Reto ready to fire at ShopRite LPGA Classic

Paula RetoNew Jersey, USA (3 June 2016) - South Africa’s Paula Reto is enjoying her best season since joining the LPGA Tour in 2014 and the Bloemfontein is set to reel in more world ranking points in this week’s ShopRite LPGA Classic in New Jersey.

Last year, the petite Bloemfontein native earned a fraction more than the $100,000 in 22 and finished the season ranked 88th in the final Money List.

But after 12 starts this season, Reto has broken the $120,000 mark and nearly doubled her total earnings of her first two years on the LPGA Tour. She rocketed from outside top 200 in the Rolex World Rankings to 111th, climbed to 51st in the LPGA Tour’s Official Money List and moved to 49th in the Race to CME Globe chase. And, she did all this despite missing four cuts and withdrawing from last week’s LPGA Volvik Championship.

The 26-year-old will bring her A-game when she lines up alongside Sunshine Ladies Tour champions Ashleigh Simon and Bertine Strauss in Galloway for the first round of the $1.5-million event, which tees off at the Bay Course of the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club today.

Compatriots Simon and Strauss will also be looking for a fast start in Galloway.


Simon, Van Zyl qualify for US Opens

Ashleigh SimonCAPE TOWN, 24 May 2016 – Ashleigh Simon sealed her spot in the field for this year’s U.S. Women’s Open, while Jaco van Zyl was among those who qualified for the U.S. Open via the most recent Official World Ranking on Monday.

Simon competed in one of four Sectional Qualifiers played across the United States. The four-time Sunshine Tour winner fired rounds of 73 and 71 at Oak Park Country Club in River Grove, Illinois to claim one of just two spots on offer to the field of 90 players.

“I think I surprised myself,” said a delighted Simon from Chicago on Monday night.


Garcia, Bregman make great start in China

Nicole GarciaSHANGHAI, China (12 May 2016) - South Africa’s Nicole Garcia fired five birdies for a share of the Buick Championship lead on Thursday, while compatriot Stacy Bregman lies just one off the pace in the Ladies European Tour event at the Shanghai Qishong Garden Golf Club in China.

Garcia signed for an opening four-under-par 68 and shares pole position with Melissa Reid from England and Becky Morgan from Scotland, while Bregman sits in the eight-man bus at three under.


Happy days at Houghton

Lejan LewthwaiteResurgent Anton Haig kept his comeback campaign on track with back-to-back victories on the IGT Tour, while Benoni’s Lejan Lewthwaite from Benoni and Carrie Park from South Korea upstaged a clutch of Sunshine Tour pros to complete the top three in the Houghton Challenge on Wednesday.

Haig took control at Houghton Golf Club with a bogey-free nine-under-par 63 in round two and shot 69 in the final round to close out his second victory on 10 under 206. Lewthwaite returned a 70 to finish three shots back and Park signed for an even-par 72 to take third on six under.


SA dozen make history in Morocco

Stacy Bregman5 May 2016 - Stacy Bregman and Dean Burmeester led a dozen South African golfers in a historic first round when the European Tour and Ladies European Tour teed off simultaneously at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam golf course in Morocco on Thursday.

Sunshine Ladies Tour campaigners Bregman, Nicole Garcia, Laurette Maritz and Swaziland’s Nobuhle Dlamini started alongside Connie Chen in the Lalla Meryem Cup on the Blue Course while Burmeester spearheaded the local attack in the Trophée Hassan II on the Red Course.


Pace and Strauss push Park to great heights

Carrie Park and Anton HaigJOHANNESBURG, 2 May 2016 - A pure shot at the first hole sent Anton Haig on his way to a maiden IGT Tour victory in the ERPM Challenge, but Carrie Park also felt like a winner after she rolled in a par-putt at the final hole to finish second two weeks ago.

The pint-sized Park fired a 63 in the first round to tie Haig for the lead at ERPM Golf Club. She shot 69 in the second round to keep pace with the former European Tour winner and closed with a 66 to finish four shots behind Haig.

Haig was so impressed with the 19-year-old Park that he asked about investing in her.

“Carrie is one helluva golfer and she is only 19,” Haig said. “She is straight, she’s compact, and accurate and she has a really good sense of where she is going with her shots.


Pace gets her groove back in California

Lee-Anne PaceCALIFORNIA, United States (25 April 2016) - South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace outgunned three of the world’s top 10 players to claim a runner-up finish in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic on Sunday.

The Mossel Bay golfer navigated the high winds that whipped around the Lake Merced course in California to close with a two-over-par 74. She finished on five under 283, four shots behind winner Haru Nomura from Japan and three strokes ahead of world number one Lydia Ko, number three Lexi Thompson and number seven Brooke Henderson, among others.


Ko makes history at ANA Inspiration

2016 ANA Inspiration champion Lydia Ko4 April 2016 - Lydia Ko etched her name into the record books once again with dramatic second major championship victory at the ANA Inspiration on Sunday. The world number one birdied the 72nd hole for a flawless 69 to move to 12-under par and finished one shot ahead of Charley Hull and In Gee Chun.

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, who looked like she had the win locked up with three holes to play, bogeyed her final three holes to finish fourth at 10-under par.

At 18 years, 11 months and nine days, Ko is officially the youngest two-time major winner in LPGA history and the youngest male or female with two major wins since Young Tom Morris in 1869.


Hot putter puts Pace in ANA Inspiration mix

Lee-Anne Pace and Johan SwanepoelRANCHO MIRAGE, California (1 April 2016) – Intense off-season training produced some great results for Lee-Anne Pace at home and definitely helped South Africa’s top golfer to surge within striking distance of the joint leaders in the first women's Major of the year in California on Thursday.

Pace fired an opening four-under-par 68 at the Dinah Shore Course to grab a share of third in the ANA Inspiration with Scotland's Catriona Matthew and Shiho Oyama from Japan.

The trio lag just one shot behind first round pacesetters Spain’s Azahara Munoz and Ai Miyazato from Japan at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.


Pace and Reto line up at ANA Inspiration

Lee-Anne Pace and Paula RetoRANCHO MIRAGE, United States – South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace comes into the year’s first Major riding a wave of confidence and a game to support it after three victories on the Sunshine Ladies Tour and a solid start to her LPGA Tour season.

The three-time Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies champion and compatriot Paula Reto will fly the flag for South Africa in the world class field assembled for the ANA Inspiration, which tees off in Rancho Mirage, California on Thursday.


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