eHowz!t brings you everything you need to know about the Cell C South African Women’s Open on the eve of the tournament.
The 2014 edition of the country’s oldest women’s professional tournament will be played at San Lameer Country Club from Thursday to Sunday.
Hometown twins Nicola Eaton-Gutzeit and Melissa Eaton will feature in the star-studded 120-strong field consisting of the world’s top women’s golfers from over 24 countries who will play for their share of the R4.5-million (€320 000) purse (click here for our video interview and feature on the local ladies).
The draw for the 2014 championship has been confirmed with some tantalising match ups in prospect and tee-off scheduled for 6.30am.
South African No.1 Lee-Anne Pace will play with American Cheyenne Woods and the defending champion Marianne Skarpnord from Norway in the marquee group starting from the 10th hole at 11.55am on Thursday.
Pace, with eight Ladies European Tour (LET) titles, leads a strong local challenge with 37 South Africans in the field including Sunshine Ladies Tour winners Ashleigh Simon, Stacy Bregman, Monique Smit, Kim Williams and Tandi von Ruben, a former South African Women’s Open winner, as well as last month’s Tenerife Open de España champion Connie Chen.
Simon and Chen will compete alongside English Solheim Cup star Charley Hull at 11.44am, while leading Ladies European Tour rookie professional Amy Boulden from Wales will play with South African Paula Reto and England’s Trish Johnson at 11.33am.
The field boasts seven of this season’s LET winners in Woods, Britons Hull, Kylie Walker, Trish Johnson and Florentyna Parker and Valentine Derrey and Julie Greciet from France.
This is the third straight year that the tournament has been staged on the Hibiscus Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, although this is the first visit to San Lameer Country Club.
Last year, Skarpnord won at nearby Southbroom Golf Club when the event was reduced to 18 holes while the previous year, Germany’s Caroline Masson won at Selborne Park Golf Club.
The tournament will be played over 72 holes of strokeplay with 18 holes being played each day. The player with the lowest combined aggregate score will be declared the winner.
On the first two days, play will start from the 1st and 10th tees in three-balls. At the weekend, play will start in three-balls from the 1st tee only in reverse score order. There will be a cut to the leading 60 professionals and ties after 36 holes.
The field will comprise of a maximum of 126 players including 10 amateurs.
Entry and Car Parking
Entry for spectators to the 2014 edition of the Cell C SA Women’s Open will be complimentary for all tournament days.
Complimentary parking for spectators will be located at San Lameer.
Directional signage will be erected in the vicinity and event stewards will be available to direct spectators to the designated parking areas.
- The use of cell phones and flash photography on course is strictly prohibited.
- Please keep behind the ropes and barriers around the course and use the official crossing points.
- Walk, do not run and obey the Marshals – they are trying to make the day enjoyable for everyone.
- Please be considerate of other spectators when using umbrellas and sitting in the front rows.
- Please do not speak to any of the players during play.
Whilst cellular phones will be allowed on site, all phones must be switched off when on-course and around the practice areas.
There will be no childcare facilities at the Cell C SA Women’s Open.
Disabled toilets will be provided close to the public village.
Food and Beverages
Refreshments will be available within the public village.
A spectator grandstand will be located behind the 18th green. Seating is unreserved.
Leaderboards will be located around the course ensuring that spectators are kept up to date with the latest match scores.
There will be no left-luggage facility on-site at San Lameer Country Club. Spectators bringing prohibited items to the course will be asked to return them to their vehicles.
Lost Property will be located in the World Sports Promotions office located in the main clubhouse parking area.
Qualified medical personnel will be available on-site should any spectator require assistance. Please contact a Marshal or an Official who will direct you to the closest first-aid point on the course.
Official merchandise will be on-sale at the Pro-Shop.
On-course shuttles will be provided by the tournament to facilitate spectators’ navigation of the golf course.
The official Cell C SA Women’s Open souvenir programme will be distributed free of charge. A daily draw sheet will also be available showing the order of play and the previous day’s results.
Toilets will be located within the public village as well as at various locations around the course. The course map will show you the location of your closest toilet facilities.
Safety and Security
Safety and security is at the heart of the Cell C SA Women’s Open and is strongly guided by the South African Police Service’s unit that overseas major events on any number of issues – including what items are prohibited at San Lameer Country Club.
The emphasis is on ensuring that everyone attending the tournament is safe and secure and that spectators are not hindered by others less caring.
The following items are not permitted:
- Firearms, weapons and knives
- Fireworks and explosives
- Illegal drugs or narcotics
- Radios (unless these have ear pieces)
- Hand-held televisions
- Metal-spiked golf shoes
- Dogs (except guide dogs) and other pets
General safety tips:
- Do not attract unwarranted attention by openly displaying cash, expensive jewelry, camera, passport, ID and travel documents.
- Tag your luggage and belongings for easy identification and contact procedures.
Venue Operations Centre
The Cell C SA Women’s Open Venue Operations Centre will be manned by the relevant local authorities together with security and medical representatives. The Venue Operations Centre, located in the public village, will be fully equipped to deal with response services to any situation.
Television Broadcast Times:
|Thursday 16 October||SuperSport SS8||19h00 – 19h30||Highlights|
|Friday 17 October||SuperSport SS8||19h00 – 19h30||Highlights|
|Saturday 18 October||SuperSport SS8||14h00 – 17h00||Live|
|19h00 – 19h30||Highlights|
|Sunday 19 October||SuperSport SS8||14h00 – 17h00||Live|
|19h00 – 19h30||Highlights|
The San Lameer Country Club practice area will open and close at the following times and spectators are welcome to watch the players practicing.
|Monday 13 October||07h00 – 18h00|
|Tuesday 14 October||07h00 – 18h00|
|Wednesday 15 October||07h00 – 18h00|
|Thursday 16 October||05h45 – 18h00|
|Friday 17 October||05h45 – 18h00|
|Saturday 18 October||05h45 – 18h00|
|Sunday 19 October||05h45 – last tee off time|
Access for spectators to the official practice rounds and the Premier’s Challenge Pro-Am is complimentary.
Tournament Start Times:
The start times for the tournament are as follows:
|Wednesday 15 October||Premier’s Challenge Pro Am||1st and 10th tees||10h00 – 12h20|
|Thursday 16 October||Round 1||1st and 10th tees||06h45 – 08h35 and 11h15 – 12h54|
|Friday 17 October||Round 2||1st and 10th tees||06h45 – 08h35 and 11h15 – 12h54|
|Saturday 18 October||Round 3||1st tees||07h30 – 11h47|
|Sunday 19 October||Round 4||1st tees||07h30 – 11h47|
* Times subject to change
HISTORY OF THE EVENT:
The event was first played in 1988. Previous winners are listed below:
|2013||Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)||KZN & Hibiscus Coast||Southbroom Golf CLub||-3|
|2012||Caroline Masson (GER)||KZN & Hibiscus Coast||Selbourne Golf Club||-1|
|2009||Tandi Cuningham (SA)||WPGA||Parkview Golf Club||-12|
|2008||Julie Tvede (DEN)||Acer||Durban Country Club||-8|
|2007||Ashleigh Simon (SA)||Acer||Durban Country Club||-6|
|2006||Rebecca Hudson (UK)||Acer||Durban Country Club||-2|
|2005||Maria Boden (SWE)||Acer||Royal Johannesburg||-2|
|2004||Ashleigh Simon (SA)||Acer||Royal Johannesburg||-8|
|2003||Helena Svenson (SWE)||Acer||Royal Johannesburg||-5|
|2002||Mandy Adamson (SA)||Kyocera-Mita||Devonvale Golf Club||-8|
|2001||Vanessa Smith (SA)||Cape Times||Devonvale Golf Club||-5|
|2000||Claire Duffy (UK)||Vodacom||Rondebosch Golf Club||-4|
|1999||Barbara Pestana (SA)||Vodacom||Rondebosch Golf Club||-7|
|1998||Barbara Pestana (SA)||Vodacom||Kyalami Golf Club||-10|
|1997||Mandy Adamson (SA)||Mercedes||Kyalami Golf Club||-2|
|1996||Laurette Maritz (SAa)||Pick ‘n Pay||Kyalami Golf Club||4|
|1995||Mandy Adamson (SA)||Phillips||Observatory Golf Club||-1|
|1991||Brenda Lunsford (USA)||Vanderbilt / Fair Lady||Germiston Country Club||-7|
|1990||Brenda Lunsford (USA)||Vanderbilt / Fair Lady||Germiston Country Club||-3|
|1989||Laurette Maritz (SA)||MAID||Germiston Country Club||-16|
|1988||Elizabeth Glass (ZIM)||SoftSource||Germiston Country Club||-5|
San Lameer Country Club:
The San Lameer Estate is the most sought-after golf estate resort and is the only estate that has direct access onto two blue flag beaches in South Africa. The San Lameer Estate, on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, was the very first golfing and accommodation estate developed in South Africa.
P.O. Box 78, Southbroom, KwaZulu Natal, 4277
+27 (0)39 313 5141 (Pro Shop)
+27 (0)39 313 5144 (Pro Shop)
Hibiscus Coast Municipality:
The Hibiscus Coast is situated in the Ugu District on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast. To the south, it borders the Eastern Cape across the Umtamvuna River, which is significant in terms of the positive spin-offs from the Wild Coast Spatial Development Initiative. It also abuts the rural municipalities of Umzumbe and Ezinqoleni to the north and west respectively.
The coastal component of the municipality consists of a string of coastal towns ranging from large, well established urban and tourism centers to small resort towns. F rom the north, the approximately 75km of coastline contains the coastal towns of Hibberdene, Southport, Umtentweni, Port Shepstone, Oslo Beach, Shelly Beach, Uvongo, Margate, Ramsgate, Southbroom, Marina Beach, San Lameer, Trafalgar, Palm Beach, Munster and finally Port Edward.
The rural component includes substantial tracts of productive commercial farmland and the Tribal Authority areas of Lushaba, Madlala, Mavundla, Ndwalane, Nzimakwe and Xolo.
The garden province of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal is a subtropical region of lush and well-watered valleys, washed by the warm Indian Ocean. One of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, the province stretches from Port Edward in the south to the borders of Swaziland and Mozambique to the north.
Its western part is marked by the dramatic Drakensberg mountain range, with several peaks well over 3 000 metres. The range has been awarded World Heritage status for its dramatic natural beauty and the wealth of San Bushman rock art found in its caves – the richest concentration on the continent of Africa.
Between the mountains and the humid, subtropical coastline is savannah grassland, but there are also areas of indigenous forest along the coast. The largest of its many rivers is the Thukela.
Durban is one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the world. Its harbour is the busiest in South Africa and one of the 10 largest in the world. Every year the port of Durban handles over 30-million tons of cargo with a value of more than R100-billion. To the north of Durban, the port of Richards Bay, an important coal-export harbour, handles over 12 000 containers a year. Combined, the two ports account for some 78% of South Africa’s cargo tonnage.
The capital of KwaZulu-Natal is Pietermaritzburg. The province has several popular coastal holiday resorts, such as Port Shepstone, Umhlanga Rocks and Margate. In the interior, Newcastle is well-known for steel production and coal-mining, Estcourt for meat processing, and Ladysmith and Richmond for mixed agriculture. The KwaZulu-Natal coastal belt yields sugar cane, wood, oranges, bananas, mangoes and other tropical fruit.
KwaZulu-Natal: Quick Facts
- Capital: Pietermaritzburg
- Major city: Durban
- Languages: 80.9% isiZulu, 73.6% English, 1.5% Afrikaans
- Population: 10 645 400 (2010)
- Share of SA population: 21.3%
- Area: 94 361 square kilometres
- Share of total SA area: 7.7%
The land and its people
With a total area of 94 361 square kilometres, KwaZulu-Natal is roughly the size of Portugal. While it’s the country’s third-smallest province, taking up 7.7% of South Africa’s land area, it has the second-largest population, estimated at 10.6-million people in 2010.
The principal language is isiZulu, followed by English and Afrikaans. Remnants of British colonialism and a mix of Zulu, Indian and Afrikaans traditions give the province a rich cultural diversity.
KwaZulu-Natal is the only province with a monarchy specifically provided for in South Africa’s Constitution. The province’s name comes from the Zulu kingdom of KwaZulu, previously a nominal (although never “independent”) homeland in the apartheid era, and the former British colony of Natal, later a province of South Africa.
KwaZulu-Natal has active conservation activities. The Royal Natal National Park is home to more than 1 000 plant species, 12 species of antelope and three of the world’s seven species of crane. Other reserves are Giant’s Castle and the Kamberg Nature Reserve.
Some of South Africa’s best-protected indigenous coastal forests are found along the subtropical coastline of KwaZulu-Natal, such as at Dukuduku and Kosi Bay. It is also along this coast that the magnificent iSimangaliso Wetland Park is found – along with the Drakensberg, one of KwaZulu-Natal’s two Unesco World Heritage sites.
The northern part of the province, on the Swaziland border, is typical African savanna, providing a natural backdrop for its rich wildlife, protected in several game parks.