LAT Kicks Off in Joburg

Pam Golding Ladies International defending champion, South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace tees off with Ashleigh Simon and Rebecca Hudson in the WPGA Masters at the Parkview Golf Course on Wednesday morning.

Pam Golding Ladies International defending champion, South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace tees off with Ashleigh Simon and Rebecca Hudson in the WPGA Masters at the Parkview Golf Course on Wednesday morning.

The 2008 Ladies African Tour boasts a strong international compliment of professional players from more than eighteen countries, including thirty-five Ladies European Tour players such as Laurette Maritz and eighteen year old Ashleigh Simon, who represented South Africa at this year’s 2008 Women’s World Cup of Golf.

South Africa’s Tsebo Mokoena, having spent the last year in George working on her teaching professional status, returns to the tour as one of this season’s Rookies, while 2007 LAT champions back to defend their titles include South Africa’s very own Lee-Anne Pace winner of the Pam Golding Ladies International, and the Acer Women’s SA Open champion, Ashleigh Simon.

There are also more than thirty amateur entries this year, including the four top local junior stars: Dominique Jacobs (Western Province) Bertine Strauss (North West Province) Chloe Garner (Boland), and Hermine Greyling (Boland).

Meanwhile, Finland’s Kaisa Ruuttila is back in town to defend her title in the opening LAT event at the WPGA Masters at Parkview Golf Club this week, the first of four events on the tour.

The 24-year-old Ruuttila who claimed a seven under par victory at the WPGA Masters played at the Waterkloof Country Club last year, finished tenth on the 2007 LAT Order of Merit.

Having tied sixth at the 2007 Finair Masters, Ruuttila will be looking for a strong finish this week, as she takes on the likes of England’s Rebecca Hudson, the highest ranked LET player on this year’s local professional tour.

With 10 top ten finishes, Hudson finished in nineteenth position on the LET’s official money list, will be eager to notch up a further win since claiming victory at the 2006 Acer Women’s SA Open.

The stylish Swede Johanna Westerberg, who finished twenty second on the 2007 LET money list will no doubt turn a few heads with her elegant play.

Play gets under way at 07h00 on Wednesday for first round of the 2008 WPGA Masters at Parkview Golf Club, Johannesburg. Entrance is free.

2008 Ladies African Tour Schedule:
20-22 Feb 2008 (Wed-Fri): WPGA Masters (Parkview Golf Club)
28 Feb – 1 Mar 2008 (Thurs – Sat): Acer Women’s SA Open (Durban Country Club)
2 March (Sunday): Acer Women’s SA Open Pro-Am (Durban Country Club)
5 Mar 2008 (Wed): Pam Golding Lowveld International Pro-Am (Nelspruit Golf Club)
6-8 Mar 2008 (Thurs – Sat): Pam Golding Lowveld International (Nelspruit Golf Club)
11 Mar 2008 (Tue): Telkom Women’s Classic Pro-Am (Zwartkop Country Club)
12-14 Mar 2008 (Wed – Fri): Telkom Women’s Classic (Zwartkop Country Club)
WPGA Masters First Round Draw:
1st Tee
07:00 Modisha, Bella*; Temple, Anna (USA);
07:10 Smook, Zelda*; de Vries, Michelle; Sorensen, Lisa Holm (DEN)
07:20 Barnard, Biance*; Budhram, Yushire*; Du Plooy, Sune*
07:30 van Niekerk, Crizelda; Schonfeld, Jenna*; Lundgreen, Cecilie (NOR))
07:40 Matthysen, Ti*; Westerlund, Stenna (FIN); Wycherley, Jessica* (SCO)
07:50 Bredenhann, Bonita* (NA); Strauss, Bertine*; Holmes, Ashleigh*
08:00 Garcia, Nicole*; Mokoena, Tsebo Betty; Roos, Marne*
08:10 van Greuning, Alana*; von Ruben, Tandi*; Lyons, Emma, ((ENG))
08:30 Kamasova, Zuzana (SVK); Strous, Esther (NL); Becker, Nicole*
08:40 Boughan, Lameez*; Fisher, Kirsty ((ENG)); Kleinhaus, Madeleine*
08:50 Simon, Ashleigh; Pace, Lee-Anne; Hudson, Rebecca ((ENG))
09:00 Maritz, Laurette; Ruuttila, Kaisa (FIN); Tvede, Julie (DEN)
09:10 Angehrn, Nora ((SWI); Bregman, Stacy; Robbertze, Morgana
10th Tee
07:00 Joubert, Mareli*; Seeholzer, Frederique (SWI);
07:10 Grotepas, Odette*; Cvitan, Antonella (SWE); Richards, Monja
07:20 Ruiz, Stephanie (USA); Carlse, Nicole*; Frylinck, Henriette*
07:30 Williams, Kim*; Botha, Lise; Luscher, Florence (SWI)
07:40 Botha, Francis; Louw, Caryn; Miao, Sheila*(CN)
07:50 Wyne, Jillian (CAN); Harkonen, Sohvi (FIN); Saether, Lill Kristin (NOR)
08:00 Kagonyera, Nora (UGA); Hutcherson, Kelly (ENG); Clingan, Jo (ENG)
08:10 Koch, Santie; Du Toit, Amber*; Beautell, Maria (ESP)
08:30 Mafa, Emma*; Caudal, Anne-Lise (FRA); Switala, Gina*
08:40 Brookes, Kim*; Chen, Connie*; Weinstein, Lara*
08:50 Berton, Julie (FRA); Skarpnord, Marianne (NOR); Carlborg, Sandra (SWE)
09:00 Pretorius, Mercia*; Adamson, Mandy; Leigh, Michelle*
09:10 Kruijer, Monique*; Meyer, Jessica*; Becker-Frankel, Anna (SWE)
(*) Denotes Amateur
South African unless otherwise noted
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