With the course at Sun City being cleared and the dust hardly settled after the Nedbank Golf Challenge, the Sun PinkStig steps up for its finale event and host to some of South Africa’s most aspirational and passionate women pro golfers.
PinkStig, a fresh and new women’s golfing movement and brand will play host to 24 lady Pro’s and 11 top ranking amateurs at the famous Gary Player and the Lost City golf courses. This is indeed a very special occasion as the PINKSTIG now anchors itself side by side to the Sunshine Ladies Tour on the golfing calendar for women in South Africa.
With a purse money of R250 000 to play for, the opportunity presents a platform to fast track the narrative and debate around women’s professional golf with the aim to provide more SA champions on the international circuit. On the recent Asian Tours, we are currently seeing SA champions Lee-Anne Pace , Ashley Buhai and Nicole Garcia lead newcomers such as Lejan Lewthwaite and Connie Chen break onto the international scene with much hope to continuously fly SA’s flag to match the recent victory on the Nedbank Golf Challenge of Brandon Grace. A South African golfer with a South African caddy Zack Rasego, the case of breeding home-grown talent.
This visionary platform created by UniMedia will see a robust convergence of women golfers onto world class golf courses in South Africa, to further showcase the talent SA has and to break the stereotype of golf being an elitist game.
Already, we have the likes of Bonita Bredenhann of Namibia, Nobuhle Dlamini of Swaziland who came in 2nd at the recent Sun PinkStig Series event held at Parkview GC, Lesley Grandet of Madagascar and Flavio Namakula of Uganda playing at the PinkStig finale, allowing a good representation of golf in Africa.
UniMedia, disrupting this space of women’s golf is set to expand golf’s footprint to attract more tournaments from and into Africa. In the words of Bella Modisha, an experienced PGA Pro and coaches at Observatory Golf Course in Johannesburg….’there is a career for women in golf”
After Nobuhle Dlamini’s classy and impressive second placed finish at the first leg of the Pinkstig tournament she reiterated: ‘’Golf is open to everyone, if you work hard, the sponsors will come” This on the eve of her departure to Q school to qualify for the Ladies European Tour, hence she misses the finale leg.
We also have the Duma sisters travelling by car from East London to yet again play the finale leg. Yolande the stronger player of the two, says she is ready and up to the challenge as she too had a strong finish at the Parkview first round of the PinkStig in October.
Sponsors Sun International and luxury Italian car brand, Maserati see the value and potential in the relationship of the sport and the brand appeal to the viewer.
The appeal is for sponsors to come and experience playing with a pro golfer at their preliminary Pro-AM on the 4th – 5th December with the 6th reserved for the pro players only. With huge coverage from all the local media hubs, we urge the public to get behind the players and get to know this beautiful game of golf!
The professionals players include;
Kim Williams, Leslie Grandet (Madgascar), Caryn Louw, Morgana Robbertze, Tijana Kraljevic, Mae Cornforth, Michelle de Vries, Bonita Bredenhann (Namibia), Ivanna Samu, Alet De Lange, Michelle Leigh, Tandi McCallum, Chiara Contomathios, Monique Smit , Bella Modisha, Monya Richards, Melissa Eaton, Mandy Adamson, Lara Weinstein, Shawnelle de Lange, Crizelda van Niekerk , Flavia (Uganda) Namakula, Yolanda Duma and Siviwe Duma.
The amateur players include;
Lindi Coetzee, Lynette Fourie, Alisa Rich, Kim de Klerk, lenanda van der Watt, Zethu Myeki, Kelsey Nicholas, Catherine Lau, Sarah Bouch, Larissa Du Preez and Eleonora Galletti
Coverage of the event will be on Sun International Golf, SuperSport, SABC, eNCA, ANN7, Kwesa, Sowetan live, KhayaFM, SAFM, PowerFM, Radio 702 and UniMedia online.