Dlamini Eyes Match Play Champs for Amateur Double

by | Jul 8, 2013

Nobuhle Dlamini set the tone for her attempt at an amateur double in this week’s Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur Championship when she won the 36-hole stroke play tournament at Milnerton Golf Club on Sunday. Photo: MVM

Nobuhle Dlamini emerged from Milnerton Golf Club’s Sunday afternoon mist with a two-stroke victory in the stroke play tournament that was no more than a warm-up for her attempt at the double in this week’s Sanlam South African Women’s Amateur Match Play Championship (The Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur Championship draw (PDF Document)).

The 36-hole stroke play serves as a seeding tournament for the main match play championship from Monday to Wednesday.

And Dlamini reinforced her status as favourite with her rounds of 75 and 68 for a total of one over par 143.

Kim Williams finished second on three over par with rounds of 74 and 71, while Michaela Fletcher was third on four over with rounds of 75 and 71.

The tougher morning conditions saw Dlamini three off the shared lead of Ji Sun Kang, Vanessa Smith and Lara Weinstein after their rounds of one-over-par 72.

But more control with her driver and a calmer afternoon saw Dlamini finish with an impressive 68 in which she birdied two of her last three holes.

“That 68 gives me a lot of confidence going into the match play,” said Dlamini, who earlier this year won the Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship by 12 strokes in Pretoria to set up her run at the double. “I hit my driver better in the second round, and on the back nine, in particular, I putted really well.”

Behind her, Williams knows all about the pressure Dlamini carries into this week. Williams was the last player to win the double in the same year, in 2010.

“All the pressure is on her this week to do the double. But Nobuhle is playing such great golf at the moment that she’ll be hard to beat.”

Sunday also delivered a shot of confidence for Fletcher, who lost in the final of this championship last year. “This was my first time playing Milnerton.

“It’s not an easy course, but it’s the kind of course I like. I came second last year, so obviously this championship means a lot to me, and I want to go one better this year.”

Results from the Sanlam South African Women’s Amateur Championship 36-hole stroke play rounds, played at the par-71 Milnerton Golf Club on Sunday, 7 July, 2013:
143 Nobuhle Dlamini (75, 68)
145 Kim Williams (74, 71)
146 Michaela Fletcher (75, 71)
148 Amy Nicola Henning (76, 72), Izel Pieters (74, 74), Bianca Theron (73, 75), Vanessa Smith (72, 76)
149 Cheronne Botha (75, 74)
150 Ji Sun Kang (72, 78), Lara Weinstein (72, 78)
151 Cara Bella Gorlei (77, 74)
153 Lejan Lewthwaite (79, 74), Nicole Garcia (78, 75)
154 Jacqui Akers (82, 72), Zayb Kippie (80, 74), Magda Kruger (79, 75), Monja Richards (79, 75), Marguerite Pienaar (74, 80)
155 Kelly Erasmus (77, 78)
156 Elzanne Kent (80, 76)
157 Bianca Lohbauer (83, 74), Kaleigh Telfer (83, 74), Tara Griebenow (78, 79)
158 Yushira Budhram (81, 77), Sonja Bland (79, 79)
160 Crystal Cooper (81, 79), Ruzanne van der Walt (81, 79)
162 Katia Shaff (85, 77), Stephanie Jane Perkins (83, 79), Natasha Ashleigh Carlsson (82, 80)
163 Sylvia Masango (85, 78), Claudia Redinger (81, 82), Olivereen Dorothea le Roux (80, 83), Daniela Viotti (78, 85)
165 Samantha Barber (88, 77), Chiara Contomathios (82, 83)
166 Ivanna Samu (82, 84)
168 Crystal Beukes (82, 86), Helena Buitendag (81, 87)
169 Jayne Mackenzie (80, 89), Lynne Behagg (79, 90)
170 Shawnelle de Lange (89, 81), Leanke Vlok (84, 86)
171 Lauren Sobotker (88, 83)
173 J-Lee Daniels (87, 86)
174 Anye Verster (89, 85), Symone Henriques (89, 85)
176 Malika Allie (88, 88)
182 Carina Pienaar (90, 92)
183 Linkie Malan (91, 92), Adrienne Kruger (89, 94)
185 Desire Green (93, 92)



(With editing by gsport)


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