Cara Gorlei is returning home for the Investec South African Women’s Open on a high.

Gorlei is among 120 professional golfers, from 33 countries, competing in the 31st edition of the Investec South African Women’s Open at the Erinvale Golf Estate in Somerset West this week.

The golfer from Milnerton claimed her maiden Sunshine Ladies Tour tournament two weeks ago when she won the Jabra Ladies Classic held in Johannesburg.

She also finished third in the ABSA Ladies Invitational earlier this month.

In the four years that Gorlei has been a pro, she had racked up 11 top-10 finishes and has also qualified for the Ladies European Tour.

Paarl’s Lee-Anne Pace will be looking for her sixth Investec South African Women’s Open at Erinvale.

She has over the last 14 years become one of South Africa’s most successful women’s golfers with a career including 23 titles on the LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and Sunshine Ladies Tour.

Cara Gorlei is splashed with champagne after her Jabra Ladies Open victory
Cara Gorlei takes in her victory shower of the Jabra Ladies Classic held at Glendower Golf Club on April 12, 2024 in Edenvale, South Africa. (Photo by Troy Winfield/Sunshine Tour)


This will be the seventh straight year that Cape Town will be hosting the Investec South African Women’s Open, the country’s oldest and most prestigious professional women’s golf tournament.

The City of Cape Town recently renewed its sponsorship to the tournament, meaning the event will remain in the Mother City for at least the next three years.

According to the the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith, this is part of the municipality’s commitment to supporting women’s golf.

“The City’s partnership with the Women’s Professional Golf Association for the Investec SA Women’s Open has contributed massively to elevating the status women’s golf in the country while also providing a platform for emerging local golfers to learn from professionals and of course to promote Cape Town to the world,” said Smith.

“Our commitment to the tournament for the next few years is to ensure events such as the SA Women’s Open continue to provide opportunities to local players like Cara Gorlei to graduate from amateur to the professional level. We are looking forward to hosting all the players in our city.”

The SA Women’s Open runs until Sunday 28 April. Entry is free for spectators at the Erinvale Golf Estate.

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