Lowveld Fairways for Stars of Swing

The Ladies African Tour (LAT) makes an historic move to Nelspruit for the start of the Pam Golding Ladies International tomorrow, and the tour’s penultimate event features a strong field with some forty international players competing for this week’s R300,000 prize fund.

Having had top ten finishes on the tour so far, defending champion South African Lee-Anne Pace is back to take on the challenge, and will be looking for her first 2008 tour win in competition with other notables, including local hero Laurette Maritz, and Norwegian duo Lill Kristin Saether and Marianne Skarpnord.

All eyes will be on England’s Rebecca Hudson, winner of the WPGA Masters, who finished sixth last week in Durban at the Acer Women’s SA Open. Hudson is the highest ranked Ladies European Tour player at 19th position on tour, and currently tops the local LAT’s Order of Merit.

Other contenders for this week’s title include South African Stacy Bregman, who was in fine form last week at the Acer Women’s SA Open and will be playing alongside Spain’s big hitter, Carmen Alonso, who joins the tour this week.

Runner-up at last week’s Open, France’s Anne-Lise Caudal, who just missed forcing a play-off last week against Julie Tvede from Denmark, will look to improve her finish this week, who will also be in the hunt for a second season victory on this year’s tour.

Amateurs are likely to present strong showings was in the tour’s two preceding events, chief among them a number of local golfers including Gina Switala, who won leading amateur title at the WPGA Masters two weeks ago. First round tees off at the Nelspruit Golf Club tomorrow at 11h00. Entrance is fee.

First Round Draw for the Pam Golding Ladies International, at the Nelspruit Golf Club (Par 72):
1st Tee:
11:00   Karin Borjeskog (SWE); Esther Strous (NETH)   
11:10   Stenna Westerlund (FIN); Monja Richards; Sohvi Harkonen (FIN)
11:20   Jillian Wyne (CAN); Margherita Rigon (ITA); Mercia Pretorius *
11:30   Caroline Afonso (FRA); Julie Berton (FRA) Nora Kagonyera (UGA)
11:40   Nora Angehrn (SWI); Johanna Westerberg (SWE); Gina Switala *
11:50   Emma Lyons (ENG); Crizelda van Niekerk; Biance Barnard *
12:00   Carmen Alonso (ESP); Zuzana Kamasova (SVK); Ashleigh Holmes *
12:10   Cecilie Lundgreen (NOR); Mandy Adamson; Bonita Bredenhann * (NA)
12:30   Laurette Maritz; Anna Temple (USA); Lee-Anne Pace
12:40   Stacy Bregman; Lill Kristin Saether (NOR); Julie Tvede (DEN)
12:50   Rebecca Hudson (ENG); Marianne Skarpnord (NOR); Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA)
10th Tee
11:00   Sandra Carlborg (SWE); Kelly Hutcherson (ENG) 
11:10   Jo Clingan (ENG); Hanna-Leena Salonen (FIN); Lise Botha
11:20   Kaisa Ruuttila (FIN); Alana van Greuning *; Ana Larraneta (ESP)
11:30   Frederique Seeholzer (SWI); Maria Boden (SWE); Stephanie Ruiz (USA)
11:40   Monique Kruijer *; Sandra Winter *; Maria Beautell (ESP)
11:50   Rose Naliaka (KEN); Mariette Language *; Caryn Louw
12:00   Antonella Cvitan (SWE); Florence Luscher (SWI); Lisa Holm Sorensen (DEN)
12:10   Emma Zackrisson (SWE); Kim Williams *; Nicole Carlse *
12:30   Morgana Robbertze; Sune du Plooy *; Anna Becker-Frankel (SWE)
12:40   Tandi von Ruben *; Michelle de Vries; Kirsty Fisher (ENG)


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