We're the title sponsor of the Investec South African Women's Open, the Investec Order of Merit, and the new 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.
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!’
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.
Longer format and handsome purse attracts more international talent
The Investec South African Women’s Open was once again co-sanctioned with the Ladies European Tour, and for the first time on the Sunshine Ladies Tour, the tournament was decided over 72 holes.
The event was the season opener for the Ladies European Tour and the Sunshine Ladies Tour season finale. The field comprised of 120 lady professional golfers.
The flagship event of the tour carried a prize fund of €200,000 (approximately R3.6-million), and a tournament winners category exemption for the remainder of the 2021 and 2022 Ladies European Tour season.
"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
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.
Investec Order of Merit
Over and above the substantial prize money on offer through the Investec South African Women's Open and the new Homegrown Award, there's an additional opportunity to walk away with R100,000 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 2021 Investec South African Women’s Open.
In order to qualify for the Order of Merit bonus prize, players must have competed in at least three events in the 2021 Sunshine Ladies Tour season.
The Investec Homegrown Award
This year Investec is getting behind local talent with the new Homegrown Award. It will see a South African winner of the Investec South African Women’s Open, take home an additional R100,000.
“As a partner and sponsor, Investec has made an immeasurable contribution to the Sunshine Ladies Tour since the circuit launched in 2014 and has consistently upped the ante with additional incentives to promote the development of women’s professional golf in our country,” commented Sunshine Ladies Tour General Manager Pauli van Meersbergen.
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