South Africa is a sport loving country, and we love it when we see our sports men and women excel in their various sporting fields! While we may be familiar with the many talented male golfers we have, their female counterparts are equally impressive making their mark on both national and international golfing sphere. Here’s a list of amazing South African Female Golfers:
Below are 5 amazing South African Female Golfers that are truly talented:
1. Ashleigh Simon
Jo’burg born Ashleigh was just 12 years old when she won her first South African championship, six years before she turned professional. This lead to her being awarded the youngest ever, honorary life member at the Royal Johannesburg Kensington golf club.
Ashleigh continued to shine in the professional world braking records and making a name for herself as a real talent in the Women’s Professional Golf Association (WPGA).
2. Connie Chen
After being introduced to the game by her father, Connie Park has proven herself a capable golfer. Since turning pro in 2010, she has won many tournaments in South Africa and was able to make the cut seven times in the first year she entered the Ladies European Tour.
3. Monique Smit
Monique turned professional in 2012, but before that she was a championship-winning junior in various competitions around the country. Winning titles such as the Ernie Els Junior Tour in 2005, the KZN Junior Championship in 2007 and a two-time Gus Ackermann Champion for 2010 and 2011.
4. Iliska Verwey
2012 turned out to be a great year for Iliska. She turned pro and was named rookie of the year. Having started playing golf at 11 years old, the extreme sports enthusiast was even a South African matchplay champion in 2011. Iliska attended Georgia State University, where she was named rookie of the year, and holds the universities’ score record of 64 shots!
5. Lee-Anne Pace
The George resident attended both the University of Tulsa earning a degree in Psychology, and Murray State University in America. She later turned pro in 2005 and qualified for the LPGA in 2007. In 2011, Lee-Anne played in 21 Ladies European Tour competitions and recorded a fantastic nine top-10 finishes.
Go South African women golfers!