Maru Chokwe Wins Silver Division at the SA Women’s Stroke Play Championship

Young Botswana golf sensation Maru Chokwe has won the Silver Division in the 2024 SA Women’s Stroke Play on her debut, following a 7-shot victory at the Modderfontein Golf Club on Tuesday, 6 February, 2024. Photo: GolfRSA

Young Botswana golf sensation Maru Chokwe has won the Silver Division in the 2024 SA Women’s Stroke Play on debut, following a 7-shot victory with rounds of 83, 81 and 81 at the Modderfontein Golf Club on Tuesday, 6 February, 2024. 

With her win, the Royal Johannesburg junior progresses with the top 32 on the final leaderboard advanced to the Championship Division, where she will play in her first SA Women’s Amateur tournament.

“The course was in good condition, I love the course. My game was very good, there were some hard holes especially the ones protected with water Buy I managed to get through all of them and managed to score. 

Botswana’s Maru Chokwe, winner of the Silver Division at the 2024 SA Women’s Stroke Play

“I had a lot of pressure from Amy (Stanton), I loved the pressure but it was something different, as I’ve never led a major tournament like this, so I’m very happy for the opportunity, I can’t wait for more!”

Having claimed a seven-shot victory with rounds of 83, 81 and 81, Chokwe credited her coach Gavan Levenson with the win. 

“My coach and I worked on my game, but he really prepared me well to keep calm and to stay in the moment. knowing it would be the first time that I would play in such a prestigious tournament. That really helped me, especially on the tough holes where water comes into play,” Chokwe said.

Chokwe started playing golf at 13 years old and her biggest dream as a golfer is to play on the LPGA tour.

With her tournament total of 254 result at Modderfontein Golf Club, Chokwe has landed in the bottom draw, and teenager is looking forward to taking her winning form into her first SA Women’s Amateur Championship. 

“I haven’t played much match play, so I am going to do my best just to play hole-for-hole and not to get influenced by my opponent. Match Play is very different, because you can easily drop and go down. The trick is to remember that you just have to win a hole to square the match and that is what I will focus on.”

2024 SA Women’s Stroke Play Silver Edition Top 10

Maru Chokwe 
Danielle Chong
Amy Stanton 
Holly Duddy 
Loma Steynberg
Keisha Wiltshire
Rita Teka 
Monique Fourie
Natasha Murray
Tokollo Dlamini


Main Photo Caption: Young Botswana golf sensation Maru Chokwe has won the Silver Division in the 2024 SA Women’s Stroke Play on her debut, following a 7-shot victory at the Modderfontein Golf Club on Tuesday, 6 February, 2024. Photo: GolfRSA

Photo 2 Caption: Chokwe said: “I loved the pressure but it was something different, as I’ve never led a major tournament like this, so I’m very happy for the opportunity, I can’t wait for more!” Photo: GolfRSA

Photo 3 Caption: Seen here celebrating the special moment with mom and sister, Chokwe started playing golf at 13 years old and her biggest dream as a golfer is to play on the LPGA tour. Photo: GolfRSA

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