5th May 2016 | Sunshine Ladies Tour
SA dozen make history in Morocco
Stacy Bregman and Dean Burmester 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 Swazilandâ€™s Nobuhle Dlamini started alongside Connie Chen in the Lalla Meryem Cup on the Blue Course while Burmeester spearheaded the local attack in the TrophÃ©e Hassan II on the Red Course.
Sunshine Tour stalwarts Ulrich van den Berg, Jean Hugo and Justin Walters and the hungry young Turks Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Zander Lombard, Dylan Frittelli and Thriston Lawrence complete the South African line-up in Rabat.
This marked the first time that the two Tours came together at the same venue and the concept might be novel for the Europeans, but itâ€™s nothing the South Africans havenâ€™t experienced before.
â€œWeâ€™ve played the Sunshine Tour and Sunshine Ladies Tour annual Chase to the Investec Cups at the same venues for the last three years, so South Africa definitely set the global trend for this concept,â€ said Bregman.
â€œItâ€™s always a hoot to be at the same venue as the guys. We swap tips, compare shots and have a great time mockingÂ each other. Itâ€™s really good for womenâ€™s golf to share a venue with the men and use the opportunity to showcase our talent to a much wider audience.
â€œWeâ€™ve had a lot of fun in the past couple of days to catch up and weâ€™ve all been saying that it would really be something if South Africans could win both titles in this historic week – wouldnâ€™t that be something!â€
Meanwhile the â€œRoad to Rioâ€ goes through Prattville, Alabama with South Africaâ€™s top ranked Lee-Anne Pace among 28 players representing 20 countries that are in the running for Olympic qualification competing in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic this week.
Compatriots Paula Reto, rookie Bertine Strauss and Ashleigh Simon â€“ coming off a tie for 23rd in last weekâ€™s Volunteers of America Texas Shootout â€“ will join the action in the $1.3-million event at the Senator Course, one of the three 18-hole championship courses in Capitol Hill on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
PHOTO â€“ Stacy Bregman; credit Sunshine Ladies Tour.