30th November 2017 | Sunshine Ladies Tour
SA Womenâ€™s Open receives huge boost from Investec
30 November 2017 â€“ The Sunshine Ladies Tour today announced a new title sponsor for the most prestigious tournament on the South African womenâ€™s professional golf circuit and record prize money for the 2018 national womenâ€™s Open Championship.
The R2-million purse is a marked increase from the prize fund in 2017 and a huge milestone for womenâ€™s golf.
Players will also compete for additional R100 000 in the Investec Property Fund Order of Merit that will also earn the outstanding player of the season an invitation to compete in a main event on the Ladies European Tour and Final Stage exemption into the 2019 Qualifying School.
â€œIt gives me great pleasure to welcome Investec as the title sponsor of the Investec South African Womenâ€™s Open Championship next year,â€ said Sunshine Tour Executive Director Selwyn Nathan.
â€œInvestec have constantly raised the bar since the Sunshine Ladies Tour launched in 2014 and has given us unequivocal and unwavering support as a partner and sponsor for the last four years, in addition to backing three of our top international competitors: Lee-Anne Pace, Stacy Bregman and Nicole Garcia.â€
â€œWe are extremely delighted and proud to announce this new initiative with the Sunshine Ladies Tour,â€ said Danni Dixon, Head of Marketing for Investec Property.
â€œWe want to position the Investec South African Womenâ€™s Open as a platform that can aid the promotion and growth of South African women’s golf both locally and internationally. High performance resonates with our brand and we want to elevate womenâ€™s golf.â€
Dixon added: â€œWe have a very strong track record in supporting womenâ€™s sport in South Africa. The Sunshine Ladies Tour was a natural fit for us. We have evolved the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies to the next level by becoming the title sponsor of the South African Womenâ€™s Open.
â€œWe want to continue to support this beautiful game that gives our top women players and new local talent coming on the tour the opportunity to showcase and develop their skills against top international players.â€
Thanks to the record prize money of R2-million, the 2018 Investec South African Womenâ€™s Open will rank among the worldâ€™s top national opens. The Investec South African Womenâ€™s Open at Atlantic Beach Golf Club will bring down the curtain on the 2018 season from 8-10 March.
South Africaâ€™s Lee-Anne Pace will be targeting a historic fourth consecutive victory next March.
â€œThe South African Womenâ€™s Open is the one championship every golfer dreams of winning,â€ said the Investec Property player.
â€œInvestec Property has played a major role in establishing and developing the Sunshine Ladies Tour and with their support, the Investec South African Womenâ€™s Open will regain the top tier status it deserves. I am definitely going to try to win number four, but with such an attractive purse, I believe we will attract top international golfers and I will have my work cut out.â€
The full 2018 Sunshine Ladies Tour schedule will be announced at noon on Friday, 1 December.
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PHOTO â€“ Three-time champion Lee-Anne Pace will target a fourth consecutive victory in the 2018 Investec South African Womenâ€™s Open; credit Sunshine Ladies Tour.
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