Cape Town - Three weeks into the sixth season of the Sunshine
Ladies Tour, the Investec South African Women’s Open is inching ever closer.
The flagship event, co-sanctioned with the Ladies European Tour, returns to
Westlake Golf Club in Cape Town from 14-16 March.
massive boost for women’s golf in South Africa, the winner this year stands to
receive far more than just the lion’s share of the R2-million purse.
Ladies European Tour (LET) event, the champion will be exempt on the LET for
the remainder of 2019. Victory also comes with starts in the final two Majors
of the year - the Women’s British Open at Woburn Golf and Country Club and
the Evian Championship at the Evian Resort in France.
such incentives on offer, competition is set to be fierce, and the winner will
have to hold off a strong field of local and international players.
half the field coming from the LET, golf fans can expect to see the likes of
Lee-Anne Pace and Becky Brewerton - both former LET Order of Merit winners - as well as past LET winners Astrid Vayson de
Pradenne and Florentyna Parker from France and England’s Meghan Maclaren in
champion Ashleigh Buhai flew to Australia after winning the season-opening
Canon Sunshine Ladies Tour Open. She tied for 11th in the LPGA Tour’s Vic Open
and was joint 15th in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open two weeks ago.
competing in the LET Australian Ladies Classic this week, trying to continue
building form for her title defence at Westlake.
always great to return to a tournament as the defending champion, especially
when it is played on the same course,” said Buhai. “I love the Westlake layout
and I can’t wait to defend my title.
played really nicely in the two LPGA Tour events and I’m happy that my game is
moving in the right direction. I’ve had some positive results after the work I
did at the start of the season and I am motivated for another good performance
year’s Order of Merit winner Stacy Bregman is also
lining up in the starting-field at the Bonville Golf Resort.
A fourth-place finish at Westlake last year clinched the Investec Property Fund Order of
Merit for the five-time Sunshine Ladies Tour winner and she showed some great
form at Irene, finishing second in the season-opener.
Investec Property Fund Order of Merit stretches over eight Sunshine Ladies Tour
events and is based on a points system.
overall winner at the conclusion of the season receives a bonus prize of
three placed professionals on the final Order of Merit
will gain automatic entry into the 2020 South African Women’s Open and
the champion will be granted a start in Ladies European Tour School Final Stage
in December 2019.
2019 champion will also receive an invitation to complete in one of the Ladies
European Tour premier events,” said LET chairperson Mark Lichtenhein.
“The South African Women’s Open holds an important place on the LET
calendar and our players are thrilled to be heading back to Westlake in the
wonderful City of Cape Town after such a fantastic South African
Women’s Open in 2018.
applaud the important sponsorship commitment from Investec Property and the
City of Cape Town, which empowers women’s golf and helps to elevate the game
and build champions. We look forward to collaborating with our friends at the
WPGA, Sunshine Ladies Tour and World Sports Promotions on another successful
free for all spectators attending the SA Women’s Open from March
14-16, 2019 at Westlake Golf Club.