“The talent of South African professional women golfers, playing locally and abroad is undeniable, and the platform that the Sunshine Ladies Tour has created provides the impetus to attract the world’s best to come play on home soil,” says Dhiren Mehta, co-founder of UniMedia Pro.
“The challenge, however, is how do we create a sustainable programme that will attract more international players to South Africa, lengthen the season for women’s professional golf and grow the number of regular tours at home. We need to ensure more South African ladies are afforded a greater chance to gain experience in playing at the highest level and achieving international acclaim, equally to give our aspiring young amateur lady golfers every reason to turn professional before they turn to other professions. says Mehta. These are the sentiments echoed by many lovers of the game in South Africa.
Connie Chen is an example of a talented young South African golfer, who guided by her father, is already making her presence felt internationally.
Hailing from Pretoria has already made her presence felt on the greens. She aced a hole-in-one at the par-3 15th during the third round of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters 2013, walking away with a stunning Mercedes E400. Chen flew a six-iron from 160-yards at the Majlis Golf Course to notch the second hole-in-one in the eight-year history of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.
In the previous year, Chen had a hole-in-one in Spain, but didn’t win a prize. A year later she went on to win the 2014 TENERIFE OPEN DE ESPANA FEMENINO. Of all the tournaments she has played in 2016, her best finish has been T13 at the 2016 XIAMEN INTERNATIONAL OPEN in China.
Connie Chen will fly the South African Flag at the Sanya Ladies Open alongside Nicole Garcia, Lejan Lewthwaite and Ashleigh Simon.