First Car Rental drives SA Women's Open

First Car Rental drives SA Women's Open

South African Women's Open

First Car Rental is the official transport sponsor for the 2014 South African Women's Open.

The tournament is taking place from 16-19 October at the San Lameer Country Club on KwaZulu-Natal's Hibiscus Coast. First Car Rental Brand Ambassador, Lee-Anne Pace, is a firm favourite to take home the R675 000 winner's prize after an outstanding performance in 2014.

South African Women's Open

Main Image and Caption: First Car Rental's brand ambassador, Lee-Anne-Pace, will be determined to add the SA Women's Open crown to her impressive list of achievements

First Car Rental is sponsoring five mini-buses and vehicles over the four days that will be used to transport top South African and international players, including Lee-Anne Pace and 23-times Ladies European Tour winner, Trish Johnson, as they compete for a total prize purse of R4.5 million.

Leading American golfer, Cheyenne Woods, and the South African Women's Open defending champion, Marianne Skarpnord from Norway, will also be competing in the tournament.

Honouring great sportswomen

Says Melissa Nortje,

Executive Head: Strategy, Development & Marketing at First Car Rental,

“It is a privilege to be the official transport sponsor for this high-profile international tournament that honours women's greatness in sport.

“It is vital that South Africa's players, established and amateur, get to play against the best in the world in their own backyard and I wish them all the best of luck.”

South African Women's Open

Cheyenne Woods.

Lee-Anne's success over the past year has seen her compete on the prestigious LPGA Tour in the United States and make history when she became the first female golfer to win outright the prestigious Golfer of the Year award.

In the last 12 months, Lee-Anne was named the Women's Professional Golf Association's (WPGA) Player of the Year for the fourth consecutive year, won the Investec Ladies Cup and finished 2013 as the number one ranked golfer on the Ladies European Tour.

Started in 1988, the South African Women's Open is the country's oldest women's professional golf tournament.

South African Women's Open

Stacy Bregman.

Other top female golfers forming part of the 126-strong international field competing in the tournament include South Africa's Ashleigh Simon, winner of the Investec Cup, and Stacy Bregman, who came second in the 2013 SA Women's Open.

The 72-hole tournament, co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Ladies Tour (in partnership with the WPGA) and the Ladies European Tour, will take place at an upgraded San Lameer Country Club, most notably the greens. The clubhouse has also undergone significant renovations to make it the perfect host of this world-class tournament.

Started in 1988, the South African Women's Open is the country's oldest women's professional golf tournament. In 2012 it returned to the Ladies European Tour schedule, a move that was widely welcomed as an integral part of bringing top international women's golf back to South African fairways.

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