GolfRSA National Squad member Kera Healey claimed the biggest win of her young career when she captured her respective division of the Nomads South African Juniors International on Thursday, 5 March 2020.
Healey went wire-to-wire at Rondebosch Golf Club, courtesy of a flawless seven-under-par 65 in the opening round that earned her an eight-shot lead on the field.
“It was the lowest round in my career and it was just amazing. I was sinking putts from everywhere and if I missed a green, I would up-and-down to save par. It definitely set me up for the win,” said the 17-year-old Healey.
The reigning GolfRSA Ladies Club Champion of Champions grinded out a 74 on a much tougher scoring day in the second round to stay at the summit, but was struck down with stomach cramps on the final day.
Despite the discomfort, Healey stuck it out and still managed to enjoy a comfortable four-shot victory over Bobbi Brown from Western Province and Boland golfer Megan Streicher with a final round 78.
“It’s amazing to get a big international win like this so early in the season.” – GolfRSA National Squad member, Kera Healey
“When I came down here I was thinking anyone could win this, so why couldn’t it be me. The first round everything just went my way, and I just stayed very patient in the second round. I scrambled well to hold on to the lead and I was feeling positive coming into the final round.
“When the cramps hit, I was determined to play through the pain, because I don’t like pulling out of competitions. At one point I was doubled over from the cramping and I’m really proud that I kept fighting and got the win against a really strong field.
“It’s amazing to get a big international win like this so early in the season,” Healy said. “With the Nomads SA Girls Rose Bowl Championship just two weeks away, I hope I can get over the stomach bug quickly. This win has given me a lot of confidence and I definitely want to shoot for back-to-back Nomads wins at Kloof Country Club.”
The Nomads South African Juniors International forms part of the popular Global Junior Golf, an international series of championship events played across the globe.
This year marked the ninth edition of the South African leg, and the first of three years with Nomads backing the highly-rated amateur world golf ranking event.
The tournament was hosted by Pro Golf Events from the Netherlands and further supported by Rondebosch Golf Club, Western Province Golf, GolfRSA, Market Toyota Rondebosch East, Cobra Puma Golf and Coca Cola Peninsula Beverages.
Photo 1 Caption: GolfRSA National Squad members Kera Healey and Carl Mwale claimed the biggest wins of their young careers when they captured their respective divisions of the Nomads South African Juniors International. Photo: Rondebosch Golf Club
With editing by gsport