The SA Women’s Masters returns to the 2017 Sunshine Ladies Tour schedule and will be contested at Rondebosch Golf Club from 19-21 January.
Tournament promotor Lesley Copeman of World Sports Promotions said the championship will have multi-pronged objectives to benefit the professionals, amateurs and the City of Cape Town.
“We are incredibly grateful to the City of Cape Town and Cape Town Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille in particular for helping us to put one of the most prestigious championships in women’s golf back on the annual golfing calendar,” said Copeman.
“It has always been our commitment to champion South Africa’s golfers and since we successfully reinstated the SA Women’s Open in 2012, we have worked tirelessly to revive the SA Women’s Masters.
“As the sponsor of the Cape Town Ladies Open since 2014, the City of Cape Town has been a key contributor in the resurgence of women’s professional golf in South Africa and we are extremely pleased to see that support extended to SA Women’s Masters.
“The 2017 championship will be the second event in the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies series and will carry a purse of R500,000, marking it as the richest event on the Sunshine Ladies Tour. We are also very excited to partner with the City of Cape Town to use this wonderful occasion to promote Cape Town as a premier golfing haven and top-class tourist destination.”
Two-time Major winner Sally Little lifted the inaugural title in 1996 and Ladies European Tour champion Rebecca Hudson – the winner in 2005 and 2008 – was one of five international champions. The Englishwoman will effectively return as the “defending champion” since she won the last championship held in 2008.
Ashleigh Simon became the only amateur winner of the SA Women’s Masters in 2006 and the two-time European Ladies Tour champion will also be lining up to join the title bid alongside world number 44 Lee-Anne Pace.
Selwyn Nathan, chief executive of the Sunshine Tour, said the SA Women’s Masters not only gives South Africa’s leading lights the opportunity to showcase their talents in the Mother City, but the championship also represents a wonderful opportunity for up-and-coming amateurs to gain invaluable competitive experience in an event of this stature.
“Not only is the SA Women’s Masters a magnificent addition to our schedule, but a prestigious event like this provides a fantastic opportunity for our rising stars to rub shoulders with top professional talent. I am also hopeful that in hosting this prestigious event in Cape Town, we are able to encourage a new wave of young talent in the region to take up the game. We congratulate the City of Cape Town and World Sports Promotion for collaborating to bring this esteemed championship back to life.”
Tournament Days Thursday, 19 to Saturday, 21 January 2017, Rondebosch Golf Club
Please note that entrance is free to all spectators
Official website: www.sawomensmasters.co.za
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