Sunshine Tour

Pace cruises to Tshwane title

2015-03-17 16:48
Lee-Anne Pace (Gallo Images)

Pretoria - South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace has cruised to her second successive title in the R100 000 Ladies Tshwane Open on Tuesday.

The world number 31 stretched a two shot overnight advantage to a five stroke victory over KwaZulu-Natal's Melissa Eaton at Pretoria Country Club.

Pace finished with an effortless one-under-par 71 to claim her third Sunshine Ladies Tour title this season on four under 140.

Eaton signed off with a 74 to finish three strokes clear of Bonita Bredenhann from Namibia and fellow KZN golfer Tiffany Avern-Taplin, who shared third after respective rounds of 73 and 74.

Pace navigated her way to the turn with nine successive pars, and notched her first birdie at the par-four 10th. She boxed her only other gain at the par-four 15th and the six on her card at the 18th did little to detract from the Pearl Valley golfer's delight.

"It wasn't the ideal way to finish, but I always looked at making bogey after I hit it to the wrong side of the green," Pace said.

"It doesn't matter to me one bit. I wanted to get this one in the bag and it was great to get the job done. Nothing beats coming home and competing on home soil and I had a great time out there today with some of my family and friends in support."

The SA Women's Open Championship victory netted Pace 400 points and she earned 250 points for her SuperSport Ladies Challenge win last week.

Following the Ladies Tshwane Open triumph, Pace rose to third in the Chase to the 2015 Investec Cup for Ladies standings.

With 900 points in hand, the Pearl Valley golfer is within striking distance of Eaton, who leapfrogged three-time winner Stacy Bregman and leads with 1,021 points.

Final round scores from the Ladies Tshwane Open at Pretoria Country Club on Tuesday.


140 - Lee-Anne Pace 69 71
145 - Melissa Eaton 71 74
148 - Bonita Bredenhann (NAM) 75 73, Tiffany Avern-Taplin 74 74
149 - Lucy Williams (ENG) 79 70, Nicole Garcia 77 72
150 - Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ) 76 74
153 - Iliska Verwey 80 73, Natasha Carlsson AMA 79 74
154 - Monique Smit 80 74, Virginie Roques (FRA) 78 76
155 - Carrie Park AMA (KOR) 80 75, Monja Richards 76 79, Sarah Blythe-Wood AMA (ZIM) 74 81
156 - Kim Williams 81 75, Morgana Robbertze 76 80
157 - Kaleigh Telfer AMA 79 78, Frankie Bosman AMA 79 78
159 - Chevonne Botha 76 83
160 - Michelle Leigh 80 80, Shawnelle de Lange AMA 80 80, Chiara Contomathios AMA 81 79, Catherine Lau AMA 85 75
161 - Tandi von Ruben 79 82, Tijana Kraljevic 84 77
162 - Symone Henriques AMA 84 78
163 - Hermione Fitzgerald (IRL) 82 81, Larissa Du Preez AMA 83 80, Alana van Greuning 83 80, Demi Flanagan AMA 86 77
164 - Carmia van Wyk 85 79
165 - Mercedes Kreissel AMA 80 85
167 - Lizzie Currie AMA 83 84
172 - Anne Sophie Le Nalio (FRA) 87 85
175 - Lindi Coetzee AMA 87 88

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