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15th January 2019 | Sunshine Ladies Tour

Jabra connects with Sunshine Ladies Tour

15 January 2019 – The Sunshine Ladies Tour announced on Tuesday a new event set to debut on the 2019 schedule. The inaugural Jabra Ladies Classic will not only bring down the curtain on the sixth season at Glendower Golf Club from 20-22 March, but there is a lot to look forward to for the first champion.

“We are delighted to partner with Jabra in what promises to be a sensational season-finale,” said Sunshine Tour Chief Executive Selwyn Nathan. “Jabra is associated with the Ladies European Tour (LET) and Ladies European Tour Access Series (LETAS) through the Jabra Ladies Open and is now proudly associated with the Sunshine Ladies Tour as a partner for 2019.

“The Jabra Ladies Classic will carry a purse of R200 000 and comes with a very exciting incentive for the winner. The 2019 champion will be granted a spot in the Jabra Ladies Open, which last year became the first dual-ranking event between the LET and LETAS.

“The Jabra Ladies Open, hosted at the famous Evian Resort Golf Club in France since 2016, is the only European qualifying tournament for the Evian Championship, the second biggest Major of the season. The Jabra Ladies Open winner and the runner-up will be both be granted spots in this Major. The champion will also earn her place in the AIG Women’s British Open, as well as a full category on the LET for the next season.”

Should the 2019 Jabra Ladies Classic champion already be exempt for the Jabra Ladies Open, the spot will go to the first available player not exempt on the final leaderboard at the time of the Jabra Ladies Classic.

“Jabra has agreed to go down to the 20th spot,” said Nathan. “This incredibly generous gesture will ensure that one of our rising stars will get the opportunity to gain valuable international experience. We are delighted to welcome Jabra to our stable of partners and we look forward to a very exciting end to what promises to be another memorable Sunshine Ladies Tour.”

Jean-Baptiste Pain, Managing Director Jabra South EMEA, said that the company is very excited to extend its support of women’s professional golf to the Sunshine Ladies Tour. “Jabra has made a noteworthy contribution to women’s professional golf in Europe for a few years now and we are delighted to extend our support to the Sunshine Ladies Tour, now in its sixth season, and to assist in securing the future of the professional women’s circuit in South Africa.

“The Jabra Ladies Classic is aligned with one of our main objectives, which is to support Women’s Golf by proposing high-quality tournaments that allow the golfers to express their talent and develop their golf experience. This is made possible thanks to the Sunshine Ladies Tour, the strongest professional circuit in Africa, and the great support it brings to this new project.”

The 2019 Sunshine Ladies Tour launches on 30 January with eight events.

“The Jabra Ladies Classic follows the Investec South African Women’s Open, which will be co-sanctioned with the LET at Westlake Golf Club from 14-16 March,” Nathan said.

“By positioning the Jabra Ladies Classic at the end of the season, we hope to encourage the LET players to stay on in South Africa to ensure a competitive, international field for the season-finale.

“As one of the top ranked golf courses in South Africa, Glendower will provide the perfect setting for the Jabra Ladies Open and, of course, the final chase for the Investec Property Order of Merit crown. The season-long points race reached a dramatic climax with Stacy Bregman sealing victory in the Investec South African Women’s Open last year and we anticipate another tightly run race this year.”

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Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of the Sunshine Ladies Tour and WPGA.


1st March 2018 | Sunshine Ladies Tour

Determined Dlamini knocking at SuperSport Ladies Challenge

Nobuhle Dlamini moved one step closer to her maiden Sunshine Ladies Tour victory with a second round one-under 69 to lead by a shot from Melissa Eaton at the R400 000 SuperSport Ladies Challenge, presented by Sun International, on Thursday.
Dlamini followed her brilliant opening round of six-under 64 at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club with a more subdued 18 holes on day two to get to seven-under overall, but a 69 did her quest to grab her breakthrough win no harm at all.

Sunshine Ladies Tour debutant Jessica Karlsson from Sweden carded a second round 67 to rise to five-under overall, with Lora Assad a further two strokes back after an even-par 70.
The difference in Dlamini’s scores over the two days was down to her putting.

“It was another solid round, but I just didn’t score very well,” Dlamini said. “I hit the ball really well. I didn’t putt like I did in the first round, but I’m still happy with a 69. I could have made more putts. My course management was good as well.
“I’m going to have the same approach into the final round and, if I putt better, it will be good enough. My game plan is good; my ball-striking is good. I’m still feeling confident on the greens, but I left quite a few putts short today, I had the lines right but my pace was out. In the beginning I hit them a bit hard so I tried to adjust. But the ball is running on line which is good.”
Eaton from Port Shepstone aimed to use her home-ground advantage in round three.
“I just feel at home here, with the scorers and volunteers; it’s a really good feeling. I know a lot of people are pulling for me,” said Eaton.
“In the past I’ve put too much pressure on myself and it’s been nice this year, because I haven’t been in the media as much. I’m just trying to do my thing and go about my routine like I would anywhere else. It’s been nice, though, having my family here and my twin Nicola watching me.”
Eaton had one spectacular par-save during her round at the par three 11th. She was forced to stand in the middle of a bush to take her stance and was able to take a swing at it, and proceeded to bang in the putt from around 10 feet for par.
“I misfired at the wrong target and it almost cost me a lot there,” said the Parkview assistant golf director. “I luckily found my ball and had a swing and I was fortunate to be able to chop it out and save par. That was big turning point for me in the round. I felt like things were going my way and I just needed to flow with that.”
Despite a moderate first round, Eaton said she feels she is close to recording a really good score.
“The conditions were a little easier to begin with today, but it is moving day for us on day two. You need to try and get up a bit further on the leaderboard. We started off early and I just felt good. I knew yesterday I played very well but the score didn’t quite show. I knew if I just continued with that frame of mind it would work, and it did.”
As for her approach on Friday with the title on the line, Eaton said the confidence gained from a top joint second place finish in the SA Women’s Masters would serve her well.
“Tomorrow I’m just going to keep the same mind-set and belief in myself and try to hit the right shot at the right time. I can’t control other players, just my own game.”
Investec Property Fund Order of Merit leader Stacy Bregman ground out a two-over 72 to go with her opening 73. The Canon Ladies Tshwane Open champion finished on five-over in a tie for 24th and made the cut by two.

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Written by and released by Lali Stander on behalf of the Sunshine Ladies Tour and WPGA.