SA golf team all grown up
The South African team is geared up for this year's Women's World Cup of Golf at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City from this morning until Sunday.
The duo, Laurette Maritz and Ashleigh Simon, who have been playing together since the tournament was introduced three years ago, have modelled their challenge for this year's tournament on the success of Jake White's Rugby World Cup winning Springboks.
The pair have been an unbroken partnership since the inaugural event in 2005, and Maritz feels that they have grown a lot in this period.
"For the first few years we were finding our feet. Ashleigh was very young and nervous in the first year at Fancourt. But we've progressed so much since then," Maritz said.
Simon was just 15 when she made her World Cup debut, but Maritz says her partner is at a different level this time around in her first year as a professional.
"It gives her a different motivation playing as a professional. She's far more mature this year and it is really great to work with her."
Maritz has been a mother figure to her teenage partner and she has been extremely proud of Simon's achievements this year, which included victory in the Catalonia Ladies Masters on the Ladies European Tour.
But the two have an uphill battle, having finished twelfth, seventh and sixteenth in the previous three World Cups.