Excitement is building ahead of the inaugural Little Pace Challenge, which takes place at the pristine Pearl Valley Golf Club on Tuesday the 2nd of August.
Nestled in the beautiful Berg River Valley and flanked by the majestically imposing Simonsberg Mountains, the award winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course provides the perfect location for such a prestigious event.
In a historic moment for women’s golf in South Africa, decorated Major champion and former South African number one Sally Little has teamed up with current South African number one Lee-Ann Pace to host what will be an incredible feast of golf. Little and Pace will be joined at Pearl Valley by some of the greatest female golfing talents in South Africa.
“We’ve got a number of lady pros coming to play. We want to get our name out there, and this is the start of building the profile of women’s golf in this country,” said Michelle Leigh, a veteran of the women’s professional golf circuit in South Africa.
“When the invite came through it was very easy to accept, and it would have been silly to let an opportunity like this go. There are a lot of opportunities at an event like this in terms of networking and getting our name out there.”
The event offers a perfect start to Women’s month, celebrated in South Africa in August each year as a tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on the 9th of August 1956 to protest against the Pass Laws.
Little and Pace are two giants of golf, not just in South Africa, but on a global scale as well. Little claimed seventeen LPGA Tour victories including two Major championships over the course of a glittering professional career that spanned over three decades.
Pace is one of the modern greats. Having turned professional in 2005, the 35 year old – who calls the Pearl Valley Golf Estate her home – has won ten titles on the LPGA Tour. She most recently finished in a highly respectable share of 17th place at last weekend’s Ricoh Women’s British Open in Woburn.
“I’ve always looked up to Sally, and I was fortunate to play a round of golf with her at Sun City in February. She is such an inspiration. I’ve also played with Lee-Ann a few times, and when I look at them I know that’s exactly where I want to be. Events like this will help make sure that I get there one day,” said Leigh.
The Little Pace Challenge is a Unimedia Pro event that promises to be an unforgettable experience. The Challenge will bring together the most influential figures from both the corporate and the sporting sector, in a bid to increase exposure for the women’s game.