Lee-Anne Pace


Last year was a dream year for 30-year-old golfer Lee- Anne Pace. She won five international opens, was awarded Players' Player of the Year and became the first South African woman to win the Order of Merit for the Ladies European Tour. Not bad for someone who wanted to be a guitarist. Pace has received accolades from some of the world's greatest golfers, including her idol, Ernie Els. "I've only played against the boys,� she laughs, explaining why all her role models are male. "Els is a great guy. He really looks like he enjoys himself.� But it's not all fun out there on the greens. Pace puts herself through a punishing training regime so that she can maintain her super-fit physique. Her outlook on golf is simple: "You're in a lion fight. Just because you didn't win, it doesn't mean you don't know how to roar,� she says. �Ayanda Sitole

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