Modelled on the men’s equivalent, the series, set to tee off in February, will consist of six qualifying events before the top 10 players on the Order of Merit compete in the final event, the Investec Cup for Ladies, with a prize of R300 000.
It is hoped this initiative will grow the women’s game locally and help those golfers looking to expand their careers to include appearances on the Ladies European Tour (LET) which is something that Lee-Ann Pace, above, feels is possible.
“I think it’s so wonderful how the Sunshine Tour and Investec are supporting women’s golf in South Africa. I can’t wait to come back and be a part of this. I think it will really help women’s golf in the long and short run and make it stronger,” Pace said in a video link.
“The biggest problem in the last five years has been that there simply weren’t enough tournaments to play in, therefore the transition from amateur golf to professional golf is very difficult.
“What the Chase to the Investec Cup will do is to build a platform and give girls a place to play and become strong golfers,” she added.
It’s a sentiment echoed by Margie Whitehouse, chairperson of the Women’s Professional Golf Association (WPGA).
“For the ladies to get in the LET is hard. When you’re not playing consistent professional golf it becomes that much harder,” Whitehouse said.