Kyra van Kan Strengthens her Africa Amateur Golf Championship Lead

Round 1 leader Kyra van Kan of South Africa lines up a putt during day two. The South African shot a par round 2 to extend her lead by 1 shot during day 2 of the Amateur Women's Invitational at Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, South Africa, on Thursday, 22 February, 2024. Photo: Octavio Passos/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

Kyra van Kan strengthened her hold on the lead in the Africa Amateur Women’s Invitational after a one-under-par 71 on day 2 of the inaugural African Amateur Championship at Leopard Creek in Mpumalanga, South Africa, on Thurday, 22 February, 2024.

The South African recovered from back-to-back double bogeys before the turn to maintain her nerve and respond with three birdies in a row during the back nine.

“I played really nicely on the back nine and made three birdies in a row on 13, 14 and 15. I was really happy to par the 18th hole. That hole doesn’t sit particularly well with me. I’m glad I finished pretty well today.”

Inaugural Africa Amateur Women’s Invitational Round 2 Leader, Kyra van Kan 

The 18-year-old carded the best round of the inaugural tournament’s field to increase her advantage by 1 shot, earning a six shots overnight lead over compatriot Gia Raad, on a one-under-par total of 143. 

“I got off to a good start and was two-under through six holes but unfortunately I messed up on seven and eight, and made two doubles in a row,” said van Kan. “I was back to square one but I just pulled myself together and refocused.”

SA Amateur champ Gia Raad proved her worth on Thursday, shooting the most economical round of the day to make amends for an uncharacteristic opening 18, her two-under par bringing her back from a 10th place first round to the lead chaser, five shots off Van Kan.

Kenya’s Chanelle Wangari Mwangi lies one shot behind Raad on the inaugural championship’s Leaderboard after two rounds, the best of the rest of Africa by far after two solid rounds placing her three shots ahead of Bobbi Brown, who lies 9 shots off the lead.

Kesha Louw on 154 after two rounds leads a buncyh of hard-chasing South Africa patriots in Kaiyuree Moodley and Ellandri van Heerden tied for sixth, and Zané Kleynhans two shots further back before Kenyans Mercy Nyabande (158 in 9th) and Naomi Wafula (159 in 10th) close out the Leaderboard top 10.

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The Inaugural African Amateur Championship Second Round Leaderboard, at Leopard Creek in Mpumalanga, South Africa, on Thursday, 22 February, 2024

Pos Name (Country)  To par (R1, R2) Total
1. Kyra van Kan (RSA) -1 (72, 71) 143
2. Gia Raad (RSA) +5 (79, 70) 149
3. Chanelle Wangari Mwangi (KEN) +6 (76, 74) 150
4. Bobbi Brown (RSA) +9 (75, 78) 153
5. Kesha Louw (RSA) +10 (75, 79) 154
T6. Kaiyuree Moodley (RSA) +11 (79, 76) 155
T6. Ellandri van Heerden (RSA)  +11 (76, 79) 155
8. Zané Kleynhans (RSA) +13 (80, 77) 157
9. Mercy Nyabande (KEN) +14 (84, 74) 158
10. Naomi Wafula (KEN) +15 (77, 82) 159
11. Margret Nyamukondiwa (ZIM) +16 (81, 79) 160
12. Madina Iddy Hussein (TZA) +18 (79, 83) 162
13. Abir Taibi (MAR) +19 (86, 77) 163
T14. Kudzai Mandava (ZIM) +20 (82, 82) 164
T14. Vicky Elia (TZA) +20 (81, 83) 164
T14. Sonia Bayahya (MAR) +20 (76, 88) 164
17. Serah Khanyereri (KEN) +21 (82, 83) 165
18. Ashley Ouma (KEN) +25 (81, 88) 169
Rtd. Primross Chikwaya (ZIM) +23 (81, .) 81


Original Copy: RandA.org, with editing by gsport

Main Photo Caption: Round 1 leader Kyra van Kan of South Africa lines up a putt during day two. The South African shot a par round 2 to extend her lead by 1 shot during day 2 of the Amateur Women’s Invitational at Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, South Africa, on Thursday, 22 February, 2024. Photo: Octavio Passos/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

Photo 2 Caption: SA Amateur champ Gia Raad proved her worth on Thursday, shooting the most economical round of the day to make amends for an uncharacteristic opening 18. Photo: Octavio Passos/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

Photo 3 Caption: Kenya’s Chanelle Wangari Mwangi lies one shot behind Raad on the inaugural championship’s Leaderboard after two rounds, the best of the rest of Africa by far. Photo: Octavio Passos/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

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