Ashleigh Simon

At 19 Ashleigh is to women's South African golf what Gary Player was to the man's game at the same age � a prodigy from whom much is expected. When she won the South African Women Amateur champion- ships for the third time in 2007, she achieved a feat that had not been accomplished in 101 years. It was inevitable that Ashleigh would have to test her considerable talents against her professional peers. A day after her 18th birthday she duly con- verted to the paid ranks. Three tournaments later she was on the podium receiving the trophy after being crowned the Catalonia Ladies Masters champion.