Reto relishes Evian experience

Paula RetoEVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (19 September 2016) – South Africa’s Paula Reto loved every minute of the four days at the final major of the season, including the majestic march to victory by South Korea's In Gee Chun at the Evian Championship on Sunday.

Chun shot the lowest ever 72-hole score at a major with a total score of 21 under par, breaking the record of 20 under set by Sweden’s Henrik Stenson at this year’s Open Championship and Jason Day from Australia at the 2015 PGA Championship.

The 2015 US Women’s Open champion closed with a final round two-under-par 69 to win by four shots, better the women’s record by two strokes.


Record beckons for Evian leader Chun

EVIAN-South Korea's In Gee Chun LES-BAIN, France (18 September 2016) - South Korea's In Gee Chun established a four-shot lead after the third round of the Evian Championship on Saturday to remain on course for her second career Major.

Chun shot a third-round 65 to extend her lead and her three day total of 19-under par 194 broke the 54-hole scoring record of 199, set by Annika Sorenstam at the 2004 LPGA Championship.

In fact, she already tied the 72-hole record in relation to par with 18 holes to play.


Two-way tie after Evian opener

South Korea's In Gee Chun and Sung Hyun ParkEVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (16 September 2016) – South Korea's In Gee Chun and compatriot Sung Hyun Park were tied for the lead starting the second round of the Evian Championship in Evian-les-Bains in France, which got underway in calmer weather this morning.

The South Korean pair, who fired flawless rounds of nine under 63, led Annie Park and Shanshan Feng by one shot.

Chun, the 2015 US Women's Open champion, went out early in the morning wave and picked up six of her eight birdies on her final nine holes – the front nine at Evian Resort Golf Club. She used 28 putts in her round of 63 and did not miss a single green.


Pace hits great form ahead of Evian

Lee-Anne PaceDUSSELDORF, Germany (12 September 2016) – South Africa’s Lee-Anne will carry some hot form into the season’s final Major in France this week after signing off with a fifth place finish in the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters on Sunday.

Pace and Belen Mozo from Spain were set for a spectacular showdown in the final round after the pair tied at nine under, but in the end it was 2014 champion In-Kyung Kim who captured a runaway victory with a superb final round performance at Golf Club Hubbelrath in Germany.

The 28-year-old South Korean began the last day one shot behind Pace and Mozo, but she fired past the leaders with a flawless nine-under 63 to not only record the low round of the tournament, but celebrate a five shot victory in the Ladies European Tour showcase event.


SA’s Pace serves up golf fest in Germany

Lee-Anne Pace and Johan SwanepoelDUSSELDORF, Germany (8 September 2016) – South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace embarked on a birdie rampage in the opening round of the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters to rocket into the top spot at the Golf Club Hubbelrath in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Nine birdies was more than enough to cover the two blemishes on her card and the nine-time Ladies European Tour champion signed off with a seven-under-par 65 and a handy one stroke lead.

Pace rubbed out an unfortunate bogey start with a birdie at the third before reeling in four birdies in a row from the fifth to turn four under. The three-time Chase to the Investec Cup winner also bogeyed the opening hole on the back nine, but she eliminated the stain with four more gains, including a pair of birdies at the closing holes.


Park, Dlamini & Assad through to LPGA Stage II

Carrie Park and Nobuhle DlaminiRANCHO MIRAGE, California (29 August 2016) – Sunshine Ladies Tour campaigners Carrie Park and Nobuhle Dlamini and Ekurhuleni amateur Lora Assad all crossed the first hurdle in qualifying for the 2017 LPGA Tour on Sunday.

Park sealed a top 20 finish at one-under-par 287, Dlamini grabbed a share of 58th at four over 292 and Assad finished the gruelling four day test in a tie for 78th at six-over-par 294 in the group that closed out the top 92 competitors that advanced out of the Stage I Qualifying Tournament at Mission Hills Country Club to make the field for the Stage II Qualifier in October.


Sunshine Ladies Tour trio set for Q-School test

Sunshine Ladies Tour trio Nicole Garcia, Nobuhle Dlamini, Carrie Park and amateur Lora Assad.RANCHO MIRAGE, California United States (25 August 2016) - Class is in at the LPGA Tour Stage I Qualifying Tournament in California where Sunshine Ladies Tour campaigners Nicole Garcia, Carrie Park and Nobuhle Dlamini have joined Ekurhuleni amateur Lora Assad and 344 other hopefuls looking to play their way onto the 2017 LPGA Tour.

First round action that gets underway at the Mission Hills Golf Club in Rancho Mirage today.

The field from 45 countries chasing passage to Stage II is nearly double the international subscription of 2015 and features 93 amateurs and 22 players that will be the sole representatives of their countries, including Dlamini from Swaziland.


Park’s gold medal performance in Rio captures the world

The women's golf medallists from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio - Lydia Ko (silver), Inbee Park (gold) and Shanshan Feng (bronze)Arms held over her head in triumph, Inbee Park showed about as much emotion as you are likely ever to see from the stoic South Korean golfer.

Her par putt didn't matter, as she had a big lead walking up the 18th fairway, the gold medal all but secured. But it went in regardless, capping a remarkable week of golf for the LPGA Hall of Famer that was as much surprising as it was dominating.

And perhaps it was a relief, too.

Expectations are high, perhaps overwhelming, in her homeland. There was talk of the South Korean golfers sweeping the podium, a ridiculous notion perhaps, but one that nonetheless was not out of the realm of possibility.


Reto, Ko on the rampage in Rio

Paula Reto at 2016 OlympicsPaula Reto could tick the biggest box of all when she starts today’s final round in the Women’s Golf Competition at the Olympic Games as a definite medal contender in Rio de Janeiro.

The diminutive Capetonian thought she already realised her biggest goals when she led Team South Africa with her opening shot s on Wednesday, but while the pacesetters faltered in the windy conditions on Friday, Reto made the most of moving day at the Olympic Course.

She rocketed from a tie for eighth into the top 10 courtesy of an outstanding three-under-par 68 and – with 18 holes to play – the former Purdue University standout has given herself a really good chance to medal. The 26-year-old petite brunette will start the final 18 holes at joint eighth on four-under-par 209 and she doesn’t feel she’s done her best yet in Rio.


Player’s charges make a move in Rio

Paula Reto and Ashleigh SimonRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (18 August 2016) – Advice from South Africa’s team captain Gary Player helped Paula Reto to make a significant move on day two of the Women’s Golf Competition in Rio de Janeiro, while compatriot Ashleigh Simon’s decision to let go also paid dividends on Thursday.

Reto was in a buoyant mood after a four-under-par 67 that will see her start the third round six shots behind seven-time Major champion Inbee Park, whose successive rounds of 66 at the Olympic Course saw her take top spot at 10-under-par 132.

Frustrated with the putter after opening with a three over 75, Reto consulted nine-time Major champion Player. Not surprisingly, the short stick had a change of heart.

The Cape Town native produced a trio of birdies on the front nine to get back to level par and wiped out a soft bogey at 16 with a birdie-birdie finish to tie for 32nd.


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