South Coast to host Sunshine Ladies Tours

2018-01-26 06:00
PHOTO: sourced Winner of the SA Women’s Open title three times in a row, Lee-Anne Pace.

PHOTO: sourced Winner of the SA Women’s Open title three times in a row, Lee-Anne Pace.

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THE South Coast will be the proud hosts of two Sunshine Ladies Tour golfing events in 2018.

According to the event organisers the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality lost hosting rights for the SA Women’s Open to Cape Town this year - they gained the rights to two of the Sunshine Ladies Tour, the South African Women’s Masters and the SuperSport Ladies Challenge.

Sunshine Tour Chief Executive Selwyn Nathan said in a media statement that the Sunshine Ladies Tour has grown significantly since its inception in 2014 with just eight events totalling R1,075 million in prize money.

Last year the total purse was just under R3 milion and the top 10 ranked professionals competed for a R1 000 000 bonus pool in the chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies.

For 2018 it has gone even higher with a record purse of R4,450 million, plus a R100 000 incentive for the Investec Property Fund Order of Merit winner.

“The Ray Nkonyeni Municipality hosted the South African Women’s Open for five years at San Lameer Country Club and last year, the City of Cape Town supported us to bring the South African Women’s Masters back to the circuit after an absence of eight years,” said Lesley Copeman of World Sports Promotions.

“With the Investec South African Women’s Open moving to Cape Town, the City of Cape Town will be supporting the national championship.

“We then offered the South African Women’s Masters to the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality and we are so delighted they accepted.

“We are incredibly grateful to the municipality and its mayor, Councillor Nomusa Mqwebu, for their unwavering and ongoing support of women’s golf,” said Copeman.

Ray Nkonyeni Municipality spokesperson Simon April said the municipality was pleased about their partnership with the organisers.

“We regard golf as very interesting and growing and developing sporting code hence the passion by the mayor to support sporting events that promote it.

“We have an agreement with the organisers­ which dates back from the time there was Hibiscus Coast Municipality­ and so far we are happy with the impact of their event hence our stance in continuing to partner with them in hosting these events,” said April adding that all organisational undertakings were the responsibility of the organisers.

The South African Women’s Masters­ tees off at San Lameer Gold Estate from February 22-24.

The SuperSport Ladies Challenge will be presented by Sun International at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club from February 28 to March 2.

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