SA duo hope to hit World Cup fairways

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

South African golden girls Ashleigh Simon and Laurette Maritz will once more represent the country in the prestigious Women's World Cup of Golf at Sun City next year.

The tournament that has been eluding the hosts for the past three years tees off at the Gary Player Country Club from January 18-20.

This will be Simon's first World Cup as a professional, and the organisers believe the young lass will make it this time.

She turned professional in May this year and broke through with her maiden victory in the Catalonia Ladies Masters on the Ladies European Tour, earning her full playing privileges on the Tour in her rookie season.

Tania Fourie, chief executive of the Women's World Cup of Golf, said: "Our 2008 field features a great selection of young stars and experienced campaigners who will each bring their own individual brilliance to Sun City."

Carolyn Bivens, commissioner of the LPGA Tour, praised the tournament for once again attracting some of the biggest names in women's golf.

The full field of 20 countries has yet to be finalised, but the global showpiece has already attracted some of its leading stars.

World-renowned players such as Bettina Hauert, who is ranked first on the Ladies European Tour's new star money list, will be in the German team.

Becky Brewerton, the Golf Union of Wales' player of the year, will lead the Wales side, and Julieta Granada and Celeste Troche, last year's winners, will once more represent Paraguay.

The US has confirmed that the legendary combination of Juli Inkster, ranked seventh in the world, and Pat Hurst will again represent their country.