Rising Star

From behind her sunglasses, Casandra Alexander has a laser-like focus in terms of her career as one of the rising stars of South African women’s professional golf, and the discipline to make it a reality.

The 24-year-old has just come through a Sunshine Ladies Tour season where she won the ABSA Ladies Invitational for the fifth title of her professional career. It was a win that came only a few months after she underwent ankle surgery and changed coaches. So while it was something to celebrate in that sense, Alexander’s desire to be even better sees her take a different view.

“I started the year a bit on the back foot coming from ankle surgery in December and then changing coaches and having two weeks to prep for the first Ladies European Tour event in Saudi Arabia and then in Morocco. So it felt like I was on the back foot at the beginning of the year and now I’ve finally caught up. I didn’t have the best Sunshine Ladies Tour season. I won once, but the rest were pretty average results. But I’ll take it considering everything,” she says.


Digging deeper with Alexander.

The drive to succeed has always been a hallmark of Alexander’s golf, from her amateur days that culminated in her winning the 2018 South African Stroke Play Championship, to turning professional that same year and winning her maiden Sunshine Ladies Tour title only two years thereafter.

Since then she’s developed a remarkable consistency that’s seen her finish within the top 10 on the Sunshine Ladies Tour’s Investec Order of Merit every year since 2019, including finishing second twice.

“I think the biggest growth in my game has been becoming more consistent with everything. In the past my weaknesses were real weaknesses. Now I’m focused on neutralising those weaknesses to where they’re not so much of a problem. That’s been the biggest growth area this year.

“Over the past few years I’ve just worked on being consistent in all areas, whether it’s in the gym, diet, on the golf course or working with my coaches. My biggest growth has been consistency is all these areas and that’s why I’ve had good results. I train hard. I diet well. I do everything that’s needed to be an athlete and not just a golfer. And that’s helped me with my golf.”


The South African revelled in playing on home soil again.

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 I do everything that’s needed to be an athlete and not just a golfer. And that’s helped me with my golf

It's set the platform for her next big target – the LPGA Tour Qualifying School at the end of this year.

“It’s a big goal of mine. I’m trying to break into the top 10 on the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit because that will get me into the Final Stage of the LPGA Tour Qualifying School.”

And yet she’s also determined not to lose focus on why she plays golf, and what she feels constitutes a successful season beyond just results inside the ropes.

“I’m also working towards finishing the year feeling like I’ve done everything I could and calling it a successful season. In the sense of finishing it off really happy and content with what I’ve done. I think it’s easy to get caught up in the results and then you’re not enjoying yourself.

“At the end of the year you’re just ready to go for the next year because you didn’t get what you wanted. I think it’s important for me to finish this year off happy, whether that’s doing well or not. That’s my focus.”


Catch Alexander’s winning shots from the final round of the ABSA Ladies Invitational.

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 I do everything that’s needed to be an athlete and not just a golfer. And that’s helped me with my golf


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