Investec Women's Golf

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Golfers on the rise
We're the title sponsor of the Investec South African Women's Open, the Investec Order of Merit, and Investec Homegrown Award. We've backed many women on their rise to the top, and currently sponsor South African players Lejan Lewthwaite, Nicole Garcia, and Stacy Bregman. We also sponsor Irish player Stephanie Meadow. 

Media Release

Tuesday 16 November 2021 | Growing golf: Investec invests for a further four years
Watch our pros' display of physicality and determination... levelling the playing field for the next generation of women. 
Watch our pros' display of physicality and determination... levelling the playing field for the next generation of women. 

Sunshine Ladies Tour schedule

Date Tournament Closing Date Venue Pro-Am Prize Money
February
2 - 4 SunBet Cape Town Ladies Open*** 19 Jan Royal Cape Golf Club Tue, 1 Feb R400,000
11 - 13 Dimension Data Ladies Pro-Am* 28 Jan George Golf Club and Fancourt Outeniqua 11 - 13 Feb (Fri, Sat, Sun) R600,000 prize fund & R100,000 pro-am prize fund
16 - 18 SuperSport Ladies Challenge presented by Sun International*** 2 Feb Gary Player CC Tue, 15 Feb R1,300,000
23 - 25 Jabra Ladies Classic*** 9 Feb Glendower Golf Club Tue, 22 Feb R1,000,000
March
16 - 18 New event*** 2 Mar TBC Tue, 15 Mar TBC
24 - 26 ++Joburg Ladies Open*** 10 Mar TBC Wed, 23 Mar €250,000
30 Mar - 2 Apr ++Investec South African Women's Open*** (Pre-qualifier - Monday, 28 Mar) 16 Mar Steenberg Golf Club Tue, 29 Mar €290,000 prize fund & R200,000 bonus to the Investec OoM winner & R100,000 to a SA born winner

Denotes

* Inside Tournament Pro-Am

** One round Inside Tournament Pro-Am

*** Pre-tournament Pro-Am

++ LET co-sanctioned

+++ Limited field event

Whilst every consideration is taken into account regarding details of events, the Sunshine Ladies Tour reserves the right to change dates, venues, prize money or any other aspect of an announced event at short notice. In this exceptional circumstance, players are reminded that they will not be compensated for any inconvenience.

Ladies European Tour schedule

10 - 13 Feb Magical Kenia Ladies Open
17 - 19 Mar Aramco Team Series - Asia
24 - 26 Mar Joburg Ladies Open
30 Mar - 2 Apr Investec South African Women's Open
21 - 24 Apr Australian Ladies Classic Bonville
28 Apr - 1 May Women's NSW Open
5 - 8 May Madrid Ladies Open
19 - 21 May Jabra Ladies Open
27 - 29 May The Mithra Belgian Ladies Open
9 - 12 June Scandinavian Mixed - Hosted by Henrik and Annika

Longer format and handsome purse attracts more international talent

€290,000
Investec SA Women's Open prize money
72 holes
New tournament format

The Investec South African Women’s Open is once again co-sanctioned with the Ladies European Tour, and the tournament will be decided over 72 holes.

The event is the Sunshine Ladies Tour season finale.  The field comprises of 120 lady professional golfers.

The flagship event of the tour will carry a prize fund of €290,000 (approximately R5.2million). The champion will earn a Tournament Winner’s Category Exemption on the Ladies European Tour and Sunshine Ladies Tour for the remainder of the 2022 and the 2023 season.

R200,000
Investec Order of Merit prize money
Investec Order of Merit

Over and above the substantial prize money on offer through the Investec South African Women's Open and the Investec Homegrown Award, there's an additional opportunity to walk away with R200,000 through the Investec Order of Merit.

The Investec Order of Merit is based on a points system, and the top three placed professionals on the final Investec Order of Merit will gain automatic entry into the 2023 Investec South African Women’s Open. 

In order to qualify for the Investec Order of Merit bonus prize, players must have competed in at least four events in the 2022 Sunshine Ladies Tour season.

R100,000
Additional prize money for local talent
The Investec Homegrown Award

Investec continues to support local talent with the Homegrown Award, which was first introduced in the 2021 season. It rewards a South African winner of the Investec South African Women’s Open with an additional prize of R100,000.

"We strive to create opportunities that develop women’s sport in SA and are proud of how The Sunshine Ladies Tour has grown. The increase in international participation speaks volumes of the high standard of competition." 

Peta Dixon, Head of Sponsorships, Investec 

Investec South African Women's Open 2021

It's all about the Pace

Lee-Anne Pace was the home heroine once again as she clinched a record fourth Investec South African Women’s Open title, carding a final round of 72 for a one-shot win over Germany’s Leonie Harm. 

A jubilant Lee-Anne Pace juggling the Investec South African Women's Open trophy, the Investec Order of Merit award and the new Investec Homegrown Award. 

Lee-Anne Pace with three trophies

There was a lot on the line for Pace, who not only walked away with the lion share of the €200,000 Investec South African Women’s Open purse and the Investec Order of Merit title, worth R100,000. But also pocketed R100,000 as the first South African winner of the brand-new Investec Homegrown Award.

On top of this, Pace’s triumph at Westlake shot her to the top of the 2021 LET Race to Costa del Sol and earned her the first of four spots into the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open.

US Open Qualifier sees SA dominance

US open qualifiers
Congratulations to Lee-Anne Pace, Leonie Harm, Investec sponsored Nicole Garcia, and Karolin Lampert, earning the 4 qualifying places for the 76th US Women’s Open in June.
Watch the 2021 Highlights

Wind, rain and Covid bubbles didn’t dampen the spirit at Westlake Golf Club. Catch the best moments and players’ comments from the Investec South African Women’s Open.

SA Women’s Open past winners

  • SA Women’s Open since 1988

    YEAR WINNER NATIONALITY COURSE TOTAL ENTRIES INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES
    2021 Lee-Anne Pace South Africa Westlake Golf Club 114 83
    2020 Alison Hewes England Westlake Golf Club 132 106
    2019 Diksha Dagar India Westlake Golf Club 126 93
    2018 Ashleigh Buhai South Africa Westlake Golf Club 122 87
    2017 Lee-Anne Pace South Africa San Lameer Country Club 62 21
    2016 NO EVENT        
    2015 Lee-Anne Pace South Africa San Lameer Country Club 44 7
    2014 Lee-Anne Pace South Africa San Lameer Country Club 120 84
    2013 Marianne Skarpnord Norway Southbroom Golf Club 108 77
    2012 Caroline Masson Germany Selborne Park Golf Club 84 54
    2011 NO EVENT        
    2010 NO EVENT        
    2009 Tandi Cunningham South Africa Parkview Golf Club    
    2008 Julie Tvede Denmark Durban Country Club    
    2007 Ashleigh Simon South Africa Durban Country Club    
    2006 Rebecca Hudson United Kingdom Durban Country Club    
    2005 Maria Boden Sweden Royal Johannesburg    
    2004 Ashleigh Simon South Africa Royal Johannesburg    
    2003 Helena Svenson Sweden Royal Johannesburg    
    2002 Mandy Adamson South Africa Devonvale Golf Club    
    2001 Vanessa Smith South Africa Devonvale Golf Club     
    2000 Claire Duffy United Kingdom Rondebosch Golf Club    
    1999 Barbara Pestana South Africa Rondebosch Golf Club    
    1998 Barbara Pestana South Africa Kyalami Golf Club    
    1997 Mandy Adamson South Africa Kyalami Golf Club    
    1996 Laurette Maritz South Africa Kyalami Golf Club    
    1995 Mandy Adamson South Africa Observatory Golf Club    
    1994 NO EVENT        
    1993 NO EVENT        
    1992 NO EVENT        
    1991 Brenda Lunsford United States of America Germiston Country Club    
    1990 Brenda Lunsford United States of America Germiston Country Club    
    1989 Laurette Maritz  South Africa Germiston Country Club    
    1988 Elizabeth Glass Zimbabwe Germiston Country Club    

Mind the gap!

The economics of women's sport

Investec sponsored players 

  • Lejan Lewthwaite

    ‘Winning the 2019 SA Women's Masters as well as winning the Jacky Mercer Trophy for leading amateur.’  - Proudest moments in golf

    Twitter: @LejanL0212
    Instagram: @Lejanl02
    Facebook: Leján Lewthwaite

    Stacy Bregman

    ‘Winning world Amateur in 2006, winning 5 times on the sunshine ladies tour, finishing 12th on the order of merit in Europe 2015 - Proudest moment in golf

    Twitter: @stacybregman
    Instagram: @stacybregman

    Nicole Garcia

    ‘Playing the US Open in my rookie year.’ - Proudest moment in golf
     
    Twitter: @Nicole_Garcia72
    Instagram: @nicolegarcia72
    Facebook: Nicola Garcia

    Stephanie Meadow

    'Finishing 3rd in the 2014 U.S Open' - Biggest accomplishment to date

    Instagram:  @stephmeadow20
    Facebook: @stephaniemeadowgolf
    LinkedIn: stephanie meadow 

     

Stephanie Meadow on representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympic Games

Stephanie Meadow
This is Stephanie’s second time at the Olympics, having represented Ireland in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

Stephanie commented: "Representing Ireland for the second time in the Olympics is unbelievable! There is nothing like representing your country at the highest level. It was one of my biggest goals since Rio to get to Tokyo and I’m so happy I did. I am really looking forward to getting there and hopefully I can make Ireland very proud with a medal".

Michael Cullen, Investec Europe’s CEO, said: ‘We are delighted that our Ambassador Stephanie Meadow will be representing Ireland at the Olympics. It is such a great honour for all our athletes to get to Tokyo and a great reward for the dedication they have all shown to their sports. Beir bua agus beannacht!’


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