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.
Tuesday 16 November 2021 | Growing golf: Investec invests for a further four years
Longer format and handsome purse attracts more international talent
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 €280,000 (approximately R4.95-million). 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Mind the gap!
The economics of women's sport
‘Winning the 2019 SA Women's Masters as well as winning the Jacky Mercer Trophy for leading amateur.’ - Proudest moments in golf
Facebook: Leján Lewthwaite
‘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
‘Playing the US Open in my rookie year.’ - Proudest moment in golf
Facebook: Nicola Garcia
'Finishing 3rd in the 2014 U.S Open' - Biggest accomplishment to date
LinkedIn: stephanie meadow
Stephanie Meadow on representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympic Games
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!’