Buhai ready for SA Women’s Masters hunt

Ashleigh and David BuhaiCAPE TOWN, 16 January 2017 – Ashleigh Simon needs no introduction. Her storied amateur career was nothing short of outstanding and, since she joined the pro ranks, she has complimented a flood of amateur victories with two Ladies European Tour and four Sunshine Ladies Tour titles.

All those feats belonged to Ashleigh Simon, though, so it’s no wonder that Mrs Ashleigh Buhai is so keen to kick off her fourth Sunshine Ladies Tour season in a big way this week.

“I’d better win and win quickly, or people will wonder what happened to me,” said the beaming newly-wed ahead of this week’s South African Women’s Masters.

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Williams charges back to winning ways

Kim Williams with SuperSport General Marketing Manager Matshepo MajolaJOHANNESBURG, 6 January 2017 – Kim Williams proved that class is permanent as she marched to victory in the 2017 Sunshine Ladies Tour season opener on Friday. After three winless seasons, there were some who thought the former top ranked Pretoria golfer would never scale great heights again, but Williams silenced her critics with a one stroke victory in the SuperSport Ladies Challenge at Huddle Park Golf Club.

A three-under-par 69 at the pristine Linksfield course smoothed the way to a winning total of seven-under-par 209 and her first success since a maiden conquest in her pro debut in 2014.

A beaming Williams said she believes there is more to come.

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Eagle sends Smit soaring at Huddle Park

Monique SmitJOHANNESBURG, 5 January 2017 – It was a case of South African delight and British cheer in equal measure as local favourite Monique Smit took control of the SuperSport Ladies Challenge, while Kim Williams and England’s Kiran Matharu moved within striking distance in Thursday’s second round at Huddle Park.

A tidy four-under-par 68 moved Smit – the winner of the inaugural event in 2014 – into pole position at seven under 137. She will start the final round with a three shot lead over fellow Sunshine Ladies Tour winner Kim Williams and she has four shots on the Englishwomen.

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Strauss, Smit split SuperSport Ladies Challenge lead

Monique SmitJOHANNESBURG, 4 January 2017 – Defending champion Bertine Strauss and three-time Sunshine Ladies Tour winner Monique Smit provided the early fireworks in the opening round of the R200,000 SuperSport Ladies Challenge on Wednesday.

Gunning for a fourth successive title on the local circuit, Strauss looked fit to establish a commanding lead, but the Koster golfer ultimately had to settle for a share of top spot at three under with Smit, the champion of this event in 2014.

The pair both signed for rounds of 69 at Huddle Park Golf Club, although it could have been much better for Strauss.

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Strauss set for sizzling start to 2017

Bertine StraussBertine Strauss will be gunning for a fourth straight Sunshine Ladies Tour victory when she starts her title defence in the SuperSport Ladies Challenge on Wednesday.

This this time around, though, the petite Koster golfer says she is not feeling any pressure.

“It’s a different ballgame this year,” said the second season professional after her practice round at Huddle Park Golf Club on Tuesday.

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SA Hall of Fame honours Legendary Little

SA Hall of Famer Sally LittlePILANSBERG, North West (30 November 2016) - Former South African Women’s Open champion Tandi von Ruben lifted the inaugural PinkStig Invitational title at the Lost City, but the day belonged to legendary Major champion Sally Little, who was inducted into the South African Hall of Fame on Tuesday evening.

Little became the first South African golfer inducted into the SA Hall of Fame, which has its new home at Sun City, and her memorable achievement was celebrated during the PinkStig Invitational prize giving in the Warrior Hall of the Sun International Convention Centre at Sun City.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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