Gauteng takes early command in Middelburg

MIDDELBURG, 23 May 2016 – Gauteng made a fast start to their title defence in the 72-Hole Teams Championship, but surprisingly it was the B-team who pushed the 2015 champions in early pole position in the Swiss Team Trophy division at Middelburg Country Club on Monday.

Kajal Mistry (left), Chiara Contomathios and Eleonora Galletti (right) from Gauteng B at the 72-Hole Teams Championship at Middelburg Country Club; credit WGSA
Kajal Mistry (left), Chiara Contomathios and Eleonora Galletti (right) from Gauteng B at the 72-Hole Teams Championship at Middelburg Country Club; credit WGSA

Lali Stander – Randpark’s Kajal Mistry offset a lone bogey at the par three sixth with birdies at three, 15 and 16 to open with a two under 70. Chiara Contomathios from Wanderers mixed three bogeys with a pair of birdies for a 73 that handed Gauteng B pole position at one-under-par 143.

Gauteng North A are three off the pace and in close pursuit, while Boland leapfrogged Gauteng A to join the chase in third spot.

Pretoria Country Club’s Danielle du Toit matched Mistry’s first round 70 and Larissa du Preez from Akasia added a 76 to put Gauteng North A firmly in the mix.

Boland’s Bianca Theron, who is home on a break from Mississippi State University, signed for a 73 and Bianca Lohbauer produced a 74.

The country’s top ranked par, Kaleigh Telfer and Ivanna Samu, returned respective rounds of 74 and 75 to secure fourth for Gauteng A on 149.

Border also enjoyed a productive debut in the A-Division.

The 2015 Challenge Trophy winners combined for six-over-par 150 to finish within striking distance of the pacesetters, thanks to a 74 from Demi Flanagan and a 76 from Siviwe Duma.

Meanwhile Casandra Hall from Ekurhuleni set the course alight with a five-under-par 67.

The Ebotse Golf and Country Estate player turned one under after a bogey at 10 and a brace of birdies at 15 and 17. She reeled in a string of four birdies on the trot from the second to rocket to the first in the Individual Competition.

Hall’s low round of the day also delivered a positive result for Ekurhuleni A.

Team-mate Sarah Bouch carded a 72 to take Ekurhuleni A to the top of the Challenge Trophy leaderboard. The team will start the second round on five-under-par 139 with a six shot cushion over Gauteng C and a 10 shot lead on KwaZulu-Natal B.

Hall leads by two from Mistry, Du Toit and Gauteng C player Symone Henriques in individual standings.

Bouch is fifth, while Theron and Contomathios tied for sixth. Telfer, Lohbauer, Flanagan shares eighth on three over with KwaZulu-Natal’s Chloe Royston. 


Round 1 Results (Best 2 scores of 3 to count)

143 Gauteng B Kajal Mistry 70 Chiara Contomathios 73

146 Gauteng North A Danielle Du Toit 70 Larissa Du Preez 76

147 Boland A Bianca Theron 73 Bianca Lohbauer 74

149 Gauteng A Kaleigh Telfer 74 Ivanna Samu 75

150 Border Demi Flanagan 74 Siviwe Duma 76

153 Gauteng North B Lenanda Van der Watt 76 Catherine Lau 77

153 Western Province A Michelle Swanepoel 76 Katia Shaff 77

155 Kwazulu Natal A Michaela Fletcher 76 Lizzie Currie 79

156 Gauteng North C Adele Beytell 78 Eugenie Clack 78

160 Western Province B Kaylah Williams 78 Aaliyah Abrahams 82

164 Southern Cape Sonja Bland 82 Desiree Geldenhuys 82

182 North West Kaitlin Joan Fensham 91 Desire Green 91


Round 1 Results (Best 2 scores of 3 to count)

139 Ekurhuleni A Casandra Hall 67 Sarah Bouch 72

145 Gauteng C Symone Henriques 70 Shawnelle De Lange 75

149 Kwazulu Natal B Chloe Royston 74 Elsune Roode 75

159 Ekurhuleni B Kiera Floyd 76 Candice Wort 83

159 Free State Chante Van Zyl 78 Zanele Mazibuko 81

161 Eastern Province Imkeleen Meyer 77 Minette Olivier 84

162 Gauteng North D Marinda Pretorius 81 Caro Els 81

163 Limpopo Ananda Lategan 81 Cherie Siebert 82

165 Western Province C Odette Booysen 81 Kayla Paulsen 84

167 Mpumalanga Chanelle Botha 83 Thandeka Hlatshwayo 84

168 Boland B Olivia Le Roux 78 Cassidy Williams 90

180 Northern Cape Lindy-Lee Kotze 90 Magdel Du Toit 90


67 Casandra Hall

70 Symone Henriques; Kajal Mistry; Danielle Du Toit

72 Sarah Bouch

73 Bianca Theron; Chiara Contomathios

74 Demi Flanagan; Chloe Royston; Bianca Lohbauer; Kaleigh Telfer

75 Shawnelle De Lange; Elsune Roode; Ivanna Samu; Caitlyn Macnab

76 Woo-Ju Son; Siviwe Duma; Michaela Fletcher; Larissa Du Preez; Lenanda Van der Watt; Kaiyuree Moodley; Kiera Floyd; Michelle Swanepoel

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