In 2013 South African Lee-Anne Pace returned to the summit of European women’s golf when she won the Sanya Ladies Open in China, which was also their inaugural event. She shot a six-under-par 66 to beat rookie Yu Yang Zhang with a birdie on the first play-off hole.
With her fourth victory of the season, she moved to first place on the Ladies European Tour’s Henderson Money List ahead of England’s Laura Davies.
Lee-Anne Pace’s reply at the time clearly demonstrates just what the victory meant to her: “I can’t believe it. I’m a little bit overwhelmed. I didn’t quite expect to win today but I wanted to get a little bit of a chase, which I did, so I’m just over the moon,”.
Lee-Anne Pace had already claimed the Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open, S4C Wales Ladies Championship of Europe and Finnair Masters that year.
“These are some of the great moments played out by South African women’s golfers abroad and much of it lays in the archives of media and sport agencies, when it should in fact be part of our current narrative to popularize women’s professional golf and use that as a tool to attract more players to this beautiful sport.” says Zahira Hansa, CEO of Unimedia.
Fast forward to 2017 and we have another South African talent to follow at the Sanya Ladies Tour……Lejan Lewthwaite ‘Follow Through’