Africa has more than 900 golf courses spread over 50 countries with South Africa boasting just over 500. The top 10 golf courses distribution around the continent: RSA 512 courses, Nigeria 52, Kenya 4141, Zimbabwe 39, Morocco 36, Egypt 25, Uganda 16, and Ghana 16
Morocco is the only nation on the African continent that hosts both professional men and ladies tournaments separately in the same city in the same week. At one of their tournaments, the Lalla Meryam Cup they have 124 of the leading women international pro’s playing from 23 countries for a purse of 450 000 Euros.
Then there is the Lalla Aicha Tour pre-qualifier A and pre-qualifier B and Final qualifier all happens in Morocco at 3 different times of the year.
The top 30 players at the Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Qualifying earn their Ladies European Tour (LET) membership in category 8 and from position 31st – 60th in category 9B for 2017. This is the first step to new emerging pros to earn off this sport whilst representing their countries.
Astonishingly Lejan Lewthwaite is only player of Africa in the Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Stage
Lejan Lewthwaite recently played in the PinkStig Invitational at Sun City after returning from a successful tour in China, the Sanya Ladies Open, where she finished T28 earning her first paycheck on the LET. Then she finished second at the PinkStig Invitational and earlier this year first place at The Little Pace Challenge, which took place on the 2nd August celebrating Women’s month. On the 9th December she played the Lalla Aicha Pre-qualifier B in Morocco where she finished T19 to make it into the final qualifying.
In her recent interview at the PinkStig Invitational presented by UniMedia on the 28 November, she highlighted her parents support as her pivotal driving force. Second was meeting and playing with Sally Little (SA golf Legend) and Lee-Anne Pace, (SA current champion) and leading pro golfer on the LPGA and Let Tour further captivated and affirmed her belief in becoming a leading pro golfer in Africa.
In 2015/16 she finished 18th on the Sunshine Ladies Tour order of merit with second on the SA Women’s Open 2015. She is particularly motivated by Sally Little’s saying: “To compete more is to succeed more”.
With UniMedia’s vision of including an additional four events to the south African pro tour for the ladies, Lejan is all set to have a ground breaking season.
After round One in the Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Stage Morocco, Lejan is only 4 shots off the leading top 10 players and all to play for!