SA fe­male trio try their hand in US

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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

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