Women’s golf makes a statement for sporting equality at Serengeti

Amid the captivating scenery of the Serengeti Estates in eastern Gauteng, the inaugural Absa Ladies Invitational last week was more than a golf tournament. It served as a powerful statement of talent, diversity and inclusivity in the world of sports, particularly women’s golf. 

The event not only showcased exceptional skills and dedication but also highlighted the importance of providing equal opportunities for women golfers to shine. 

The stand-out player of the tournament, Casandra Alexander, stole the show with a remarkable performance.  

Her extraordinary round of six-under-par 66 led her to victory with a commanding four-stroke lead, finishing at an impressive 12-under-par overall.  

Alexander’s triumph symbolised the rise of female athletes and echoed the commitment of Absa to break barriers and empower women in all aspects of society. 

The event featured a diverse line-up of talented players, each bringing their unique strengths to the field. From Kiera Floyd to Zethu Myeki, Yolanda Duma, Shamiso Makwara and more, these women exemplified the richness of diversity within the sport.  

Their participation not only showcased their skills but also emphasised the importance of representation in inspiring future generations of athletes, especially young girls aspiring to excel in professional golf. 

The success of this tour underscored the broader growth of women’s sports in South -Africa, with the Sunshine Ladies Tour now offering significant prize money and gaining widespread coverage on SuperSport. 

 This rise in visibility not only celebrates the achievements of female athletes but also marks a step forward in the journey towards gender equality in sports, providing a platform for women to thrive and succeed in the sport of their choice. 

The Ladies Invitational is not just another golf tournament, and with Alexander preparing to defend her title at the upcoming Jabra Ladies Classic and set her sights on European tournaments, Sunday World takes a look at some of the up-and-coming female golfers to watch:  

Casandra Alexander: The 24-year-old competes on the Ladies European Tour as well as the Sunshine Ladies Tour.  

She began playing golf at the age of 10, turned pro in 2018 and represents Cobra/Puma.  

Her performance in various tournaments, such as the AIG Women’s Open, has gained attention in the golfing world. With a passion for golf and dedication to her sport, Alexander continues to make her mark on the golfing scene, representing South Africa and inspiring fans with her skills on the course. 

Yolanda Duma: Duma is a professional golfer affiliated with the Sunshine Tour.  

Known for her skills on the golf course, Duma has achieved various career milestones.  

She is currently pursuing her PGA diploma, showcasing her dedication to the sport.  

Her profile on the Sunshine Ladies Tour highlights Duma’s achievements and provides -insights into her golfing career.  

Overall, Duma’s profile as a skilled golfer reflects her passion for the sport and her commitment to excellence on the course. 

Zethu Myeki: Myeki is a South African professional golfer and she represents the Randpark Golf Club. She turned pro in 2020.  

She is listed on the World Amateur Golf Ranking and is an active player on the Sunshine Ladies Tour.  

Myeki’s journey in golf showcases her passion and commitment to the sport.  

From starting as an amateur to becoming a professional player, she serves as an inspiration for young golfers, particularly black girls, looking to pursue a career in golf.  

Her presence in professional tournaments reflects her active participation in the golfing community. 

Shamiso Makwara: Shamiso Makwara, a successful Zimbabwean golfer, has made significant strides in her golfing career.  

She recently turned professional, adding to her impressive achievements as a multiple-time Zimbabwe Ladies stroke play winner.  

Makwara’s transition to the professional ranks has sparked excitement as she joins the esteemed group of local golfers competing at a higher level.  

She is listed as a player on platforms like the Sunshine Ladies Tour and the Sunshine Tour, showcasing her involvement and progress in the golfing sphere.  

She is a notable figure among Zimbabwe’s female professional golfers, alongside other talented players. 

2024 Sunshine Ladies Tour Schedule: 

18-21 April: Joburg Ladies Open – Modderfontein Golf Club. 

25-28 April: Investec South African Women’s Open – Erinvale Golf Estate. 

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