Stacey and Gina in SA Open Chase

Lee-Anne Pace will be looking to build on her first-round advantage at last week’s WPGA, in the Acer Women’s SA Open. Picture courtesy LAT

Lee-Anne Pace will be looking to build on her first-round advantage at last week’s WPGA, in the Acer Women’s SA Open. Picture courtesy LAT

SA Open Ashleigh Simon won’t be defending her due to a clash with the LPGA’s HSBC Women’s Champion that also starts on Thursday in Singapore, after making South African golf history last year when she won the Acer Women’s South African Open for the second time in her career.

Simon will be playing alongside world number one Mexico’s Lorena Ochoa and other world-class players including Annika Sorenstam and Paula Creamer, while England’s Rebecca Hudson, winner of last week’s WPGA Masters, will be looking for yet another Ladies African Tour (LAT) title at the Durban Country Club on Thursday.

Hudson ranked 19th on the Ladies European Tour, won the 2006 Open, and finished 5th last year carding a total score of 215, -4 under par. Also playing for a share in this week’s prize fund of R285,000 is American Anna Temple, who featured in the playoff against Hudson in last week’s WPGA Masters.

Leader of the 2007 LAT’s Order of Merit, and last year’s runner up, South Africa’s Stacey Bregman will be looking for her first season win. As will fellow South African Laurette Maritz, who shot the best round, a 68 on the final day last year.

Newcomers to this season’s tour, includes Swedes Cecilia Ekelundh, and Johanna Westerberg who finished 22nd on the Ladies European Tour.

Amongst the seventy three strong field, twenty nine amateurs have entered for tomorrows start including leading amateur on the Tour, Gauteng’s Gina Switala, who finished 6th overall in last week’s WPGA Masters.

With fair weather conditions predicted for the rest of this week’s tournament, the stage is set for an exciting week of competition for the second event on the LAT as play gets underway from 07h00 at the Durban Country Club. Entrance is free.

First Round Draw for the Acer Women’s SA Open, at the Durban Country Club (Par 73):
1st Tee:
07:00 Zuzana Kamasova (SVK); Nicole Garcia*; Michelle de Vries
07:10 Talia Nel*; Stenna Westerlund (FIN), Nora Kagonyera (UGA)
07:20 Frederique Seeholzer (SWI); Bonita Bredenhann* (NA); Tandi von Ruben*
07:30 Kaisa Ruuttila (FIN); Mercia Pretorius*; Stephanie Ruiz (USA)
07:40 Sarah Faller* (IRE); Elsabe Hefer; Kirsty Fisher (ENG)
07:50 Cecilia Ekelundh (SWE); Florence Luscher (SWI); Rose Naliaka (KEN)
08:00 Michelle Leigh*; Cecilie Lundgreen (NOR); Hermine Greyling*
08:20 Julie Tvede (DEN); Sohvi Harkonen (FIN); Henriette Frylinck*
08:30 Emma Lyons (ENG); Antonella Cvitan; (SWE); Monique Smit*
08:40 Odette Grotepas*; Enge Knoetze*; Jillian Wyne (CAN)
08:50 Stacy Bregman; Lee-Anne Pace; Laurette Maritz
09:00 Anna Temple (USA); Rebecca Hudson (ENG); Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
09:10 Lill Kristin Saether (NOR); Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA), Gina Switala*
10th Tee:
07:10 Nora Angehrn (SWI); Crizelda van Niekerk; Tsebo Betty Mokoena
07:20 Mandy Adamson; Sandra Winter*; Julie Berton (FRA)
07:30 Alana van Greuning*; Nicole Becker*; Maria Beautell (ESP)
07:40 Siviwe Duma*; Pam Hayward*; Nicole Carlse*
07:50 Lara Weinstein; Marne Roos*; Amy French (AUS)
08:00 Lisa Holm Sorensen (DEN); Caryn Louw; Karin Borjeskog (SWE)
08:10 Monique Kruijer*; Esther Strous; Esther (NETH), Kim Williams*
08:30 Johanna Westerberg (SWE); Jessica Wycherley* (SCO), Connie Chen*
08:40 Lise Botha; Morgana Robbertze; Ashleigh Holmes*
08:50 Jenna Schonfeld*; Sandra Carlborg (SWE); Biance Barnard*
09:00 Kelly Hutcherson (ENG); Jo Clingan (ENG); Sune du Plooy*
09:10 Emma Zackrisson (SWE); Maria Boden (SWE); Bertine Strauss*
(*) Amateur
South African unless otherwise denoted


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