15th January 2018 | Sunshine Ladies Tour
LET returns for Investec SA Women’s Open
The Sunshine Ladies Tour and the Women’s PGA of South Africa (WPGA) announced today that the 2018 Investec South African Women’s Open will be jointly co-sanctioned between the Sunshine Ladies Tour, WPGA and the Ladies European Tour (LET). “We are delighted to announce that the LET will be a full co-sanctioning partner to this year’s Investec South African Women’s Open,” said Sunshine Tour Chief Executive Selwyn Nathan. “The Sunshine Ladies Tour and the WPGA are extremely excited to welcome back the LET for the first time since the 2014 SA Women’s Open.”
“This partnership is a huge step forward in restoring the status and prestige befitting our national championship. Partnering with the LET also provides the opportunity to improve the strength of the field through the greater depth of international players currently competing on the Ladies European Tour.”
The Investec South African Women’s Open will be contested at the picturesque and challenging links layout of Atlantic Beach Country Club from 8 to 10 March.
With the full co-sanction, the field for the 2018 Investec South African Women’s Open will include 60 spots for members of the LET. The prize money earned in the prestigious championship will count towards both the Investec Property Fund Order of Merit and the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit.
New title sponsor Investec boosted the prize money to R2-million, which makes it the largest purse on offer since the Sunshine Ladies Tour launched in 2014.
“We are absolutely delighted with the confirmation from the LET” said Danni Dixon, head of Marketing for Investec Property. “Following our initial investment in the Sunshine Ladies Tour to aid the promotion and growth of South African women’s golf, both locally and internationally, we decided to take up the title sponsorship of the South African Women’s Open this year.”
“The Investec South African Women’s Open echoes our brand’s position of high performance and, having the Sunshine Ladies Tour partner with the LET, is another fantastic and positive milestone in our vision to promote women in sport and the ongoing development of our professional golf circuit.”
The tournament will mark the Ladies European Tour’s first visit to South Africa since 2014, when three-time champion Lee-Anne Pace from South Africa prevailed in a play-off against Holly Clyburn from England to lift her first of three titles at San Lameer Country Club in KwaZulu-Natal.
“The LET is delighted to co-sanction the Investec South African Women’s Open with the Sunshine Ladies Tour and the WPGA” said the LET chairman, Mark Lichtenhein.
“South Africa is a proud sporting nation which has produced some of the world’s leading golfers and we would like to say a huge thank you to the Sunshine Ladies Tour for welcoming our international competitors, as well as to Investec for their support as title sponsor.”
“In terms of a tournament venue, we could not ask for more. Atlantic Beach Country Club is one of the finest and most picturesque courses in South Africa and previously hosted qualifying for The Open Championship in 2004 and 2005.”
“We are excited to bring our international players to compete alongside South Africa’s local talents and we look forward to the renewal of our partnership.”
Cherise Paxinos and Liza Gröpp-Els, the co-chairpersons of the WPGA, lauded the initiative between the Sunshine Ladies Tour, the LET and promotor World Sports Promotions.
“South Africa is known around the world as a fantastic golf destination and boasts several co-sanctioned and tri-sanctioned events on the Sunshine Tour” said Paxinos.
“The Investec South African Women’s Open is the crown jewel of the women’s professional golf circuit and it is entirely fitting that the event stands proudly alongside the world-class tournaments in South Africa. This is a very exciting time for women’s golf in our country and we would like to pay tribute to the Sunshine Ladies Tour, the LET, Investec and World Sports Promotions for their commitment to the women’s game.”
Liza Gröpp-Els added: “On behalf of our members, we thank Investec, the Sunshine Ladies Tour and the LET for investing in our national championship. We also want to applaud the City of Cape Town for embracing the South African Women’s Open and for throwing its full support behind the event.”
“The City of Cape Town joined the Sunshine Ladies Tour as the host sponsor of the annual Cape Town Ladies Open in 2015 and we were proud to play a key role in reviving the South African Women’s Masters last year, after an absence of eight years.”
“An event of this stature will also further enhance Cape Town’s status as the events capital of South Africa. With world class golfers from across the world heading to South Africa, the national championship will generate huge interest even beyond the borders of the golfing community. We look forward to hosting all the players at Atlantic Beach in March.”
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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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