Thailand’s April Angurasaranee Takes Joburg Open First Round Lead

Thailand's April Angurasaranee took the overnight lead with a magnificent round of six under par 67 to lead the first round of the Joburg Ladies Open by two shots at the Modderfontein Golf Club on Thursday, 18 April, 2024. Photo: Troy Winfield/Sunshine Ladies Tour

Thailand’s April Angurasaranee took one look at the Modderfontein Golf Club earlier in the week and immediately liked what she saw, and her early assessment proved on the mark followingi her magnificent round of six under par 67, to lead the first round of the Joburg Ladies Open on Thursday, 18 April, 2024.

Angurasaranee birdied her opening three holes on her way to a round that earned her a two-stroke lead over this Sunshine Ladies Tour and Ladies European Tour co-sanctioned field.

Nadia van der Westhuizen is the leading South African in the group of six players on four under par and chasing Angurasaranee.

It was that opening stretch as well as a run of three birdies over the turn that gave the Thai golfer the edge on a day when Norway’s Michelle Forsland was tied for the lead with three holes to play and then finished with a bogey and a triple bogey.

“Overall it was just a really good day. There was just something about this course that caught my eye. It suits my game. I can take advantage of the par fives here, but overall this course just has something that works with my game,” said Angurasaranee, who clearly has an affinity for the month of April having been born then and from which her parents gave her the name.

On a perfect Johannesburg day, Angurasaranee was rewarded for the work she’s been doing to trust her game at this level.

“I’m really confident with my game at the moment, so I just needed to trust myself and believe I could pull it off. I hit great shots and made good putts, and had a few solid up-and-down saves today.”

But with three rounds still to go, the Thai professional is doing her best not to get ahead of herself.

“It’s still a long way to go. I’ve just got to keep my head down and keep believing in my game. I just need to keep the momentum going.”

Van Der Westhuizen is the lone South African within the top 15 on the leaderboard and didn’t drop a single shot on the opening day.

Alongside her on four under par is Singapore’s Shannon Tan, currently ranked fourth on the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit.

Day 1 Scores at the Sunshine Ladies Tour and Ladies European Tour co-sanctioned Joburg Ladies Open at the Modderfontein Golf Club on Thursday, 18 April, 2024

67 – April Angurasaranee (THA)

69 – Nadia van der Westhuizen, Aunchisa Utama (THA), Shannon Tan (SIN), Laura Fuenfstueck (GER), Verena Gimmy (GER), Alexandra Swayne (ISV)

70 – Hannah Screen (ENG), Jana Melichova (CZE), Emily Penttila (FIN), Lydia Hall (WAL), Liz Young (ENG), Chiara Tamburlini (SUI), Camille Chevalier (FRA), Kim Metraux (SUI)

71 – Tvesa Malik (IND), Isabella van Rooyen, Emma Grechi (FRA), Sara Kjellker (SWE), Manon De Roey (BEL), Nicole Garcia, Luna Sobron Galmes (ESP), Eleanor Givens (ENG), Michelle Forsland (NOR)

72 – Brittney-Fay Berger, Tereza Melecka (CZE), Anne-Charlotte Mora (FRA), Moa Folke (SWE), Stacy Bregman

73 – Sanna Nuutinen (FIN), Linda Osala (FIN), Bonita Bredenhann (NAM), Ana Pelaez Trivino (ESP), Diksha Dagar (IND), Casandra Alexander, Virginia Elena Carta (ITA), Sofie Kibsgaard (DEN), Ridhima Dilawari (IND), Lauren Walsh (IRL), Emily Price (ENG), Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA), Sofie Bringner (SWE), Tiffany Arafi (SUI)

74 – Florentyna Parker (ENG), Maria Hernandez (ESP), Alice Hewson (ENG), Cecilie Finne-Ipsen (DEN), Lisa Pettersson (SWE), Leonie Harm (GER), Helen Kreuzer (GER), Genevieve Ling (MAS), Clara Young (SCO), Annabell Fuller (ENG), Kylie Henry (SCO), Momoka Kobori (NZL), Lee-Anne Pace, Gabriella Cowley (ENG), Patricia Isabel Schmidt (GER), Maha Haddioui (MAR), Pasqualle Coffa (NED)

75 – Gemma Clews (ENG), Agathe Sauzon (FRA), Danielle du Toit, Georgina Blackman (ENG), Dorthea Forbrigd (NOR), Linnea Johansson (SWE), Dorota Zalewaska (POL), Sara Kouskova (CZE), Celine Herbin (FRA), Tiia Koivisto (FIN), Laura Sluman (PAN), Ayako Uehara (JPN), Katherine Muzi (USA), Jane Turner (SCO), Ana Dawson (IMN), Marta Martin (ESP), Madelene Stavnar (NOR), Kristyna Napoleaova (CZE)

76 – Lauren Taylor (ENG), Ivanna Samu, Harang Lee (ESP), Elin Arvidsson (SWE), Corinne Viden (SWE), Laura Beveridge (SCO), Tandi McCallum, Kiera Floyd, Carolin Kauffmann (GER), Elena Moosmann (SUI), Vani Kapoor (IND), Gia Raad (a), Lora Assad, Romy Meekers (NED)

77 – Teresa Diez Moliner (ESP), Nina Pegova (WHT), Christine Wolf (AUT), Marianne Skarpnord (NOR), Paz Marfa Sans (ESP), Vanessa Knecht (SUI)

78 – Lejan Lewthwaite, Thalia Martin (ENG), Fernanda Lira (MEX), Katja Pogacar (SVN), Olivia Mehaffey (NIR), Emie Peronnin (FRA)

79 – Mireia Prat (ESP), Elena Hualde (ESP), Cara Gorlei, Marta Sanz Barrio (ESP), Magdalena Simmermacher (ARG), Rosie Davies (ENG)

80 – Lily May Humphreys (ENG), Julie Boysen Hillestad (NOR)

81 – Maiken Bing Paulsen (NOR), Amy Walsh (AUS), Hannah Burke (ENG)

82 – Zethu Myeki

83 – Kelsey Macdonald (SCO), Felicity Johnson (ENG)

84 – Gabrielle Venter, Tara Griebenow


Original Copy: Michael Vlismas, Sunshine Ladies Tour, with editing by gsport

Photo Caption: Thailand’s April Angurasaranee took the overnight lead with a magnificent round of six under par 67 to lead the first round of the Joburg Ladies Open by two shots at the Modderfontein Golf Club on Thursday, 18 April, 2024. Photo: Troy Winfield/Sunshine Ladies Tour

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