PinkStig ‘A Rising Tide’

The PinkStig Dream Team has earned close to R301 271 over the last four weeks on the Sunshine Ladies Tour, with PinkStig Pro’s Carrie Park lying third and Kiran Matharu  in the lead on the Order of Merit Chase to Investic Cup.

Michelle Leigh and Ivanna Samu are sitting nicely in the top 20 and showing the skill and drive to earn for themselves a couple of top 5 results, and possibly a podium finish, with six events left on the Sunshine Ladies Tour. Tijana Kraljevic had been working on her swing and as a result, has not come home with the results she would have liked. When asked about her progress, she simply responds, “come and watch”.

Women’s professional golf is strong gaining traction from the various corporate sectors in South Africa and the narrative of women’s golf is very much the conversation in the boardrooms. 

Maria Verchenova
Maria Verchenova

Although one would argue that women’s professional golf is light years behind mens in status, revenue and return on investment, the determination to fast track its agenda is driven by more than just golf executives and directors. The 2016 Olympics and the finals of the women’s golf tournament in particular, has changed perceptions and have left some strong opposition voiceless. What actually happened there on the final day  is worth revisiting. 

  • America Stacy Lewis  fired a loosing round 66 and birdied 16 and 17 before leaving a final birdie try, hanging on the lip at the 18th. 
  •  Positions 1st to 6th place  were players from South Korea, China and Japan with Lydia Ko (silver) a Korean born New Zealander taking silver. Total Asian women’s golfers domination.
  • Russia’s Maria Verchenova set a new Olympic record with her 9- under 62 on the final day, beating Marcus Fraser, Match Kuchar and Stacy Lewis who shared the previous mark of 63. Verchenova made eight birdies, two bogeys and a HOLE IN ONE at the par 3 fourth hole.
  • But the moment belonged to South Korean, seven time major winner and former world number one Inbee Park when she played a final round of 5-under 66 and winning the first golf medal ever awarded for women’s golf.

Not shabby  results and stats achieved by the ladies who made it to the Olympics unhindered by all the health scares through the media. It’s a known fact, that subsequent to the Olympics, none of the women’s golfers had experienced any form of deterioration of health or contracted any kind of disease. 

Geoff Ogilvy and his family
Geoff Ogilvy and his family

Geoff Ogilvy writes in a column which was published on golfaustralia.com.au. admitting to quite a handful of points between men’s and women’s golf. He says: ” I’m always excited to see a woman golfer who impresses me, one who hits the ball with the right spin – which is hard to do with a lower swing speed – and flight.”  He further  remarks: ” I especially like to see them hit shots with hybrids. It’s a joke how talented they are with those clubs.” and I’m actually prepared to believe that Lydia Ko is better than the vast majority of male pros from, say, 200-yards out. She is ridiculously good. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that the top women players consistently hit closer to where they are aiming than do the top guys.”

There is so much areas of women’s golf that are unspoken of and brushed casually aside and let alone their individual plight to become a pro golfer,the support required and creating a competitive environment within which to grow a crop of winners, but that’s for the next piece.

Zahira Hansa CEO UniMedia / PinkStig (left) and Selwyn Nathan Sunshine Tour Chief Executive (right)

UniMedia is excited with the signing of its promotor’s agreement with the Sunshine Ladies Tour  and the undertaking to extend the SA women’s golf season by four more events, THE  PINKSTIG SERIES’ Sunshine Tour chief executive Selwyn Nathan expressed his excitement and added: “The collobartion with UNiMedia PinkStig comes at an opportune time as we continue to reinforce the continued growth and expansion of the Sunshine Ladies Tour in our fourth season”.

Zahira Hansa, CEO and co-founder of UniMedia stated: “We are proud to be associated with the Sunshine Ladies Tour and look forward to raising the stakes of ladies professional golf through our PinkStig series. We are grateful to all our partners and sponsors that have walked this journey with us.”

Next Sunshine Ladies Tour event:

07/02/17 Cape Town Ladies Open Royal Cape Golf Club – Ladies

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