Little Pace Challenge makes dream debut

The inaugural Little Pace Challenge took place at the immaculate Pearl Valley Golf Club on Tuesday the 2nd of August.

A stunning winters day in the Franschoek Valley offered perfect golfing conditions. With the sun shining and a gentle breeze drifting across the Jack Nicklaus designed course, a star studded field of golfers excitedly assembled at the clubhouse in anticipation of a fantastic day of golfing fun.

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“We’ve been so blessed to have such great weather at a truly glorious location. Everything went so well, and we’ve had incredible support from all the participants for the Pink Stig and Adopt-a-Pro initiatives,” said Dhiren Mehta, founder of tournament organisers UniMedia Pro.

Hosted by golfing greats Sally Little and Lee-Ann Pace, the aim of the Little Pace Challenge was to raise the profile of women’s golf in South Africa through the coming together of the biggest names in sport and business.

For too long, women’s golf in South Africa has lagged behind the men’s game in terms of funding, sponsorship and exposure. But UniMedia Pro hopes to change that through introducing ventures such as the Little Pace Challenge and the Pink Stig Invitational.

“We started this initiative 18 months ago when Gary Player introduced Sally and I at the Gary Player Invitational at Sun City. We had an amazing conversation, at the end of which I told her that her story is one that needs to be told. This Women’s month we’ll be launching her book, and her documentary goes live on SuperSport. So we’re glad to be able to tell Sally’s story, and the story of women’s golf in South Africa,” continued Mehta.

The visionary businessman wants to revolutionise women’s golf in South Africa, and has set his sights on a number of lofty targets. After such an incredible opening event that exceeded every expectation, Mehta believes the only way is up.

“I’m confident that by 2018 we’ll make sure that there are at least 16 pro-am tournaments in South Africa for women. This is only the start.”

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