Emily Pedersen: South African charged after female spectator ‘hurt’

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South African golfer Emily Pedersen has been charged with an accident involving “a female spectator” at the Ladies European Tour Dubai Ladies International Pro-Am at Altino Mentor Golf Club on Thursday.

The 22-year-old was also handed a disciplinary notice, which means she will be reported to South Africa’s Gauteng Provincial Golf Association on Thursday evening.

“Emily has not been charged with an offence which has led to a fine or loss of playing privileges,” the Ladies European Tour said in a statement.

“She was, however, reported on a charge which has to do with an accident that she was involved in on Thursday and was charged with causing serious bodily harm.”

A charge is an accusation under South African law and is defined in section 27 of the Municipal Police Act as “an allegation to cause grievous bodily harm”.

“She was seen by the police after an incident that happened on the 18th hole at Altino Mentor Golf Club during the pro-am event,” the LPGA said in a statement.

Pedersen plays on the Women’s European Tour – but the charge relates to the Dubai Ladies Pro-Am – the Middle East version of the LPGA’s Tour Championship.

Her two-year exemption expires at the end of this season.

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