Who's who: Lee-Anne Pace

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Who's who: Lee-Anne Pace

  • Name:

    Lee-Anne Pace
  • Country:

    South Africa
  • Born:

    Feb 15, 1981 in Paarl, Western Cape.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Paarl
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    2005

Roll of Honour

Multiple wins on the Sunshine Ladies Tour, Ladies European Tour and LPGA Tour. Record five-time winner of the South African Women's Open, including three straight wins in 2014, '15 and '17 (not played in 2016). Ladies European Tour Order of Merit winner (2010).

Did you know?

Pace enjoyed a successful amateur career growing-up in the Cape Winelands, and later at Murray State University in Kentucky and the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

After turning professional in 2005 she qualified for the US LPGA Tour for 2007, but lost her card at the end of that season. She qualified for the Ladies European Tour for the 2008 season through Q-School, and emphatically stamped her name on that tour in 2010, recording five wins in the space of just four months. She ended 2010 as the LET Order of Merit winner and Player of the Year.

Further wins followed in subsequent years. These included an historic three-in-a-row in the South African Women's Open (2014, '15 and '17; not played in 2016). This was capped in 2022 (as defending champion) by a record breaking fifth success in her home national championship.

Top tournaments won by Lee-Anne Pace

2022
Africa
288 (E)
€45,000
Investec

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Pace, Lee-Anne

Score

288 (E)

Prize money

€45,000

Title sponsor

Investec

Played as the Investec South African Women's Open (Mar 30-Apr 2; Sunshine Ladies/LET Tours event). Defending champion Lee-Anne Pace (RSA) beat Magdalena Simmermacher (Arg) with a birdie at the 6th playoff hole (par-5 18th), to claim her fifth win in eight years in this event. [Steenberg GC, Constantia, nr Cape Town, Western Cape, RSA].

2021
Africa
290 (+2)
€30,000
Investec

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Pace, Lee-Anne

Score

290 (+2)

Prize money

€30,000

Title sponsor

Investec

Played as the Investec South African Women's Open (May 13-16; Sunshine Ladies/LET Tours event; LET season-opener). Second-placed Leonie Harm (Ger) finished 1 shot behind Lee-Anne Pace (RSA), who recorded a record breaking fourth win in her home national championship. [Westlake GC, Muizenberg, nr Cape Town, RSA].

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Pace, Lee-Anne

Score

208 (-8)

Prize money

R250,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the South African Women's Open (Jan 26-28; Sunshine Ladies Tr event). Second-placed Ashleigh Buhai (RSA) finished 7 shots behind Pace (RSA), who won an historic third straight SA Women's Open title. [San Lameer Estate, nr Southbroom, KZN, S Africa].

2017
Africa
Millvale Retreat
210 (-6)
R100,000
Investec

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Pace, Lee-Anne

Venue

Millvale Retreat

Score

210 (-6)

Prize money

R100,000

Title sponsor

Investec

Played as the Chase to the Investec Cup Final (March 10-12; limited field, winner-takes-all, season-ending Sunshine Ladies Tr event). Second-placed Ashleigh Buhai (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Pace (RSA). Buhai earned enough points to top the "Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies" rankings, and win the associated R400,000 bonus. [Millvale Pvte Retreat, nr Koster, NWP, S Africa].

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Pace, Lee-Anne

Score

219 (+3)

Prize money

R36,365

Title sponsor

x

Played as the South African Women's Open (Sunshine Ladies Tr event; held in Dec 2015; part of 2016 season). Second-placed Lejan Lewthwaite (RSA, amateur) finished 4 shots behind defending champion Pace (RSA). [San Lameer Estate, nr Southbroom, KZN, S Africa].

2015
Africa
Millvale Retreat
210 (-6)
R30,000
Investec

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Pace, Lee-Anne

Venue

Millvale Retreat

Score

210 (-6)

Prize money

R30,000

Title sponsor

Investec

Played as the Investec Cup for Ladies (March 20-22; limited field season-ending Sunshine Ladies Tr event). Second-placed Bonita Bredenhann (Nam) finished 8 shots behind Pace (RSA), the only player to finish under par. Lee-Anne Pace earned enough points to top the 'Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies rankings for the second straight year, and win the associated R250,000 bonus. [Millvale Pvte Retreat, nr Koster, NWP, S Africa].

2014
Asia
200 (-16)
US$300,000
x

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Pace, Lee-Anne

Score

200 (-16)

Prize money

US$300,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Blue Bay LPGA (Oct 23-27; LPGA Tr event). Second-placed Caroline Masson (Ger) finished 3 shots behind Lee-Anne Pace (RSA). Reduced to 54 holes and a Monday finish required due to bad weather. A week earlier Pace won the South African Women's Open, a Ladies European Tour event. [Jian Lake Blue Bay GC, nr Lingshui, Hainan Island].

2014
Africa
Millvale Retreat
216 (E)
R100,000
Investec

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Pace, Lee-Anne

Venue

Millvale Retreat

Score

216 (E)

Prize money

R100,000

Title sponsor

Investec

Played as the inaugural Investec Ladies Cup (March 21-23; limited field Sunshine Ladies Tr event). Second-placed Monique Smit (RSA) finished 7 shots behind Pace (RSA), who as the tournament winner was also declared the winner of the inaugural 'Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies. [Millvale Pvte Retreat, nr Koster, NWP, S Africa].

2014
Africa
211 (-5)
€48,000
Cell C

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Pace, Lee-Anne

Score

211 (-5)

Prize money

€48,000

Title sponsor

Cell C

Played as the Cell C South African Women's Open (Oct 16-19; Sunshine Ladies/LET Trs event). Pace (RSA) beat Holly Clyburn (Eng) at the second playoff hole, to record her third win in three playoffs on the Ladies European Tour. [San Lameer Estate, nr Southbroom, KZN, S Africa].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Pace, Lee-Anne

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

€52,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Open de España "Madrid 2020" (July 18-21). Second-placed Mikaela Parmlid (Swe) finished 1 shot behind Pace (RSA). [Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid, Spain].

2013
Europe
289 (-3)
€37,500
Turkish Airlines

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Pace, Lee-Anne

Score

289 (-3)

Prize money

€37,500

Title sponsor

Turkish Airlines

Played as the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open (May 9-12). Second-placed Minea Blomqvist (Fin), Charley Hull (Eng) and Carlota Ciganda (Esp) finished 1 shot behind Pace (RSA). [National GC, Belek, nr Antalya, Turkey].

2013
Asia
203 (-13)
€45,000
x

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Pace, Lee-Anne

Score

203 (-13)

Prize money

€45,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Sanya Ladies Open (Oct 25-27; Ladies Eurpn, Asian & China Tours event). Lee-Anne Pace (RSA) beat Yu-yang Zhang (China) with a 20-foot birdie putt at the first playoff hole. [Yalong Bay GC, Sanya, Hainan Island, China].

2013
Awards
x
n/a
LET

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Pace, Lee-Anne

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

LET

Pace (RSA) won the LET Players' Player of the Year Award, based on the votes of her peers.

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Pace, Lee-Anne

Score

211 (-5)

Prize money

€30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open (Oct 29-31; Ladies Eurpn, Asian & China Tours event). Lee-Anne Pace (RSA) beat Christel Boeljon (Neth) and Hannah Jun (USA) at the second playoff hole, to record her fifth LET win, all of them coming in 2010. Julieta Granada (Par) was eliminated at the first playoff hole. [Suzhou Taihu Intl GC, Shanghai, China].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Pace, Lee-Anne

Score

282 (-6)

Prize money

€54,990

Title sponsor

S4C Wales

Played as the S4C Wales Ladies Championship of Europe (Aug 12-15). Second-placed Melissa Reid (Eng) and Christel Boeljon (Neth) finished 3 shots behind Pace (RSA). [Conwy (Caernarvonshire) GC, Conwy, N Wales].

2010
Europe
204 (-12)
€78,750
Deutsche Bank

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Pace, Lee-Anne

Score

204 (-12)

Prize money

€78,750

Title sponsor

Deutsche Bank

Played as the Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open (June 17-20). Second-placed Vikki Laing (Scot) finished 1 shot behind first-time Ladies European Tour winner Pace (RSA). [Golf Gerre Losone, Ticino, Switzerland].

2010
Awards
€339,517
see Score
Henderson

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Pace, Lee-Anne

Venue

Score

€339,517

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Henderson

Pace (RSA) won the LET 2010 Order of Merit (Henderson Money List), with earnings of €339,517 on the Tour. Laura Davies (Eng) was second with €311,573; Melissa Reid (Eng) was third with €270,871.

2010
Awards
x
n/a
LET

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Pace, Lee-Anne

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

LET

Pace (RSA) won the LET Players' Player of the Year Award, based on the votes of her peers.

2010
Asia
205 (-11)
€30,000
x

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Pace, Lee-Anne

Score

205 (-11)

Prize money

€30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Sanya Ladies Open (Oct 22-24; Ladies Eurpn and Asian Tours event). Second-placed Stefanie Michl (Aut) finished 1 shot behind Lee-Anne Pace (RSA), who claimed her fourth LET win of 2010. [Yalong Bay GC, Sanya, Hainan Island, China].

2010
Europe
199 (-14)
€30,000
Finnair

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Pace, Lee-Anne

Score

199 (-14)

Prize money

€30,000

Title sponsor

Finnair

Played as the Finnair Masters (Aug 27-29). Second-placed Vikki Laing (Scot) finished 3 shots behind Pace (RSA), who recorded her third Ladies European Tour win of 2010. [Helsinki GC, Tali, Helsinki, Finland].

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