Kelli Top-Ranked for Amateurs

SA's top-ranked senior amateur golfer Kelli Shean is raking in the silverware, most recently winning the West Lakes Ladies Club Championships by 25 shots in her preparation for Sunday’s Sanlam SA Amateur Championships.Kelli Shean is on a roll, and prior to her departure in August to join the Arkansas College in the USA on a full sports scholarship, is keen to pick up the Sanlam SA Amateur Championship’s Stroke Play trophy in George this weekend, a bit of silverware that has somehow eluded this local talent.

“I’m going to try my all to win the SA Amateur Stroke Play or Match Play, whatever it is that I can win, I’m just going to try my best,” said Kelli Shean. “Obviously tough competition, with Bertine (Strauss) coming up, and Ashleigh (Simon).”

“The competition’s not exactly the easiest, but at the moment I feel very comfortable with my game, after the Pro Tour, and the SA Amateur is my next goal, maybe try to win that (laughs).”

Kelli has won the tournament’s Match Play trophy in 2005, but will be going head-to-head this year against friend and competitor Ashley Simon, who is defending champion in both the Stroke Play and Match Play disciplines, and who is also on a hot streak at the moment.

But Kelli has packed some punch herself in the past few days, after winning her home West Lakes Ladies Club Championships for a fourth time in five years, with scores of 69 and 70, to finish 5 under, and 25 shots ahead of 2nd place. “Since it’s my last year here, there was no way I was going to miss it,” said Kelli.

This young South African golfing star has won the competition since 2003, with the exception of the 2006  event, which Kelli missed opting rather to play in the KwaZulu-Natal Championships, in what turned out to be a inspired decision to qualify as one of three victorious South African golfers in the World Amateur Team Golf Championships.

And as of the 17 March 2007, Kelli now ranks as South Africa’s top-rated senior amateur golfer on the Order of Merit table, published by the South African Ladies Golf Union.

“Orders of Merit is just a way to show how consistent you’ve been playing, if your results have consistently been up near the top, your points will be better.

“It’s been a goal of mine to be No. 1 in the country, obviously being above Ashleigh (Simon) is quite a huge thing, ‘cause she’s obviously playing in the World Cup.

“I totally admire everything she’s been doing, so it feels absolutely awesome to be on top. But beneath all of that, when we play in competitions with Ashleigh, we don’t look at the Order of Merit, we just compete against our own games.”

In her preparation for Sunday’s South Africa Amateur Champs, Kelli is spending time with Hannes van Niekerk (of the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation), and is delighted to receive some expert coaching.

“George Harvey is obviously a very good coach, and it’s nice for me to come down to the Foundation for four-five days at a time, and get to work with him every single day. The opportunity to come down here four days before the SA Amateurs, obviously makes it a lot better for me.”

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