Cape Town - The Sunshine Ladies Tour and the Women's PGA of South
Africa (WPGA) announced on Monday that the South African Women's Open
will be jointly co-sanctioned between the Sunshine Ladies Tour, WPGA and the
Ladies European Tour (LET).
delighted to announce that the LET will be a full co-sanctioning partner to
this year's South African Women's Open," said Sunshine Tour Chief
Executive Selwyn Nathan.
"The Sunshine Ladies Tour and the WPGA are extremely
excited to welcome back the LET for the first time since the 2014 SA Women's
partnership is a huge step forward in restoring the status and prestige
befitting our national championship. Partnering with the LET also provides the
opportunity to improve the strength of the field through the greater depth of
international players currently competing on the Ladies European Tour."
full co-sanction, the field for the SA Women's Open
will include 60 spots for members of the LET.
The prize money earned in the
prestigious championship will count towards both the Property Fund
Order of Merit and the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit.
title sponsor Investec boosted the prize money to R2 million, which makes it
the largest purse on offer since the Sunshine Ladies Tour launched in 2014.
absolutely delighted with the confirmation from the LET," said Danni Dixon,
head of Marketing for Investec Property. "Following our initial investment in
the Sunshine Ladies Tour to aid the promotion and growth of South African
women's golf, both locally and internationally, we decided to take up the title
sponsorship of the South African Women's Open this year.
tournament will mark the Ladies European Tour's first visit to South Africa
since 2014, when three-time champion Lee-Anne Pace from South Africa prevailed
in a play-off against Holly Clyburn from England to lift her first of three
titles at San Lameer Country Club in KwaZulu-Natal.
is delighted to co-sanction the Investec South African Women's
Open with the Sunshine Ladies Tour and the WPGA," said the LET
chairperson, Mark Lichtenhein.
Africa is a proud sporting nation which has produced some of the world's
leading golfers and we would like to say a huge thank you to the Sunshine
Ladies Tour for welcoming our international competitors.
terms of a tournament venue, we could not ask for more. Atlantic Beach Country
Club is one of the finest and most picturesque courses in South Africa and
previously hosted qualifying for The Open Championship in 2004 and 2005.
excited to bring our international players to compete alongside South Africa's
local talents and we look forward to the renewal of our partnership."
The SA Women's Open will be contested at the picturesque and
challenging links layout of Atlantic Beach Country Club from March 8-10 in Cape Town.