Bregman Champions Harsh Greens

South African, Stacy Bregman
takes charge with a two shot lead after the first round of the Pam Golding
Ladies International on the Ladies African Tour being played at the Nelspruit
Golf Club.
"I seemed
to sink all the putts on the difficult holes today, and missed the short
ones!" said a very happy Bregman after her opening round on Thursday. 

The heat was unbearable for most players, except for the
leader Bregman who played a solid best round for a score of 68 to go -4 under
par for the tournament. Bregman’s first birdie fell on the par three 3rd
hole, only to miss a back-to-back birdie chance on the following par five 5th
hole, where she was on the green in two, only to three-putt for par.

The only bogey of the day for Bregman came on the par four
6th hole. After her tee shot went into the rough, she managed to
chip out, but then fell short only to see her ball lip out for a par on this
hole. Her luck changed when she had a near eagle opportunity on the 9th
hole to turn on -2 under.

"The course can be quite punishing. The greens are only
five months old, so they are not as smooth as you would like them to be", said
Bregman who played a steady back nine.  Carding a further two birdies,
Bregman finished two shots clear of fellow South African Morgana Robbertze.

Robbertze also felt that the tough course played its part. "Besides
being extremely hot today, you have to play really smartly. This course is
tougher than the last two weeks on tour," said a weary Robbertze.

Robbertze started off the 10th tee, and bogeyed
the first two holes. She managed to settle a little when she sank a
fifteen footer on the par four 15th hole for her first birdie of the

On the 16th, she drove her tee shot into the
rough on the right of the fairway. Although her second shot was a good low one
out from under the trees, she pulled her chip a little, and carded a further

Just before the turn on the par-three 17th,
Robbertze hit a good approach shot and holed a brilliant thirty footer to turn
+1 over par. Still a bit shaky from a stomach bug, Robbertze seems to settle
her game after the turn. Taking a seven iron approach shot, she just missed an
eagle opportunity on the par five 1st hole. 

She then had good putts on both the 4th and 5th
holes to claim her final birdies of the day for a score of 70, -2 under par for
the tournament. Leading amateur after the first round is Gauteng’s Tandi von Ruben who carded a 73,
+1 over par, just one shot clear of defending champion Lee-Anne Pace.

The second round of the Pam Golding Ladies International
gets underway at the Nelspruit Golf Club from 11h00 tomorrow.  Entrance is


Round 1 Scores of the Pam Golding Ladies International, at
the Nelspruit Golf Club (Par 72):
68 Stacy
70 Morgana
71 Johanna
Westerberg (SWE); Anna Temple (USA);
Lisa Holm Sorensen (DEN)
72 Maria
Boden (SWE)
73 Tandi
von Ruben*; Julie Tvede (DEN); Marianne Skarpnord (NOR); Emma Lyons (ENG); Jo
Clingan (ENG)
74 Emma
Zackrisson (SWE); Lee-Anne Pace; Rebecca Hudson (ENG); Julie Berton (Fra)
75 Sandra
Winter*; Hanna-Leena Salonen (FIN); Kaisa Ruuttila (FIN); Kelly Hutcherson
(ENG); Ashleigh Holmes*; Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA); Maria Beautell (ESP)
Crizelda van Niekerk; Lill Kristin Saether (NOR); Rose Naliaka (KEN); Florence
Luscher (SWI); Zuzana Kamasova (SVK); Bonita Bredenhann* (NA); Anna
Becker-Frankel (SWE)
77 Gina
Switala*; Caroline Afonso (FRA); Mandy Adamson
78 Cecilie
Lundgreen (NOR); Nora Kagonyera (UGA); Antonella Cvitan (SWE); Sandra Carlborg
79 Kim
Williams*; Margherita Rigon (ITA); Laurette Maritz; Ana Larraneta (ESP); Sune
Du Plooy*; Lise Botha; Karin Borjeskog (SWE)
Frederique Seeholzer (SWI); Mercia
Pretorius*; Caryn Louw
81 Jillian
Wyne (CAN); Carmen Alonso (ESP)
82 Esther
Strous (NETH); Monja Richards; Kirsty Fisher (ENG)
83 Stenna
Westerlund (FIN); Nora Angehrn (SWI)
Stephanie Ruiz (USA); Michelle de Vries
85 Alana
van Greuning*
86 Nicole
Mariette Language*; Monique Kruijer*
94 Biance


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