South Africa’s top ranked Woo-Ju Son firmed up her bid for Nomads SA Girls Championship title when she pulled clear of the pack with an eagle-birdie finish in the second round at Orkney Golf Club on Monday.
The 16-year-old Country Club Johannesburg junior was tied for the lead at one over with Chante van Zyl from Free State and Western Province’s Kaylah Williams, but it only took her nine holes to push clear of the opposition.
Son traded birdies at the first and fifth holes for bogeys at seven and eight. She birdied the 12th but dropped further shots at 14 and 16, however, an eagle at the par five 17th catapulted her to the top of the leaderboard.
A six-time winner this season, Son signed off in style with a birdie finish for a two-under-par 70 that propelled the number one ranked junior into pole position at one under 143.
She leads by three from Jenefer Haw from Ekurhuleni, who carded a 71.
Meanwhile South Africa’s number one senior Kajal Mistry made big strides after a disappointing 77 in round one. A second round 71 moved the reigning Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur Stroke Play champion to third on 148 and she is within five shots of Son.
Joint first round leaders Van Zyl and Williams dropped from contention, though.
Van Zyl returned a 77 to finish in fourth at six over, while former Ackerman Championship winner Williams registered a 78 to finish at seven over in a tie for fifth with Caitlyn Macnab from Ekurhuleni and Lindi Coetzee from Gauteng North, who were also among the big movers on day two.
Coetzee improved seven shots on a first round 79 and MacNab followed an expensive first round 80 with a one-under-par 71.
The B-Division contest ended in a two-way tie between Gauteng pair Marine Legentil and Kim Turgut on 25 over 169.
Legentil from Country Club Johannesburg shot 83 and Turgut from Jackal Creek 84 and they hold a two shot lead on Kaylin van der Merwe from Gauteng North and Border’s Ciara Koekemoer.
The 36-hole Stableford competitions in the C- and D-Divisions got underway on Monday.
Xavier Arries from King David Mowbray scored 39 points to lead the way in the C-Division for 19-25 handicaps. The Western Province junior has a one point lead over Gauteng North’s Jutta Tecklenburg, and she is two points clear of Lize-Mari Prinsloo from Southern Cape.
Thaakirah Bickoo also collected 39 points to lead the D-Division for handicaps 26 to 32. The Eastern Province junior finished one point clear of Chloe Buss from neighbouring Border and two points clear of Fouziah Schloss from Western Province.
Second Round Scores: A-Division – Top 20:
143 Woo-Ju Son 73 70
146 Jenefer Haw 75 71
148 Kajal Mistry 77 71
150 Chante van Zyl 73 77
151 Caitlyn Macnab 80 71; Lindi Coetzee 79 72; Kaylah Williams 73 78
153 Crystal Beukes 80 73; Chiara Contomathios 77 76; Danielle du Toit 76 77; Kaiyuree Moodley 74 79
154 Brittney-Fay Berger 80 74
155 Kiera Floyd 76 79
158 Gabrielle Venter 82 76
159 Nadia van der Westhuizen 85 74; Teagan Lubbe 81 78; Aaliyah Abrahams 79 80
161 Danielle Bekker 81 80
162 Symone Henriques 85 77; Jordan Rothman 80 82; Megan Streicher 79 83
Second Round Scores: B-Division – Top 10:
169 Marine Legentil 86 83; Kim Turgut 85 84
171 Kaylin van der Merwe 87 84; Ciara Koekemoer 84 87
176 Elham Shaik 89 87; Kira Kappeler 82 94
177 Holly Lau 89 88; Mandie Badenhorst 89 88
178 Charlize Coetzer 93 85
179 Kyra van Kan 92 87; Sylken November 90 89
Round 1 Scores: C-Division – Top 5:
39 Xavier Arries 39
38 Jutta Tecklenburg 38
36 Lize-Mari Prinsloo 36
33 Marne van der Merwe 33; Cinteche du Plessis 33
Round 1 Scores: D-Division:
39 Thaakirah Bickoo 39
38 Chloe Buss 38
37 Fouziah Schloss 37
33 Lané Weenink 33
30 Rebecca Aylesbury 30
Photo 1 caption: SA’s top ranked Woo-Ju Son pulled clear of the pack in the second round at Orkney Golf Club on Monday, giving herself the best chance to close out the Nomads SA Girls Championship title chase on Tuesday. Photo: Shaun Roy / Image SA
With editing by gsport