Lee-Ann sets Pace at Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open

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South Africa’s Lee-Ann Pace leads the field of the world’s best women’s golfers, as the second edition of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open teed off on Wednesday at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.

Thirty-five-year-old Pace led the leaderboard at the end of the opening round, with 6-under par on the stunning beachfront course, just one shot ahead of the chasing pack, five of whom all finished on 5-under par. Seven fellow players follow closely behind on 4-under par.

Lee-Ann Pace started the afternoon with a birdie-filled front nine, a performance which pleased the South African despite having to contend with the course’s quick greens,

Pace said: “I played nicely and made quite a few putts and was successful with long putts too, including one from off the green, which I was lucky with being honest. The Par 5’s are reachable here, along with a couple of short Par 4’s too, so it’s important to take advantage and birdie these holes.”

Brit Georgia Hall who came so close in 2016 as runner-up, commented earlier this week that it would be “great to go one better” and win the milestone event this year, and her round on Wednesday certainly backed up her statement. The 21 year old – who currently sits just three shots off the leader after today’s round– racked up a total of seven birdies throughout her round to follow closely behind on 3-under par.

Hall said: “I played really well today, I hit loads of greens, my long game was really good, I just couldn’t hole anything on the front nine.

“I could have easily hit seven-under today. The greens were a little hard to read on the front nine, because you’ve got to read the grain too but it’s a solid start for day one. I’ve played the first round now so I am off and going, hopefully I can just putt a little better tomorrow.”

The first day was a fitting start to the second edition of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, which remains the country’s first professional women’s golf tournament. Bright sunshine drew in the crowds, who swept through the gates and avidly followed the first day leaders around the course.

The Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open is free for the public to attend and runs from Wednesday, 1st November to Saturday, 4th November, 2017 at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.

More information is available at www.fbmladiesopen.com, on Instagram and Twitter (@FBMLadiesOpen), and on Facebook.

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Harry Redknapp, Mike Tindall and Michael Campbell to headline Swing Against Cancer charity golf series finale

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The ‘Swing Against Cancer’ Charity Golf Series will take place this Thursday at Jumeirah Golf Estates, and there’s still a chance to play during the day or dine at the gala event with celebrity guests.

Legendary football player and manager Harry Redknapp, England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup winner Mike Tindall, winner of the 2005 US Open Michael Campbell and former Westlife star Brian McFadden will all be attending.

The Swing Against Cancer Charity Golf Series 2017, launched by Sixteen10 and Worldwide Golf, follows on from the success of the Mike Clark Charity Golf Day, which over four years has raised more than US$125,000 for the Friends of Cancer Patients charity (FoCP), and over $50,000 in 2016 alone.

Clark, a former UAE resident, golfing enthusiast and Jumeirah Golf Estates employee, tragically passed away from cancer aged 30 on October 16, 2012 – hence the name Sixteen10.

The event will raise funds for the Friends of Cancer Patients charity, a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping cancer patients and their families through the

Individual entry for the evening event is only Dh395, and a table of 10 just Dh3,500. Guests can reserve by calling +971 56 442 1067 or by emailing [email protected]

Bids to compete alongside one of the celebrities, or for the final place in the amateur tournament can be made online at www.swingagainstcancerauction.com.

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Biggest names in women's golf to participate in Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open

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Some of the biggest names in women’s golf have confirmed their participation at this year’s Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, which gets underway at the iconic Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, in Abu Dhabi in just under two weeks’ time.

This year’s edition will attract thousands of visitors, and spectators will be particularly thrilled by the news that top golfing talent Georgia Hall, Mel Reid, Catriona Matthew and Cheyenne Woods are all confirmed to appear at this year’s tournament, along with already confirmed Beth Allen, last year’s inaugural winner. Over the four-day period, 126 players will compete for a total prize purse of $550,000.

Renowned as being one of Abu Dhabi’s top sporting and family events, this year’s tournament will take place from Wednesday November 1 through to Saturday November 4.

Two players who came close to victory last year, Georgia Hall and Mel Reid, will be looking to go one better at this year’s tournament. Georgia’s ascent to the top of ladies golf has been rapid since turning professional three years ago. She featured in Europe’s Solheim Cup team in August, and has been a prominent figure on the LET tour this year and is full of confidence with six top-10 finishes from eight appearances.

Looking ahead to this year’s open, Georgia said: “I’m looking forward to playing the course and playing some great golf. I’d love to have a good result after a really strong finish in my first-ever tournament last year. I know the girls think the course is absolutely lovely and as always there is a fantastic field – we can’t wait to get going”

Hall’s English compatriot Mel Reid has also shown great form this year, winning the LET season opener at Oates Vic Open in Australia, and can’t wait to return to Abu Dhabi. Hall and Reid are joined by their Solheim Cup team-mates Florentyna Parker and Emily Kristine Pedersen, as well as vice-captain Catriona Matthew, previous Women’s British Open winner and LET player of the year, recently appointed as Team Europe captain for the 2019 Solheim Cup, and making her debut appearance at the FBMLO. Adding to the International flavour, South Africa’s Lee-Ann Pane will also be making her debut appearance and India’s Aditi Ashok will return to Abu Dhabi.

Matthew can’t wait to make her debut: “I’ve had a great year so far- I was Vice-Captain of Team Europe, which was followed by a last minute playing position on the team, and then when I didn’t think it could get any better, I was honoured with the captaincy for the Solheim 2019 event. I’m really looking forward to topping off this great year in Abu Dhabi and hopefully this positivity will continue in the same vein at this year’s FBMLO.”

Abu Dhabi will once again welcome another stunning line-up of the world’s best female golf professionals, with Cheyenne Woods also making her first appearances in Abu Dhabi. Recognised by legions of golf fans around the world, Cheyenne is the niece of golfing icon Tiger Woods. She debuted on the LET in 2013, recording five top-25 finishes. Cheyenne continued her hot play into 2014, where she broke through for her first career victory at the 2014 Volvik RACV Ladies Masters in Australia.

The Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open is open to the public to attend and runs from Wednesday, 1st November to Saturday, 4th November, 2017 at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. People can register for free tickets at www.fbmladiesopen.com/tickets.

More information is available at www.fbmladiesopen.com, on Instagram and Twitter (@FBMLadiesOpen), and on Facebook.

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