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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Pace closes in on history at SA Women’s Open

Lee-Anne PaceSOUTHBROOM, 27 January 2017 – Lee-Anne Pace is closing in on a historic three-peat in the SA Women’s Open after she left the field behind in Friday’s second round at San Lameer Country Club.

The Paarl golfer carded a two-under-par 70 in windy conditions to move to eight under, five shots clear of Stacy Bregman and she leads England’s Kiran Matharu by six strokes.

With the win, she will take her Sunshine Ladies Tour tally to 10, collect the lion share of the R250 000 purse sponsored by the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality and gain valuable points in the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies.

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Pace mounts case for SA Women’s Open hat-trick

Lee-Anne PaceSAN LAMEER (KwaZulu-Natal), 26 January 2017 – Lee-Anne Pace proved once again that form is temporary, but class is permanent when she capitalised on a blistering start to take the first round lead in the SA Women’s Open, sponsored by the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, on Thursday.

Pace may have struggled for form in the SA Women’s Masters last week, but with the trusty Scotty Cameron putter back in the bag, the two-time defending champion was at her vintage best on a sun-kissed day at San Lameer Country Club.

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Pace braced for SA Women’s Open title defence

Lee-Anne PaceSAN LAMEER, 25 January 2017 – Lee-Anne Pace hopes to make some headlines when she hunts an unprecedented hat-trick in the SA Women’s Open starting at San Lameer Country Club on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast on Thursday.

Pace provided one of the most dramatic moments of the 2015 Sunshine Ladies Tour season when she defeated England’s Holly Clyburn in a play-off for her first victory.

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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.

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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.

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