Garcia under the gun in Qatar

Nicole GarciaDOHA, Qatar (26 November 2016) – South Africa’s Nicole Garcia will start the final round of the Qatar Ladies Open hoping to crack a top 10 finish in the Ladies European Tour season-finale at Doha Golf Club in Qatar.

The Sunshine Ladies Tour champion was well inside the top 10 after an opening round of 69 and second round 70, but a one under 71 on Saturday saw her slip to joint 12th on six under 210.

“It’s all or nothing on Saturday,” said Garcia. “I simply must produce a solid performance in the final round to secure my card for 2017. I’m lying in 86 position at the moment and I must break the top 80 to avoid a trip back to Q-School. It’s a lot of pressure, but if I can just get the putter to cooperate in the final round, I know I can do it.


Garcia makes fast start in Qatar

Nicole GarciaDOHA, Qatar (24 November 2016) – South Africa’s Nicole Garcia pulled within two shots of Lydia Hall from Wales and Finland’s Noora Tamminen, who set the first round target in the Qatar Ladies Open at five under with a pair of flawless 67s in Wednesday.

Kylie Walker from Scotland and Anna Nordqvist from Sweden finished a stroke further back, while Garcia secured a share of fifth with nine players by posting a three-under-par 69.

The Ebotse golfer made the most of the great weather conditions to reel in five birdies on the way home.


Pace targets SA Women’s Open hat-trick

2016Lee-AnnePace_SLTSouth Africa’s top golfing export Lee-Anne Pace will be targeting an unprecedented record when the South African Women’s Open heads to the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast for a fifth successive year in early 2017.

Thanks to the unwavering support of the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, Pace has the opportunity to extend her winning tally on the Sunshine Ladies Tour to 10 victories, but more significantly, she could become the first player on the women’s professional golf circuit in South Africa to win the national championship for a record third time.

Pace owns nine titles on the Ladies European Tour and is a LPGA Tour winner, but the prospect of re-writing the history books has the two-time defending champion brimming with excitement.


It's a Wrap

CME Group Tour Championship winner Charley HullEngland’s Charley Hull won her first LPGA title, Ariya Jutanugarn from Thailand took home the Player of the Year Award and a cool $1-million, while South Korea’s In Gee Chun birdied the 72nd hole in the CME Group Tour Championship to clinch the Vare Trophy on Sunday.

South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace skipped the season-finale, but finished the 2016 with a career-high ranking of 35th on the LPGA Tour Money List. Compatriot Paula Reto finished 62nd at the Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida and sealed a 61st place finish in the Race to the CME Globe Standings and a 72nd place ranking in the Money List.

Here is how world number one Lydia Ko walked away empty-handed as the curtain came down on the 2016 LPGA season on Sunday.


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.


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