Top SA golfer Lee-Anne Pace tipped to excel at San Lameer

2014-10-15 00:00

SOUTH Africa’s top women’s golfer Lee-Anne Pace will be one of the leading contenders and a local favourite at this week’s Cell C SA Women’s Open at the San Lameer Country Club.

She will be joining a field of 124 international golfers for the four day tournament that starts tomorrow on the South Coast, playing for a purse of €320 000 (R4,5 million).

Pace has played the course only once, a very long time ago, but she really loves playing at the coast and in the windy conditions, which she suspects is what can be expected.

Q and A with LEE-ANNE PACE

What was the longest time you’ve ever slept for?

Approximately 12 hours, but it could possibly have been 15 hours because I think there might have been a break in-between.

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Your greatest challenge is/was?

Leaving my loved ones for a long period of time every year.

Your lucky number is?

Actually I have four — one, seven, 11 and 15. But if pressed to choose just one, I’d probably choose the number 15.

Do you sing in the shower?

I do, but that really depends on what the proper definition of singing is, because my singing sounds like cats fighting.

Your favourite invention is?

I have a long list which includes in no particular order: wireless Internet; anything Apple; dishwashers; Nespresso coffee machines; memory foam beds and Bose noise-cancelling headphones.

What did you want to be when you were a child/teenager?

A paediatrician.

What do you listen to while on tour?

A variety of music except for Rap and R&B and I really like Ed Sheeran.

You like watching?

TV shows with my favourites being Scandal (The Fixer); Banshee; The Blacklist; Game of Thrones; Revenge; Sons of Anarchy; Suits and True Blood.

What’s your kryptonite?

Spiders. Seriously, I just can’t handle the sight of them and tend to make a less-than-graceful exit when they’re around.

Do you have any pre-tournament rituals?

I wouldn’t call it a ritual actually, but now that I think about it, I do tend to follow a routine on matchday, which is coffee in the morning; make sure I go to the loo just before tee-off and put on sunblock.

Your favourite football team?

Honestly, I really dislike football, but I do enjoy watching rugby — the Stormers and Springboks in particular.

Who or what inspires you?

Amazing athletes such as Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Rory McIlroy as well as true stories about people who have faced difficult circumstances and overcome those. I am a huge fan of true-story movies.

Favourite course in the world?

Pearl Valley, but St Andrews is right up there too.

Love for the game

LEE-ANNE Pace is a household name in South Africa and renowned globally as one of the leading faces in women’s golf. With just under a decade under her belt as a professional golfer, Pace is as much in love with the sport as the day she first started playing. Ironically, Lee-Anne’s introduction to the sport was as a caddy for her father and not as a golfer.

“I used to caddy for him to earn extra money during weekends, but I suppose you could say me actually playing golf was by default. While at the course I would hit some balls with the boys at the venue and we would also have putting competitions.”

During her high school years, Lee-Anne played tennis, but excelled at hockey, a sport she loved playing, but one she couldn’t envisage a professional future in.

“I really loved playing hockey and was very passionate about it, but I didn’t think it was the sport for me to have a career in.”

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