SA has a solid trio – Lee-Anne Pace, Nicole Garcia and Paula Reto – in the British Open
Competition will be extremely stiff when the world’s top female golfers tee off at the Women’s British Open, which starts on Thursday. The tournament is the fourth major on the US Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour and will be played at the Ailsa course, Trump Turnberry, in Scotland.
The event comes on the heels of the British Open Championship for men that came to an end at the famous Scottish golf course of St Andrews on Monday.
Some of the world’s best golfers will showcase their skills at the Open.
South Africa will be represented by three players in Lee-Anne Pace, Nicole Garcia and Paula Reto.
Pace, who is the country’s best female golfer, broke into the LPGA ranks early this year after a successful campaign at the Ladies European Tour circuit where she has won nine events.
Garcia and Reto will be trying to make a mark in the US league.
But it is Pace who is likely to make an impression in this competitive stage. She finished tied 43rd in the US Women’s Open played at Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania two weeks ago.
Pace said this week from Pennsylvania, where she is based, that she was looking forward to the British Open.
“I’ve trained very hard for this event and am looking forward to winning my first major in the LPGA,” said Pace.
“This won’t be an easy walk on the course because I will be playing against some of the best players in the world. I will give it my best shot.”
Pace, who is ranked 60th in the world, said playing alongside her compatriots, Garcia and Reto, would motivate her.
American Mo Martin will be defending her title following an impressive victory in the same event
CHAMP Mo Martin
will be defending her British Open title