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2017-01-12 06:02
 Photo: Sunshine Ladies Tour South Africa’s top ranked Lee-Anne Pace will be targeting an unprecedented hat-trick at the 2017 SA Women’s Open.

Photo: Sunshine Ladies Tour South Africa’s top ranked Lee-Anne Pace will be targeting an unprecedented hat-trick at the 2017 SA Women’s Open.

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SOUTH Africa’s top golfing export, Lee-Anne Pace, will be targeting an unprecedented record when the South African Women’s Open heads to the South Coast for a fifth successive year from 26 to 27 January.

Thanks to the support of the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, Pace has the opportunity to extend her winning tally on the Sunshine Ladies Tour to 10 victories, but more significantly, she could become the first player on the women’s professional golf circuit in South Africa to win the national­ championship for a record third time.

Pace owns nine titles on the Ladies European Tour and is a LPGA Tour winner, but the prospect of rewriting the history books has the two-time defending champion brimming with excitement.

“Winning my first SA Women’s Open was incredibly special and making it two in a row last year was very exciting, but once I learnt that no one has won the SA Women’s Open three times, I knew that if the event returned in 2017, mine would be the first name on the entry list,” said Pace.

“Besides winning Majors, any golfer will tell you that lifting the trophy at your national Open is the best feeling in the world. I am always motivated by statistics, so to have the chance to set a record entirely of my own is the ultimate challenge.

“This is a very rare opportunity as I will only have this one shot at three successive victories, but it is exhilarating to stand on the brink of something so historic.”

The 54-hole tournament, sanctioned by the WPGA of South Africa, will carry a purse of R250 000 and will be staged at San Lameer Country Club from 26 to 28 January.

It will be the third counting event for the 2017 Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies after the SuperSport Ladies Challenge and SA Women’s Masters.

Pace ended the 2016 LPGA Tour season with a career-high 35th place ranking on the LPGA Tour Money List. She plans to take a break over the festive season and come out firing next year. A victory on the South Coast could set the tone for another record-setting season for Pace.

“The last two editions of the SA Women’s Open fell in November, but this new date is fantastic in terms of my schedule for next year,” said the three-time Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies champion.

“I love to come home to support the Sunshine Ladies Tour and the 2017 schedule allows me to start my season here at home. It’s also fantastic that we will have two events before we head to San Lameer, because that strengthens my chances, I will be super competitive for the SA Women’s Open.”

Mayor, Councillor Nomusa Mqwebu, said the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality is proud to have been a key facilitator in the resurgence in women’s professional golf in South Africa.

“The SA Women’s Open has become a very significant attraction in this region from an economic, tourism and sport development point of view since we first partnered with World Sports Promotions to bring back the SA Women’s Open to the national schedule in 2012,” Councillor Mqwebu said.

Entrance to the 2017 SA Women’s Open is free and highlights packages covering all three days will be flighted on SuperSport and SABC 3. Broadcast dates and times to be advised.

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