance on the Ladies Tshwane Open at Zwartkop Country Club on Wednesday.

Targeting a breakthrough on the Sunshine Ladies Tour after a third, a second and a fifth place finish in her first three starts, the 27-year-old from Leeds opened up healthy three stroke lead with a second round two under 69 to top the scoreboard at five under 137.

Matharu believes she has the game to see it through, but she will keep an eye on Kim Williams and Ashleigh Buhai leading the chasing pack.

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Masterful Matharu on the march in Tshwane

Kiran MatharuTSHWANE, 31 January 2017 – British golfer Kiran Matharu once again demonstrated some fine form on the Sunshine Ladies Tour to finish the weather-affected first day of the Ladies Tshwane Open at the top of the pile at Zwartkop Country Club.

The Hennops River broke its banks on Monday night after a heavy deluge and caused some major damage, especially over the first nine holes. The opening round had to be delayed by two hours as greens-staff cleaned greens, drained bunkers and repaired damage, but the interruption did little to upset Matharu.

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Huge prize money boost for Ladies Tshwane Open

TSHWANE, 31 January 2017 – The Ladies Tshwane Open teed off at Zwartkop Country Club on Tuesday boasting a purse of R400 000, thanks to the support of the City of Tshwane, the business community of Tshwane and various sponsors from the private sector.

The prize money increase was announced at the pro-am prize giving on Monday evening by councillor Nontshikelo Mokhoto, the MMC for Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture, on behalf of City of Tshwane Executive Mayor, councillor Solly Msimanga.

Sunshine Tour Chief Executive Selwyn Nathan welcomed the news.

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Hat-trick hero Pace signs off in style at SA Women’s Open

Woo Ju Son, Ray Nkonyeni Municipality Mayor, Councillor Nomusa Mqwebu and Lee-Anne PaceSOUTHBROOM, 28 January 2017 – The final round stage at San Lameer Country Club belonged to Lee-Anne Pace, who marched to a historic SA Women’s Open hat-trick on Saturday. 

An overnight lead of six strokes proved insurmountable for the chasing pack as Pace put on a class act on another windswept day on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast layout. She shrugged off an early charge from compatriot Stacy Bregman and went around the layout in 72 strokes to close out a runaway seven stroke victory over Ashleigh Buhai on eight-under-par 208.

In raising the trophy, Pace wrote her name in the South African golfing annals as the first player to celebrate three successive victories in the national championship.

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