South African wins Portugal Ladies Open

It’s not just South Africa’s men who are shining in the golfing world. South African professional golfer, Ashleigh Simon, won the Portugal Ladies Open this weekend!

Ashleigh Simon at the 2009 British Women's Open. Source: Wikipedia

Ashleigh, who celebrated her 22nd birthday just last week, finished at 16-under 200 and won by three strokes over second-round leader Gwladys Nocera.
This is Ashleigh’s second victory on the Ladies European Tour after winning the Catalonia Ladies Masters in 2007. That was just her third event as a professional, having turned professional the day after her eighteenth birthday.
Before turning professional, Ashleigh represented South Africa in the Women’s World Cup of Golf three times while she was still an amateur, and is a well-known star at home where she won the ladies’ South African Amateur Stroke Play and Match Play double, and became the first player in 101 years to win the Ladies South African Open title three times!