Four members of the Ladies European Tour took a shark dive on Thursday morning ahead of the South African Women’s Open, taking place on 13-15 July at Selborne Park Golf Club in KwaZulu-Natal.
Australian Lindsey Wright and England’s Felicity Johnson were joined by Indian duo Sharmila Nicollet and Smriti Mehra in the cage dive out of Rocky Bay, Pennington.
They were surrounded by blacktip sharks while a pair of humpback sharks swam only 50 metres from their boat.
Smriti said: “It was absolutely amazing; a once in a life time opportunity,” while Felicity commented: “It was a brilliant experience: incredible. That’s why I came to South Africa!”
Lindsey added: “What a wonderful experience.”
All four players will be competing in South Africa’s oldest women’s professional golf tournament, which has reclaimed its place on the Ladies European Tour (LET) calendar, and will feature the country’s leading professionals competing against a strong international field for a total purse of €260, 000.
The resurgence of the South African Women’s Open is the vision of new promoters World Sports Promotions in a partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal local government and the Hibiscus Coast Municipality.
About the South African Women’s Open:
The SA Women’s Open is the premier tournament on the South African women’s professional golf calendar, dating back to 1988.
It is a 54-hole stroke play professional tournament co-sanctioned by the Women’s Professional Golf Association of South Africa and the Ladies European Tour, with World Sports Promotions as the commercial rights owners.
The 2012 tournament will be played over 54 holes at Selborne Park Golf Club in KwaZulu-Natal, with the leading South African professionals competing against an international field for total prize money of €260,000. The field will consist of 84 players, including 56 from the Ladies European Tour, 14 from the Women’s Professional Golf Association of South Africa, seven leading South African amateurs, and seven promoter invitations.
|Lindsey Wright, Felicity Johnson, Sharmila Nicollet and Smriti Mehra took part in a shark dive on Thursday ahead of the South African Women’s Open|