Inspiring news out to gsport this Saturday is that South Africa’s leading women’s amateur Caitlyn Macnab has climbed to a career-high 18th in the official World Amateur Golf Ranking in September, following her second individual collegiate win, and her first victory with the Ole Miss Women’s Golf Team.
Following a stellar career on the GolfRSA amateur circuit and her victory in the Sunshine Ladies Tour’s 2021 Sunshine Ladies Tour’s Jabra Ladies Classic, the former double SA Amateur champion took up a golf scholarship at Texas Christian University in 2021.
She excelled at No 1 for the Frogs and notched her first collegiate title in the Schooner Fall Classic, where she fired rounds of 69, 67 and 64 to win on 10-under-par 20. Her six-under 64 in the final round was a career-best and tied the second-lowest score posted in TCU history.
At the start of the 2023 | 2024 season, the 21-year-old Ekurhuleni golfer transferred to the University of Mississippi at the, and immediately impressed.
She backed up a top five finish in her first start at the Cougar Classic with victory in the Mason Rudolph Championship, finishing the event as the only player in the field to return three sub-70 rounds.
Signing for rounds of 69, 67 and 68 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club’s North Course in Franklin, Tennessee, Macnab celebrated a two-shot triumph on 12-under-par 204 and helped Ole Miss to a fifth-place finish overall.
In recognition of her success in Tennessee, Macnab was named SEC Women’s Golfer of the Week for the first time in her career, although she was named the All-Big 12, First-Tam Academic All-Big 12, and Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team during her time at TCU.
She also received All-American Honorable Mentions from the Womens Golf Coaches Association back-to-back in 2022 and 2023.
Macnab had the distinct honour of flying the flag for South Africa in the prestigious invitation-only Augusta National Women’s Amateur twice, where she finished 11th and ninth respectively in 2022 and 2023.
The Serengeti golfer will represent South Africa in the Espirito Santo Trophy in Abu Dhabi in October alongside fellow GolfRSA National Squad members Kajal Mistry and Megan Streicher.
This marks her third appearance in the World Team Amateur Championships. She made her debut in Ireland in 2018, and again in France last year.
Photo 1 Caption: South Africa’s top-ranked Caitlyn Macnab broke into the top 20 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings following her second collegiate win in the Mason Rudolph Championship. Photo: Ole Miss Athletics
Photo 2 Caption: South Africa’s top-ranked Caitlyn Macnab celebrates with the Ole Miss Women’s Golf Team at the Mason Rudolph Championship. Photo: Ole Miss Athletics