28th November 2015 | Sunshine Ladies Tour
SA duo primed for LPGA Q-School
While LPGA Tour winner Lee-Anne Pace starts her title defence in the SA Womenâ€™s Open at San Lameer Country Club on Sunday, two of South Africaâ€™s brightest prospects are heading to the United States to pursue playing privileges on the LPGA Tour.
Rookie Bertine Strauss won the First Stage Qualifier in August and tied for 28th with Sunshine Ladies Tour champion Stacey Bregman at the Second Stage Qualifier in October.
Now the South African pair hope to cross the last hurdle in the Final Stage Qualifier at the Hill and Jones Courses of the LPGA International in Daytona Beach from 2 â€“ 6 December.
Bregman had her sights set on the SA Womenâ€™s Open title this year after a breakthrough season on the Sunshine Ladies Tour and was obviously disappointed that the SA Womenâ€™s Open clashed with Final Stage.
â€œAfter winning three times on the Sunshine Ladies Tour and a solid season on the Ladies European Tour, I really fancied my chances to win this year,â€ Bregman said.
â€œBut my goal this year was always to try and qualify for the LPGA Tour. I felt I had the game and experience to give it a shot this year and, after getting through the Second Stage Qualifier, I am really fired up to start the Final Stage.â€
A month after her pro debut at the US Womenâ€™s Open, she broke through for her maiden win on the SunCoast Pro Tour in August and won the First Stage Qualifier a week later.
Having won the Jackie Mercer Trophy as the leading amateur in the 2012 SA Womenâ€™s Open at Selborne Park, the Koster golfer also had her eye on the big prize.
â€œItâ€™s really a great pity that Stacy and I have to miss out this year,â€ Strauss said.
â€œWe will definitely be following the action from San Lameer on the web, though. Itâ€™s going to be very exciting to see if Lee-Anne can defend or if one of the new professionals or even an amateur will come through this year. It will also give us a good sense of the competition for when the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies restarts early next year.â€
Bregman and Strauss will line up in a field of 159 players that will be cut down to the low 70 players and ties after the first 72 holes, and only the top 20 finishers will receive cards after a gruelling 90-hole test.
If the South African duo are successful, they will proudly fly the South African flag on the 2016 LPGA Tour alongside Pace, Ashleigh Simon and Paula Reto.
PHOTO: Stacy Bregman; credit Justin Klusener.
PHOTO: Bertine Strauss; credit Mari Samu
Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of the SA Womenâ€™s Open, Sunshine Ladies Tour and WPGA.