Sally Little - SA Hall of Fame

Sally Little will be inducted into the SA Hall of Fame on the 28th November 2016 at Sun City...

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Sally Little will be inducted into the SA Hall of Fame on the 28th November 2016 at Sun City.


As Unimedia’s PinkStig, sets the backdrop for this auspicious event, Sally Little will be the first female legendary golfer inductee. SA Hall of Fame has decided to bring the inaugural launch of PINKSTIG and Sally Little’s induction into one space as this event will see 20 of South Africa’s top professional female golfers including 4 international golfers come out to play. With the field a plenty in talent, the evening is befitting for SA Hall of Fame to honour Sally in the presence of our future and present champions.

A huge milestone for women golfers, we could not ask for a better gala dinner setting with Sun International, our venue sponsors, after completing a 18 hole course at Lost City.

Johnny Burger of SA Hall of Fame has this to say on the induction ceremony: “We strive to tell the stories of extraordinary achievers. To celebrate the holistic accomplishments of the individual and not only their talent, skill and successes. Through this we strive to inspire individuals to dream, and reach their full potential which in turn puts them in the positions to make a difference in South Africa. Also to aspire to excellence on all fronts and to be authentic and true to oneself, which will pave the way for a content human being and to leaving a legacy.

Our mantra: Celebrate. Inspire. Empower”

PinkStig Invitational Press Release

Unimedia Pro in association with Sun International’s much awaited PinkStig Invitational is finally taking place at The Lost City Golf Course, Sun City on the 28 November.

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PinkStig Invitational Press Release


The PinkStig Invitational is a new and an exciting initiative in women’s professional golf in South Africa, that will showcase some of our aspiring pro golfers, giving them the opportunity to compete more. After several meetings, interactions and census with the players, Unimedia has uncovered some of the challenges that these players face.

Top of the pile of course is the lack of financial sustainability as most of the current tournaments take place from January – March. The question is what happens after the month of March? The objective of this inaugural event is to put a face to our players, unleashing true talent with limitless potential.

Our field of players at this event will include 18 local professional players, 3 international players and several young amateurs who are on the brink of turning pro. Our main focus is to locally manufacture our players and attract more international events to South Africa. This retention of existing talent will realize more competition, more broadcasting of women’s golf on all media platforms and increase the value of local player’s management.

The gala dinner event will see Sally Little, legendary golfer who has won 15 tournaments and 2 majors be inducted into the SA Hall of Fame, ensuring the baton is passed onto the current pro’s who in turn are able to reach out to our champions such as Sally. Furthermore, the amateur players receive the experience of playing with a pro.

The PinkStig initiative is a catalyst in the golfing fraternity for corporate and stakeholders to understand the value of women golf and its traction out in the market place on and off the golf course.

This campaign has received much media attention and the time has come for UniMedia to showcase SA women’s golf talent. UniMedia Pro has ensured a prize money of R100 000 for the PINKSTIG INVITATIONAL inaugural on the 28th November and wish to increase this by 2017 for the upcoming series to be announced at the gala dinner.

South African Players

Alra van den Berg (RSA), Crizelda van Niekerk (RSA), Francesca Cuturi (RSA), Henriette Frylinck (RSA), Ivanna Samu (RSA), Kim Williams (RSA), Leanda Schulze (RSA), Lejan Lewthwaite (RSA), Liezl Klotz (RSA), Mae Cornforth (RSA),Melissa Eaton (RSA), Michelle Leigh (RSA), Monique Smit (RSA), Monja Richards (RSA), Morgana Robertze, Nicole Becker (RSA), Tandi von Ruben (RSA) and Tijana Kraljevic (RSA)

International Players

Kiran Matharu (ENG), Bonita Bredenhann (NAM) and Carrie Park (KOR)

Amateur Players

Crystal Cooper, Lynette Fourie, Xavier Arries

For further media enquiries about the event please email: info@unimediapro.com

Francesca Cuturi ‘Playing my best Golf’

“I used to dream of the time when I would turn professional, I read so many books about all the girls. I also heard stories of how hard and cutthroat they were. I was terrified when I showed up at the tournament in Baltimore. I saw so many stars in the practice tee. Right then I wanted to go home.”– Sally Little from her book Capturing the Fire.

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Francesca Cuturi


“I used to dream of the time when I would turn professional, I read so many books about all the girls. I also heard stories of how hard and cutthroat they were. I was terrified when I showed up at the tournament in Baltimore. I saw so many stars in the practice tee. Right then I wanted to go home.”– Sally Little from her book Capturing the Fire.

Due to the lack of ladies tournaments in South Africa, I started out my preparation for the “comeback” Sunshine Ladies Tour in 2014 playing IGT tournaments (men’s development tour). I can remember my first tournament like it was yesterday, as I arrived all the men’s heads turned. You could feel their stares every step you took. Not knowing anyone I completely felt out of my comfort zone, and instead of a warm embrace from someone…anyone… I was left alone, which did not help the feeling of intimidation. It took quite a number of IGT tournaments to get to know some of the guys, and start to feel somewhat comfortable.

Heading to Europe last year 2015 for the first time, was a very similar experience. Where instead of some girls trying to help me out, I had to learn the hard way. I even missed my first registration, because I wasn’t aware one had to register online. Until a couple of tournaments later, Cecile Lundgren from Norway who comes to South Africa to play in the Sunshine Tour events, was kind enough to help me out, which I am forever grateful. However, the first few tournaments were very daunting and isolating. I was given the cold shoulder by most of the Italian girls, apparently they weren’t happy with the “new girl” getting ranking points for the Italian team. With all this going on, all I wanted to do was to play my best golf.

When the Ryder Cup took place a couple of weeks ago, you saw team work at the highest level, and in my opinion some of the best, most exciting golf. It was the entire atmosphere that made the guys perform. I understand that it takes time to get to know people, but I do believe people need help along the way to make the journey much more enjoyable. After all we all want to succeed and play our best. Through these experiences I have learnt that as much as golf is an individual sport it is just as much a team sport.

Playing in the IGT this last week, all three days I played with very talented players, all on their way to making it in the “Big League”, and when one hit a slightly wayward drive, I found myself saying, “get lucky”, more so than I would to my own ball. This is a small demonstration that if you want someone to do well in a tournament, why not go a small step further and help each other before and after a round.

UniMedia have recognized the importance of teamwork in this industry, and it is only through coming together that will give more players the opportunity to make it. Corporates recognize the value in team work, therefore send their employees on team building courses. Everyone has to start somewhere, and I believe there should be a more accepting, helpful ambiance at both an amateur and professional level.

Pam Golding

Carrie Park delighted to be playing in the PinkStig Invitational

UniMedia Pro is excited to the response of South Africa’s finest women professional golfers and is set to make the 28th November a memorable event. As Sally Little prepares for her induction into the SA Hall of Fame, many of the players have also expressed their excitement to meet with Sally and chat more about her book which was launched in October at the Sun Table Bay Hotel.

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Carrie Park delighted to be playing in the PinkStig Invitational


UniMedia Pro is excited to the response of South Africa’s finest women professional golfers and is set to make the 28th November a memorable event. As Sally Little prepares for her induction into the SA Hall of Fame, many of the players have also expressed their excitement to meet with Sally and chat more about her book which was launched in October at the Sun Table Bay Hotel.

Several international players have also confirmed to play and already the PinkStig has become the opportunity for the players to get some competition in before the Sunshine Ladies Tour starts later this year.

Players of the Sunshine Ladies Tour who will be attending are; Alra van den Berg (RSA), Francesca Cuturi (RSA), Henriette Frylinck (RSA), Ivanna Samu (RSA), Kim Williams (RSA), Leanda Schulze (RSA), Lejan Lewthwaite (RSA), Michelle Leigh (RSA), Tandi von Ruben (RSA), Tijana Kraljevic (RSA), Mae Cornforth (RSA), Nicole Becker (RSA), Larissa Du Preez (A), Lynette Pretorius (A), Xavier Arries (A) and Monique Smit (RSA) the highest rank player for the invitational.

The ladies will be playing for a prize money of R100 000, while in the same breathe enjoy the company of corporate participation. This platform will give the corporates the opportunity to see just how strong women golf is in South Africa. Lee-Anne Pace SA Champion and leading on the money list on the Sunshine Ladies Tour expressed at the Little Pace Challenge earlier this year, her support for additional events that could create a more competitive golfing environment and likely attract international participation.

The top three money earners on the Sunshine Ladies Tour attending:

Monique Smit (RSA) earned R130,734.99 for 2016, and includes:
1st at the Ladies Tshwane Open
4th at the Cape Town Ladies Open
2nd in Dimension Data
3rd at Sun International
3rd at the Chase to Investec Cup

Carrie Park (RSA) earned R85,290.00 for 2016 and includes:
10th at the Ladies Tshwane Open
11th at the Cape Town Ladies Open
7th at Dimension Data
7th at Sun International
7th at the Chase to Investec Cup

Kim Williams (RSA) earned R57,378.33 for 2016 and includes:
10th at the Ladies Tshwane Open
14th at the Cape Town Ladies Open
15th at Dimension Data
11th at Sun International
8th at theChase to Investec Cup

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Lejan Lewthwaite ‘Following through on the PinkStig’

I decided to wait until now, being Womens Day to pen my reflection on the Little Pace Challenge held at Pearl Valley Golf Club in August.

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Following Through on the PinkStig


I decided to wait until now, being Womens Day to pen my reflection on the Little Pace Challenge held at Pearl Valley Golf Club in August.

Getting to meet an inspirational woman, Sally Little, as well as to honour another South African icon Lee Anne Pace, was a fabulous experience. Myself as well as seven other South African top professional female golfers were given the opportunity by Unimedia and the Pink Stig initiative to meet some influential people and help launch the “Adopt a Pro” programme, which is set out to help professionals reach their full potential . I was extremely enthusiastic to learn about what Pink Stig entailed and what the team at Unimedia had in their vision to help professional female golfers in South Africa.

Professional women golfers in our country, sad to say, do not have the opportunity to fully showcase their talent, let alone earn a decent living like our top professional male golfers. It goes to say that when I read the phrase, “To compete more, is to succeed more,” by Sally Little, I couldn’t agree more, and already knew that the only way female golfers are able to earn a living is to travel abroad and qualify to play either on the European Ladies Tour or the LPGA Tour (based in America).
To be able to compete amongst the worlds greatest in the game is a dream, and it is my goal to one day reach the highest in Womens golf. Sally Little and Lee Anne Pace have been an inspiration for this. They too had the same struggle that I face today, and that is to try fund ourselves to be able to compete amongst the worlds greatest golfers and earn a living while doing so. It is their success that drives me and leads me to believe that it is still possible. However, Pink Stig can be a tremendous help in my wake, and could possibly help relieve some of the added financial pressure that I, as a professional female golfer face.

The support that was already seen at the launch was fantastic. We had the honour of having a couple of sponsors on board already. I would like to mention and thank a number of them who made a stand to empower women, affirming our belief in ourselves that we may indeed succeed in our dream.” Maserati”, who drove us to and from the golf course, Car Mania, Real Promotions who donated R1000 for every putt held during the pre-round putting comp, Corporate Golf, Golf Data, Pam Golding Estate Agency, Sun International, Caylix Sport, Taylormade, Skyler Tee and the stunning venue, Valdevie Estate.

I was fortunate enough to play a round of golf with one of golfs most influential people, Golf Data’s Owner and Chairman Robbie Marshall, his daughter Claire Marshall and her friend Denise Coddington. Furthermore, one of the biggest highlights of an already awesome day, was at the gala evening, when I won a magnificent diamond sponsored by Skyler Tee for finishing top professional on the day. Wow!!
I am honoured to be apart of the Pink Stig initiative at this early stage and cannot wait to see where it all leads. To be a part of such a wonderful team, I can foresee nothing but success. I pledge to do my part in supporting and getting as many people as possible on board. This is truly something special which South African Womens Golf has been yearning for. In the mean time, I will be “Following Through (the Pink Stig slogan),” in all my golf endeavours.

Tijana Kraljevic, ‘You inspire me Sally'

A message from Tijana Kraljevic to Sally Little and what it means to her celebrating the launch of Sally’s book ‘Capturing the Fire‘.

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A message for Sally Little


A message from Tijana Kraljevic to Sally Little and what it means to her celebrating the launch of Sally’s book ‘Capturing the Fire‘.

Sally you are our inspiration. I know you speak about us needing more idols in South Africa for young women golfers to have to look up to and inspire, but at 25 years old, you have become that idol I had been missing all these years. You have ignited life back into my dreams. I have relived your life’s story these past few months through the build up of your book launch ‘capturing the fire’.

Your story feels so ever present thanks to UniMedia Pro, they have managed to help us all relive your career as though you are still on the world stage competing with the greats.

I am so grateful to have you in my life as ‘MY IDOL’ and look forward to following in your foot steps and hopefully one day I can inspire other girls to pursue there dreams like you have inspired me.

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Monique Smith: Commitment and trust in oneself

Monique Smit firmly believes that where there’s a will, there’s a way. The 24-year-old hails from George, South Africa...

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Monique Smith: Commitment and trust in oneself


Monique Smit firmly believes that where there’s a will, there’s a way. The 24-year-old hails from George, South Africa. Her love for golf stems from the complex challenges it presents and the push to overcome such hurdles. It provides one with the opportunity to excel everyday and to be the best version of oneself.

It is not without its sacrifices though. Monique had to sacrifice a normal schooling experience for that of private home schooling, so that golf and the opportunities it presented, such as overseas tournaments, would always be at the forefront. She enjoys a relaxed but dedicated training regimen that follows a simple ethos: ‘commitment to myself and trust in myself.’

Monique believes that women’s golf is South Africa is very promising, but still has a long way to go. She is confident, however, that with a joint effort women’s golf has a bright future. Monique is currently doing a PGA course so that she can further her golfing knowledge and help others achieve their golfing goals and dreams. The best advice she can give young, aspiring golfers is to ‘work hard and keep setting clear and precise goals for yourself.’

Monique hopes to embody the ideals of her childhood hero, Annika Sorenstam. She greatly admires Annika for the way she played, the motivation that led to her success and lastly, her mental sharpness.