Brilliant Gina Leads on Round 2

Local
amateur Gina Switala carded a brilliant second-round 66 to
tie for the lead at -7 under par with England’s Rebecca Hudson and Norwegian
Marianne Skarpnord, after the second round of the WPGA Masters at Parkview Golf
Course on Thursday.

18-year-old
Gina Switala from Pretoria
couldn’t have asked for a better start with a birdie on her
opening hole. She went on to drop a shot on the par three 3rd
hole but came back immediately with two birdies on the 4th and
8th holes.

Switala
carded her only other bogey for the day on the 9th hole where she
pushed her drive and could only chip out from there.

It was on
the back nine when Switala said she started to enjoy herself. Hitting the
greens on the 10th , 11th and 14th she carded three further
birdies. She went on to hole two great putts on the 16th and 17th
to save par, only to miss out on yet another birdie on the 18th which
would have put her in the lead.

Local hero
Ashleigh Simon, just one off the pace from the leaders, once again dazzled
spectators as she mirrored her first round performance with a run of five
consecutive birdies on the back nine from the 11th hole through to the
15th.

Simon carded
a 67, a round of -5 under par for the day, while first round
overnight leader South African Morgana Robbertze played impressively to card a one-under
par 71 for her second round.

Ranked 19th
on the Ladies European Tour, Hudson’s
quality play started off from the 1st tee, birding the first hole rolling
in a six foot putt which set the pace for the six birdies to follow.

She had back
to back birdies on the 3rd and 4th holes, only to drop a
shot on the par three 5th , where she drove into the
bunker and was not able to get up and down from there. The 7th saw
Hudson hole a
10-foot putt, but it was on the 8th were she saved par
holing an enormous 20-footer .

On the back
nine Hudson had
a run of birdies after hitting close approach shots on the 12th,
13th and 14th holes. Her approach shot to the 16th
green was within tapping distance for her final birdie of the day.

Skarpnord,
who represented Norway
in the 2007 Women’s World Cup of Golf, started her round on the 10th
today. Unlike yesterday where she didn’t make any putts, today
they dropped. "My putting was so much better than yesterday", said a very
pleased Skarpnord.

With a
similar run to that of Hudson, Skarpnord made her first birdie on the 12th
with a further two birdies on the 13th and 14th holes. She
carded a single bogey on the 16th were she pushed her five wood to
the right hitting a tree.

Punching a
low five iron, she caught yet another tree on the left and was unable
to recover .With her approach shot on the 17th, one metre
from the hole, she comfortably rolled the putt in for a birdie.

On
the next hole she once again rolled in a 7-metre birdie
putt , and carded a further two birdies on the 3rd and 6th
holes .

Uganda‘s opening round overnight leader
Nora Kagonyera carded a disappointing 76 to slip down seven shots off the pace,
and a tournament 144 before the final day’s play.

The final
round of the WPGA Masters gets underway at the Parkview Golf Club from 07h00 on
Friday, with the leaders off at 09h00. Entrance is free.

WPGA
Masters Round 2 Scores:
137 Gina
Switala * 71 66; Marianne Skarpnord (Nor) 71 66; Rebecca Hudson (Eng) 71 66
138
Ashleigh Simon 71 67
139
Morgana Robbertze 68 71; Lee-Anne Pace 69 70; Ashleigh Holmes * 71 68
140 Anna Temple (Usa)
71 69
141 Lill
Kristin Saether (Nor) 69 72; Mercia
Pretorius * 72 69; Laurette Maritz 72 69; Anne-Lise Caudal (Fra) 71 70; Stacy
Bregman 72 69
142 Mandy
Adamson 72 70
143 Lisa
Holm Sorensen (Den) 73 70; Kaisa Ruuttila (Fin) 74 69; Anna Becker-Frankel
(Swe) 70 73
144
Frederique Seeholzer (Swi) 70 74; Nora Kagonyera (Uga) 68 76
145 Tandi
von Ruben * 73 72; Julie Tvede (Den) 71 74; Antonella Cvitan (Swe) 70 75
146 Kim
Williams * 74 72; Bertine Strauss * 73 73
147 Marne Roos * 73 74; Jo Clingan (Eng) 76 71
148
Cecilie Lundgreen (Nor) 74 74; Nora Angehrn (Swi) 74 74
149
Henriette Frylinck * 73 76
150 Tsebo
Betty Mokoena 76 74; Emma Lyons (Eng) 76 74; Sohvi Harkonen (Fin) 75 75;
Michelle de Vries  75 75; Bonita Bredenhann * (Nam) 74 76
151
Jillian Wyne (Can) 79 72; Zuzana Kamasova (Svk) 77 74; Yushire Budhram * 76 75;
Maria  Beautell (Esp) 75 76
152 Zelda
Smook * 82 70; Florence
Luscher (Swi) 75 77; Kirsty Fisher (Eng) 79 73; Connie Chen * 75 77; Julie
Berton (Fra) 78 74; Nicole Becker * 80 72
153 Stenna
Westerlund (Fin) 78 75; Crizelda van Niekerk 82 71; Nicole Carlse * 76 77;
Sandra Carlborg (Swe) 79 74
154
Stephanie Ruiz (Usa)
78 76; Monja Richards 74 80
155 Sheila
Miao * (Cn) 79 76
156 Lara
Weinstein * 81 75
157 Jenna
Schonfeld * 79 78; Amber Du Toit *  78 79
158 Esther
Strous (Neth) 80 78; Caryn Louw 82 76; Michelle Leigh *  82 76; Kelly
Hutcherson (Eng) 84 74; Odette Grotepas * 78 80; Kim Brookes * 79 79
159 Mareli
Joubert * 80 79; Nicole Garcia * 79 80; Lameez Boughan * 81 78
160 Emma
Mafa * 85 75
161 Tirsa
Matthysen * 79 82; Santie Koch 74 87
162
Madeleine Kleinhaus * 82 80
163
Monique Kruijer * 80 83; Biance Barnard * 80 83
165
Jessica Meyer * 78 87; Lise Botha 85 80
166 Sune
Du Plooy * 84 82
169 Alana
van Greuning * 81 88
 
(*) denotes amateur
South African unless otherwise denoted
 
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