Lee Ann Pace is from Paarl in the Western Cape. She attended the University of Tulsa and attained a degree in psychology. Lee Ann believes her parents cultivated her interest in golf during her formative years.
She credits her two coaches James Petts and Val Holland as her key influences in golf and fellow South African, Ernie Els as her favourite golfer. A course that remains close to her heart is her resident playing grounds, the Pearl Valley Country Estate.
The 35-year-old golfer turned professional in 2005 and has been voted the WPGA (female) Golfer of the Year for four straight years (2009-2013). 2013 continued to be an extraordinary year, as Lee Ann became the first female golfer to win outright the prestigious Golfer of the Year in South Africa.
Lee Ann believes that the pressures of the game are something you get used to. You just have to channel that pressure in the right direction.
The Sunshine Ladies Tour website makes reference to an interview with Pace where she succinctly illustrates her feelings about her role in the golfing world and what golf means to women in particular. “The Sunshine Ladies Tour allowed us to keep competitive for the Ladies European Tour, to compete on home soil in front of friends and family and to inspire the next generation. We are incredibly excited to have a Tour at home again and to come home and support the WPGA.”
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