Meet the Girls: South African pro Lee-Anne Pace

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Name: Lee-Anne Pace

Date of birth: 15/02/1981

Place of birth: Paarl

Nationality: South African

Height: 5’6″

Turned pro: 2005

during the final round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented By Hershey at Ko Olina Golf Club on April 16, 2016 in Kapolei, Hawaii.

About Lee-Anne Pace

South African-born Lee-Anne Pace’s journey to the top of the women’s game has been anything but straightforward.

The 35-year-old pursued other sports as a youngster, including hockey, swimming and tennis.

She was encouraged to give golf a go at the age of 18 by her dad after a professional saw her hitting some balls outside of a pub.

She attended Murray State University in Kentucky, USA, as a +2 handicapper.

SINGAPORE - MARCH 04: Lee-Anne Pace of South Africa with her caddie on the second hole during the second round of the HSBC Women's Champions at Sentosa Golf Club on March 4, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

She was later recruited by Tulsa University and ended up finishing in the top 20 in America in her final year.

A career in golf beckoned for talented Pace and she turned pro in 2005.

She qualified for the Ladies European Tour for 2008 via qualifying school.

In 2010, Pace topped the European Order of Merit after bagging five titles that year.

She topped the Henderson Money List that same year and in doing so she became the first ever South African in LET history to do so.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 24: Lee-Ann Pace of South Africa makes a chip shot on the 13th hole during the final round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic presented by CTBC at the Lake Merced Golf Club on April 24, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

She was voted as the overwhelming winner of the 2010 Players’ Player of the Year on the LET.

Pace netted over one million euros in 2013 on her way to claiming three titles.

The current world No 35 clinched her ninth career title in 2014 when she won the South African Women’s Open.

She made the cut 19 times out of 24 events last year as well as carding a career-low 65 in the third round of the Evian Championship.

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