Ashleigh’s amateur career was nothing short of outstanding. She won the Ladies Club Championships at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, her home club, every year between the ages of 12 and 17. At age 14 in 2003, she became the youngest player to receive full South African colors, playing No. 1 for her country in the Commonwealth Tournament. In 2004, she became the youngest player to win the Ladies South African Open on the Women’s Professional Tour. She went on to win at least one WPGA (Women’s Professional Golf Association) Tour event as an amateur each year until she was 17 and turned Professional.
Not surprisingly, Ashleigh’s professional career started with a bang in 2007 when she won the Catalonia Ladies Masters in her first season on the Ladies European Tour (LET). Her form continued into 2008 and 2009 when she mixed playing in Europe and playing on the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) against the best players in the world, earning her the Rookie of the Year title on the LET in 2008.
At the end of 2009, Ashleigh suffered a back injury. 2010 was a year spent recovering and yet she still managed three top 5 finishes on the LET. In 2011, her game continued to strengthen and develop resulting in five top 10 finishes on the European Tour, an Order of Merit ranking of 15, and a win at the Portugal Ladies Open.
Unfortunately, 2012 saw Ashleigh’s four top 10 finishes on the LET interrupted by a hip injury, resulting in her taking time over winter for surgery. Her focus and determination was once again highlighted by her astounding recovery. She finished 2nd at her first event back, the South African Ladies Open in April. She went on to take 2nd again at the ISPS Handa European Ladies Masters, qualified for the Ricoh Women’s British Open, had four top 10 finishes and ranked an impressive 13th on the LET Order of Merit after a late season start! She finished the season on a high, earning her full LPGA card at Q School in December.
There is no doubt Ashleigh will capitalize on her LPGA Tour status, after her fight back from injuries she is more determined than ever to succeed. Ashleigh is one of the most naturally talented young golfers of her generation, this coupled with her winning mentality means that the future is sure to be a very exciting one.