Brittany Lang wins US Women's Open

Brittany LangAmerican Brittany Lang won her first major title at the US Women's Open in a play-off with Anna Nordqvist after the Swede was given a two-stroke penalty.
Nordqvist was penalised for touching sand in a bunker with her club on the second hole of a three-hole aggregate play-off with Lang, 30, at CordeValle. USGA officials told Lang of the penalty before her third to the last green but Nordqvist found out after her approach.

"I wish the USGA would have told me a bit earlier," said Nordqvist, 29."They approached me after I already hit my third shot into 18, then kind of ran up to Brittany to tell her that I got penalised. I don't know if it would have changed the outcome, but it certainly would have changed my aggressiveness into the 18th pin."

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SA pair slow off the mark at US Women’s Open

Ashleigh SimonSAN MARTIN, California, USA (8 July 2016) – South Africa’s Ashleigh Simon opened with a two-over-par 74, but Lee-Anne Pace had a much tougher time in the blustery afternoon conditions and carded an uninspiring first round 78 at the US Women’s Open in California on Thursday.

Pace was in good company though, as none of the players in the marquee group that featured three of the top four players in the world were among the 14 players that broke par at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin in the afternoon.

World number one Lydia Ko birdied her final hole for a 73, Lexi Thompson matched Simon’s 74 and Brooke Henderson shot 76.

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Pace pulls out of Rio

Lee-Anne PaceStatement from Lee-Anne Pace regarding 2016 Olympics

“I have advised South African Golf Association, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, Mr Gary Player and Sunshine Ladies Tour that I have withdrawn my name from consideration for the South African Olympic Golf Team for Rio.

I was very much looking forward to the opportunity of being part of the South African Golf Team and the wider South African Olympic Team.  However, over recent months my team has been monitoring the situation regarding the Zika Virus and finding out as much information as possible. After weighing up all the options and discussing it with my family and team, I have decided that due to the health concerns surrounding the Zika Virus, I will not be participating.

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Simon makes Major charge in Seattle

Ashleigh SimonSEATTLE, United States (10 June 2016) – South Africa’s Ashleigh Simon capitalized on a resurgence in form to grab a share of fourth on day one of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in Washington, Seattle.

Simon fired a one-under-par 70 at the Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish to finish three off the pace in Thursday’s first round. The 27-year-old Johannesburg golfer trails by three shots from Canadian Brooke Henderson, who holds a two stroke advantage over South Korean In-Kyung Kim and American Christina Kim.

The South African finds herself in some prestigious company in the logjam behind the leader.

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SA’s Simon sizzles at ShopRite Classic

Ashleigh SimonGALLOWAY, New Jersey (6 June 2016) – South Africa’s Ashleigh Simon recorded a season’s best tie for 22nd in the Shoprite LPGA Classic in New Jersey on Sunday to take some great form into the season’s second Major – the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – this week.

She opened with an even-par 71 at the Stockton Seaview Golf Club, while fellow South African Paula Reto grabbed a share of the three-way lead with a first round 64. Simon rallied with four birdies on the back nine for a 69 and defied strong winds on the last day to reel in four birdies on the inward stretch for a 67 to finish at six-under-207.

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SA’s Reto shares ShopRite Classic lead

Paula Reto4 June 2016 - South Africa’s Paula Reto fired an opening seven-under-par 64 to grab a share of the three-way tie at the top of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, presented by Acer, in New Jersey on Friday.

The country’s second highest ranked player tied for pole position with defending champion Anna Nordqvist and 2010 champion Ai Miyazato at the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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