Lesley Copeman (left) from World Sport Promotions, Ladies European Tour CEO Ivan Khodabakhsh and WPGA Executive Director Barbara Pestana (right) jointly announced a seven-year extension of the South African Women’s Open to 2021. (Justin Klusener)
The Ladies European Tour (LET) and Women’s Professional Golf Association of South Africa (WPGA) have jointly announced their agreement with World Sport Promotions to extend the South African Women’s Open through to 2021.
The success of the tournament over the first three years of the relationship has created a tremendous boost to women’s professional golf in South Africa and all parties are delighted to announce a ground-breaking extension, which sets the foundation for continual growth of the game in the region from grass roots development to the professional game.
LET CEO, Ivan Khodabakhsh, commented: “We are thrilled to deepen our relationship with the WPGA and with World Sport Promotions who deliver high quality golf tournaments.
“An extension until 2021 is an expression of our commitment to South Africa and our wish to help grow the game. The Ladies European Tour members always enjoy competing in the region and are committed to inspiring more young girls to participate.”
Barbara Pestana, Executive Director of the WPGA, said: “The seven-year extension of the SA Women’s Open to 2021 is testament to the joint success story between the WPGA, The Ladies European Tour and World Sport Promotions.
“This extension underlines the significance of this championship and the long term commitment mirrors our joint goal to provide a sustainable competitive platform to continue shaping the future of our players for years to come.”
Lesley Copeman, Tournament Promoter of World Sport Promotions, added: “World Sports Promotions is proud to have the opportunity to extend the contract with the LET and the WPGA.
“The South African Women’s Open is the flagship event of the WPGA and provides the local professionals and top amateurs the opportunity to compete at the highest level. Having events of this calibre and with substantial prize-money goes a long way toward empowering our young female golfers.”