SA female trio try their hand in US
Three South African golfers – LeeAnne Pace, Ashleigh Simon and Paula Reto – are enjoying the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour stage, but the going will soon get tough as they have yet to win in the US. Pace (33) was the only player to win three titles in the Ladies European Tour (LET) last year – taking her career total to eight wins. Having turned professional in 2005, she played in the secondtier Duramed Futures Tour in the US in 2006 before qualifying to campaign in the LPGA Tour for 2007 at the qualifying school.
Having lost her card in the US at the end of 2007, Pace qualified for the European Tour for 2008 via a qualifying school. She made her breakthrough in 2010 with five wins in the LET. She is yet to win on the US stage, having earned her LPGA Tour card for this year at the school in December.
Simon (25) won the 2007 Catalonia Ladies Masters in Spain, which was her third event as a professional. She became the youngest professional winner on the LET at the tender age of 18.
But she has not yet captured any titles in the US.
Reto (24) has also not had a big win, but has made her presence felt in the LPGA by finishing tied 71 at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Ontario, Canada, in June.
AMBITIOUS Paula Reto
YOUNG WINNER Ashleigh Simon
TALENTED Lee-Anne Pace