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After her recent epic victories at the Cell C SA Women’s Open at the San Lameer Country Club, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Blue Bay LPGA in Hainan, China, South Africa’s top women’s golfer Lee-Anne Pace is back in South Africa and is geared up for the inaugural First-Pace Golf Day for Girls.

The development initiative is scheduled for 11 November 2014 at the Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate near Franschhoek.

First Car Rental and Lee-Anne Pace, who is now ranked 29th in the world, are collaborating with big names and brands in golf to hold a talent-spotting event for young girls who attend schools near the award-winning course.

The First-Pace Golf Day for Girls was originally set to happen in May this year, but was postponed after the announcement that Pace had qualified for an LPGA Tour event after a ranking reshuffle. Pace thought she would only be gone for a week, but performed well enough to continue playing for six more months.

The aim of the First-Pace Golf Day for Girls is to spot natural talent at grass roots level, combined with the right passion and attitude. Two young girls will be offered a sponsored prize package valued at approximately R80, 000 each, not to mention being coached and mentored by the best in the golfing industry for 12 months to develop their skills.

“It’s fantastic that First Car Rental is supporting women’s golf and taking the initiative to grow and develop the sport through the First-Pace Golf Day for Girls, especially in my home area near Paarl,” said Pace. “This event will help us scout for young talent. We hope to assist two star players develop their skills so that they can compete at a professional level one day.”

First Car Rental Executive Head: Strategy, Development & Marketing, Melissa Storey, said: “Although the event had to be postponed, it has been for the best. Lee-Anne has returned to South Africa with two 2014 international titles to her name. Lee-Anne was a star to begin with, but she has proven that with passion and dedication, anything can be achieved. She will be an inspiration to the girls.”

Eleven government and private schools from the surrounding Franschhoek area were identified and 40 girls between the ages of 9 to 17 years old were nominated by their school heads, coaches and teachers to take part in the fun, but testing afternoon.

There will be tutoring on the day by well-known names such as:

• Lee-Anne Pace

• Rae Hast, pro golfer, author, full-time teaching professional at Erinvale Golf Estate and member of the WPGA board

They will be supported at various stations by:

James Wade, Coaching Director of South Africa at Swingfit, James and his team are very influential in golf development and has created many champions

Carl Krog, Golf Manager at Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate, pro golfer and instrumental in sponsoring and supporting the First-Pace Golf Day for Girls

Abrie Swanepoel, pro golfer at Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate

Bridget Keogh, golf attendant at Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate

First-Pace Golf Day for Girls aims to nurture young talent and help develop the proper attitude, character and personality upfront so that they may continue to become the country’s superstars tutored by the best there is.

The fully-sponsored prize package for the two winners includes playing rights and full use of facilities at Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate; coaching and mentoring by professionals such as SwingFit in association with Boland Ladies Golf; a set of golf clubs and bag, plus applicable golf clothing and shoes (kindly sponsored by Puma and Cobra).

Event details:

Date and time of event: Tuesday, 11 November 2014 from 15h00 – 17h00

Venue:  Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate, Franschhoek, Western Cape

Author

Graham J Gordon, The Editor and Owner, GolfblogspotUK

The GolfblogspotUK website is owned and run by former Walker Cup player and European Tour card holder, Graham J Gordon, from Scotland, the Home of Golf. The owner is a golf fanatic who had to retire early from competitive tour play due to a back injury that required surgery. Graham wishes to share his knowledge and own experiences of the game with the GolfblogspotUK community and to receive your feedback on all aspects of the sport. Graham has been playing the game for over 20 years and received a great deal of pleasure from the sport. He has met several friends and visited many different places around the world, thanks to playing the great game of golf. Time to put a little back into the game to help others.

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