Results

KZN Championships 9th March 2014

Type of Result: 
Result Date: 
Sun 9th Mar 2014
Venue: 
Mount Edgecombe Golf Club

Our Gauteng girls took part in the KZN Championships held this weekend at Mount Edgecombe golf club. In the A Division, Kaleigh Telfer continued her great golf and was runner up to Carrie Park. Kaleigh playing off scratch carded rounds pf 75 and 72 to finish 6 shots back of Park. Woo-Ju Son, playing off a 3 handicap shot 75 and 76, Chiara Contomathios finished in 14th place after rounds of 80 and 79 and Symone Henriques was 17th with rounds of 87 and 75.

In the B Division, Kaiyuree Moodley of Bryanston won on great scores of 81 and 78. Kaiyuree played off an 11 and has been cut to a 10 after this weekend's great golf.

Mae Cornforth wins North West Championships

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Result Date: 
Mon 3rd Mar 2014
Venue: 
Goldfields West GC

Mae Cornforth gave the local crowds plenty to cheer about when she stormed to victory in the North West Championship at Goldfields West Golf Club on Monday.
Cornforth carded rounds of 71, 76 and 69 to triumph on three-under-par 216, four shots ahead of Ekurhuleni’s Sarah Bouch five clear of Gauteng North’s Magda Kruger.
The 18-year-old Potchefstroom golfer took the first round lead at the classical Bob Grimsdell-designed layout ahead of Monja Richards from Mpumalanga, who opened with a 72.
When Cornforth surrendered her advantage in the second round and slipped to third, Richards took control with a 73, while Bouch doubled up on 73s to edge into second.
However, Cornforth has enjoyed a very successful run this season and pulled on all her resources to vault past the opposition in the final round.
In early February, Cornforth reached the final of the Eastern Province Match Play and tied for fifth in the Stroke Play Championship. A few weeks later, she took sixth at the Border Championship.
Boosted by these performances and drawing on her recent good fortune on the Sunshine Ladies Tour, Cornforth decided on a game plan for the final round.
“I really wanted to win at home and I knew I needed a game plan,” Cornforth said.
“I didn’t have any kind of plan at the Eastern Province and Border Championships, so I thought about how I played the Sunshine Ladies Tour events.
“I tied for 10th at Lost City and at Glendower, I finished 16th and I outplayed a lot of professionals. I realised that in those events I played tee to green and limited my bogeys. I didn’t take unnecessary chances and I controlled my game better.
“So that is what my game plan was for the final day…solid striking from tee to green, and limiting my mistakes. I needed birdies and I needed to finish well below par, because that’s how the players like Ashleigh (Simon), Tandi (von Ruben) and Kim (Williams) play.”
Although Cornforth dropped four shots, she rallied with eight birdies to hit the magic number.
“The key was that I made a birdie for every bogey on my card,” Cornforth said. “I didn’t do that in the Eastern Province or Border Championships, but once I got it going, I knew I could win.”
Cornforth erased a bogey at the second with birdie at the third, cancelled a bogey at four with a birdie at five, and converted bogeys at 11 and 13 with birdies at 12 and 17.
“I was really pleased to birdie the 18th, too, because the moment I realised that I was winning, I duffed my second after a perfect drive down the fairway,” Cornforth admitted. “I chipped it well past the hole, but boxed a 10 meter putt for birdie. That was undoubtedly my best putt of the day.”
Kruger carded rounds of 75, 75 and 71 to take third place on two over 219, with Richards slipping to fourth on 222 after a closing 77.
In the B-Division, 12-handicapper Kaiyuree Moodley carded successive rounds of 82 to finish six strokes ahead of Lynette Pretorius on 142. Pretorius, who plays off an 11 handicap, returned rounds of 84 and 86.

TOP 10 LEADERBOARD
216 Mae Cornforth 71-76-69
220 Sarah Bouch 73-73-74
221 Magda Kruger 75-75-71
222 Monja Richard 72-73-77
226 Eugenie Clack 74-75-77
231 Michaela Fletcher 82-75-74
232 Danielle du Toit 77-77-78
235 Michelle Swanepoel 80-75-80
237 Crystal Cooper 77-82-78
240 Natasha Carlsson 85-76-79; Carmia van Wyk 82-81-77

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PHOTO: 2014 North West Championship winner, Mae Cornforth from Potchefstroom; credit WGSA.

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of Womens Golf South Africa.

Home celebrations for Cornforth

Mae Cornforth gave the local crowds plenty to cheer about when she stormed to victory in the North West Championship at Goldfields West Golf Club on Monday.
Cornforth carded rounds of 71, 76 and 69 to triumph on three-under-par 216, four shots ahead of Ekurhuleni’s Sarah Bouch five clear of Gauteng North’s Magda Kruger.
The 18-year-old Potchefstroom golfer took the first round lead at the classical Bob Grimsdell-designed layout ahead of Monja Richards from Mpumalanga, who opened with a 72.
When Cornforth surrendered her advantage in the second round and slipped to third, Richards took control with a 73, while Bouch doubled up on 73s to edge into second.
However, Cornforth has enjoyed a very successful run this season and pulled on all her resources to vault past the opposition in the final round.
In early February, Cornforth reached the final of the Eastern Province Match Play and tied for fifth in the Stroke Play Championship. A few weeks later, she took sixth at the Border Championship.
Boosted by these performances and drawing on her recent good fortune on the Sunshine Ladies Tour, Cornforth decided on a game plan for the final round.
“I really wanted to win at home and I knew I needed a game plan,” Cornforth said.
“I didn’t have any kind of plan at the Eastern Province and Border Championships, so I thought about how I played the Sunshine Ladies Tour events.
“I tied for 10th at Lost City and at Glendower, I finished 16th and I outplayed a lot of professionals. I realised that in those events I played tee to green and limited my bogeys. I didn’t take unnecessary chances and I controlled my game better.
“So that is what my game plan was for the final day…solid striking from tee to green, and limiting my mistakes. I needed birdies and I needed to finish well below par, because that’s how the players like Ashleigh (Simon), Tandi (von Ruben) and Kim (Williams) play.”
Although Cornforth dropped four shots, she rallied with eight birdies to hit the magic number.
“The key was that I made a birdie for every bogey on my card,” Cornforth said. “I didn’t do that in the Eastern Province or Border Championships, but once I got it going, I knew I could win.”
Cornforth erased a bogey at the second with birdie at the third, cancelled a bogey at four with a birdie at five, and converted bogeys at 11 and 13 with birdies at 12 and 17.
“I was really pleased to birdie the 18th, too, because the moment I realised that I was winning, I duffed my second after a perfect drive down the fairway,” Cornforth admitted. “I chipped it well past the hole, but boxed a 10 meter putt for birdie. That was undoubtedly my best putt of the day.”
Kruger carded rounds of 75, 75 and 71 to take third place on two over 219, with Richards slipping to fourth on 222 after a closing 77.
In the B-Division, 12-handicapper Kaiyuree Moodley carded successive rounds of 82 to finish six strokes ahead of Lynette Pretorius on 142. Pretorius, who plays off an 11 handicap, returned rounds of 84 and 86.

TOP 10 LEADERBOARD
216 Mae Cornforth 71-76-69
220 Sarah Bouch 73-73-74
221 Magda Kruger 75-75-71
222 Monja Richard 72-73-77
226 Eugenie Clack 74-75-77
231 Michaela Fletcher 82-75-74
232 Danielle du Toit 77-77-78
235 Michelle Swanepoel 80-75-80
237 Crystal Cooper 77-82-78
240 Natasha Carlsson 85-76-79; Carmia van Wyk 82-81-77

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PHOTO: 2014 North West Championship winner, Mae Cornforth from Potchefstroom; credit WGSA.

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of Womens Golf South Africa.

Park romps to Border Open Championship win

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Result Date: 
Mon 24th Feb 2014
Venue: 
East

Gauteng North teenager Carrie Park underlined her growing stature when she tamed gusting winds at East London Golf Club to claim the Border Open Championship title on Sunday.

The GFG Academy golfer won by a six shot victory margin on four-under-par 215 and her second victory in four months followed along the same lines as her runaway nine stroke triumph at the 33rd Ackerman Championship last October.

Park carded an opening one-over-par 74 to lag two shots behind the country’s number one ranked junior, Kaleigh Telfer, however, the overnight leader returned a second round 77 that left the door open for Park to pounce with a 73 to take a one stroke lead over Monja Richards at the 36-hole mark.

Once the 17-year-old Irene golfer hit the front, not even winds gusting at 35 kilometers an hour could hold her back.

Park collected a pair of birdies at the third and fourth holes, and reeled in a string of four gains from the ninth hole to move to six under. The Irene golfer notched yet another birdie at the par-five 15th, but her own eagerness cost her back-to-back shots at the 16th and 17th.

“We were playing into a two to three club wind and the back nine was extremely tough,” Park explained.

“I hit it well from tee to green and had been putting really well all day, especially nailing those 12 to 15 foot putts. I got a little ahead of myself and diverted from my game plan, because I was really pumped and I took the holes and I shouldn’t have.

“At the 16th, I got stuck in a bunker behind the hill and at the par-three, I took a six-iron off the tee and finished well short of the green. That was two lessons learned, so I took care with the 18th. I hit my driver too high, though, and the tee shot didn’t travel very far. I hit a three-wood for my second and it finished to the left of the green, which left me with a downhill chip.”
Park executed the chip to perfection, though, and knocked in a three-footer for par and victory.

“I’m really pleased with this win so early in the season,” Park said. “I am in matric this year and it is going to become increasingly difficult to maintain my WGSA rankings and world amateur rankings with all the preparations for exams.

“I have been putting in a lot of long hours with my coach, Graeme Francis, since last year and I’m just really pleased that all the hard work has paid off.”

Richards from Nelspruit carded rounds of 77, 71 and 73 to take second on two over 221, while recent Eastern Province Match Play champion Michaela Fletcher from Maritzburg finished two shots adrift in third after rounds of 75, 76 and 72.

Telfer takes contol at Border Open Championships

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Result Date: 
Sat 22nd Feb 2014
Venue: 
East London Golf Club

South Africa’s top ranked junior Kaleigh Telfer has set up back-to-back victories after firing an opening one-under-par 72 in high wind at the East London Golf Club to take the lead in the Border Open Championship on Saturday.

Coming off her third win in four months at the Gauteng North Junior Girls Championship at Zwartkops last weekend, the 15-year-old from Bryanston Golf Club was in imperious form at the home of the Africa Open and finished two strokes clear from Gauteng North’s Carrie Park.

KwaZulu-Natal’s Michaela Fletcher, also a winner this season, finished third with a 75, while North West’s Mae Cornforth carded a four-over-par 76 to join another 2014 champion, Bianca Theron from Boland, in fourth place.

Telfer got off to a solid start with a birdie after hitting her tee shot in the bush, and reeled in two more against a lone bogey by the time she reached the par-five 15th.

“That hole played dead into the wind, which was really starting to gust, and I was very pleased to walk off with my fourth birdie,” Telfer said, “but the last two holes was extremely tough. They both played straight into the wind, and I dropped two shots in succession.

“I feel great about the round, though, despite the closing bogeys, and I’m really looking forward to the next two rounds.”

Telfer beat former SA number one Kim Williams for the Mpumalanga Championship title in November last year and followed with a wire-to-wire win at the KwaZulu-Natal Junior Championship in December. She featured prominently at the Boland Junior Championship in January, as well.

The Gauteng golfer shot to the number one spot on the WGSA Junior Rankings with back-to-back third place finishes in the Eastern Province Stroke Play Championship at Port Elizabeth Golf Club earlier this month and at the last weekend.

Second-placed Park also made strides in the rankings when she lost the Boland Championship in play-off and scored a runaway victory in the 33rd Ackerman Championship last October. The 17-year-old GFG Academy golfer recently posted a top four and runner-up finish to solidify her number five ranking.

Considering her seasons so far, it’s not surprising to see KwaZulu-Natal’s Michaela Fletcher in contention, either

Fletcher from Maritzburg claimed the Eastern Province Match Play title earlier this month and rode her rich vein of form to a tie for third at the Sunshine Ladies Tour’s Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies a week later.

Local golfers Millie Dondashe and young Demi Flanagan carded 80 and 81 in the opening round.

The 54-hole world amateur golf ranking event will conclude with 36 holes on Sunday, 23 February 2013.

TOP 10 LEADERBOARD

72 – Kaleigh Telfer
74 – Carrie Park
75 – Michaela Fletcher
76 – Mae Cornforth, Bianca Theron
77 – Cara Gorlei, Monja Richards, Brittney-Fay Berger
78 – Magda Kruger, Imkeleen Meyer

Bianca Theron wins Gauteng North junior championships

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Result Date: 
Sun 16th Feb 2014

Bianca Theron of Devonvale golf club won the Gauteng North Junior Championships held at Zwartkops Golf Club on Sunday. Bianca carded rounds of 70 and 73 to win by 2 shots from Gauteng's Ivanna Samu on 145 with two very consistent rounds of 72 and 73. Gauteng's Kaleigh Telfer finished in third place after taking the lead through the first round with a brilliant 69 followed by a disappointing second round of 78 to finish on 147, a furhter 2 shots back from Ivanna. Woo-Ju Son 154 (76,78), Natasha Carlsson 156 (79,77), Symone Henriques 158 (82,76), Shawnelle de Lange 159 (79,80) and Eleonora Galletti 161 (88, 73) all finished in the top ten.

Kaiyuree Moodley wins B Division in Boland Junior Championships

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Result Date: 
Thu 9th Jan 2014
Venue: 
Kuils River Golf Club

12 year old Kaiyuree Moodley of Bryanston Country Club has won the B Division of the Boland Junior Championships held over the the 8th and 9th January 2014 at Kuils River Golf Club. Kaiyuree, playing off a 13 handicap, carded two rounds of 82 to win by 5 shots from fellow Gauteng golfer Cara Ford. Cara is a member at Ruimsig Country Club and she had rounds of 84 and 85. Well done to both of you.

Kaleigh Telfer of Bryanston Country Club, playing off a 1 handicap was leading the tournament after a great first round of 70 but finished in 5th place on 226 (70,78,78). Ivanna Samu of Ruimsig was one shot behind Kaleigh on 227 (77,77,73). Shawnelle de Lange of GOldfields West was 7th on 229 (77,80,72). Chiara Contomathios of Modderfontein Golf Club was in 13th place on 237 (80,83,74)

 

 

KaleighTelfer claims wire-to-wire win at KZN Junior Championships

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Result Date: 
Tue 3rd Dec 2013
Venue: 
Selborne Golf Club

 

SELBORNE (3 December) – Bryanston’s Kaleigh Telfer showed a lot of guts, grit and determination to complete a wire-to-wire victory at the KwaZulu-Natal Junior Championship at Selborne Golf Club at the weekend.

 The 15-year-old carded rounds of 75-74-75 to beat local favourite Michaela Fletcher by nine shots for the title, barely two weeks after she defeated SA number one Kim Williams for the Mpumalanga Championship. But the fact that Telfer popped in the final putt wearing only her socks, underlines the determined teenager’s competitive spirit.

 Just two days before the 54-hole stroke play tournament, Telfer ripped the nail off her big toe when she spilled off her motor bike, but pulling out of the event was just not an option.

 “I really wanted to compete in the KZN Junior Champs, because we had already made all the arrangements to travel to Selborne, it was the last event of the season and I was coming into some really good form,” said the brave youngster.

 “I felt I could deal with the injury, but I have to admit it was an agonising ordeal. But so worth it.”

 Telfer had to have her foot redressed after every nine holes and even had to play the last two holes of the final round in socks.

 “The pain was really bad down the stretch and I just couldn’t keep my shoes on once we got past the 16th. It’s fantastic to finish the season on such a high note, though, and it was definitely worth the pain.”

 Telfer rose to prominence when she claimed a rare double at her home course.

 She won the prestigious Ladies Club Championship in May and claimed the Junior Club Championship in June to become the first player to win both titles in the same calendar year. At 15, Telfer was also one of the youngest Ladies Club Championship winners since 1958 at Bryanston.

 Named the Most Improved Junior Ladies Golfer 2012/2013 by Womens Golf South Africa, Telfer currently ranks sixth on the National Junior and 10th on the National Senior Rankings. She also represented Ladies Golf Gauteng at the Pick n Pay SA Womens Inter-Provincial in 2012 and 2013 and received Federation colours for representing South African at the Enjoy Jakarta World Junior Golf Championships.

 Maritzburg’s Fletcher, meanwhile, ended her junior career with a runner-up finish after carding round of 77-75-81.

 Fletcher finished six shots ahead of Shawnelle de Lange, who took third on 239 with rounds of 79-79-81. The Goldfields golfer finished two shots clear of Mount Edgecombe’s Brittney-Fay Berger (78-85-78).

 

Telfer scores runaway victory in Mpumalanga

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Result Date: 
Tue 19th Nov 2013

MIDDELBURG (19 November 2013) – Bryanston golfer Kaleigh Telfer won the Mpumalanga Championship after two brilliant shots propelled the teenager to a runaway victory at Middelburg Golf Club on Sunday.
The 15-year-old Gauteng player shared the first round lead with SA number two Kim Williams after both players posted an opening even-par 72. However, the reigning Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur champion finished a distant second after Kelfer romped home with an eagle-birdie-par finish for a four-under-par 68 to seal her first provincial title with a six shot victory on four under 140.
Williams, always gracious in defeat, was very impressed by her opponent.
“I was so impressed by Kaleigh’s demeanour and composure throughout the round,” said Williams. “She is a great little golfer and a great fighter. Even my father, who always supports me to the final hole, was so impressed that he told me after Kaleigh’s eagle at the 16th, that I “couldn’t compete with that.”
“I think she is going to impress a lot of people in the next few years.”
The young champion was understandably ecstatic with the result.
“I knew, after seeing the course in the practice round, that it would require a low round to win this tournament, but I never expected it to be me,” she said. “I had five birdies and five bogeys in the first round and felt that I left a couple of birdies out there. I never expected to win by such a big margin, though, and I’m just thrilled to have my first provincial title under the belt.”
Telfer dropped a couple over the first nine in round two, but turned in one under and cancelled bogeys at the 10th and 14th with a pair of birdies at the 12th and 13th to take a five shot lead to the par-five 16th.
“I felt I might have a chance, especially after Kim’s triple at the 12th,” Telfer said. “You can’t take anything for granted with Kim, though, so I went for the green in two and holed the eagle putt.
“Kim made birdie, and although I knew I had to really mess to lose, I went for the green at 17th. I flew the pin, but I had a good lie on the fringe at the back of the green. I lagged it close and sunk the birdie putt and Kim responded with a birdie, again. I only relaxed once I sunk the par putt at 18 for the win.”
Meanwhile defending champion and local favourite Monja Richards claimed the Closed Champion title with a 153 gross total.
Megan Dickson beat Chante Boonstra by four shots to clinch the Silver Division (handicaps 10-18) on 171, while Trienie van den Berg clinched the Bronze Division (handicaps 19-24) on a winning total of 182.
Although Telfer and Williams dominated the final round proceedings, a couple of top juniors also impressed.
Ackerman Championship winner Carrie Park from Irene Country Club finished two shots behind Williams in third, 15-year-old Ivanna Samu from Roodepoort Golf Club claimed fourth with rounds of 74 and 77 and current number two, Magda Kruger from Centurion Country Club, shared fifth with Richards.
The juniors will have another shot at glory at the season-ending KZN Junior Championship, which will be played at Selborne Country Club from 29 November to 1 December.
 
CAPTION: Mpumalanga Championship winner Kaleigh Telfer from Bryanston Country Club; credit WGSA.

The Gus and Raymond Ackerman Championships 2013

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Result Date: 
Sun 20th Oct 2013
Venue: 
Rondebosch Golf Club

Poetic justice for Park at Ackerman Champs

Just days after she was denied the Boland Championship title in a play-off for, Gauteng North’s Carrie Park exacted her revenge with a runaway victory in the 33rd Ackerman Championship on Sunday.
The 16-year-old from Pretoria was still smarting from her defeat when she teed it up at Rondebosch Golf Club, but rounds of 74 and 72 saw her to a two-stroke lead at the 36-hole mark and this time Park was determined to finally go the full course.
While the rest of the field struggled in winds gusting up to 50km per hour, Park bravely romped to a nine stroke victory with a final round 75.
Her winning total of five-over-par 215 saw Park finish well clear of Vanessa Smith and Cara Gorlei from the Western Province, who shared second alongside newly-crowned Boland Championship match play champion Mae Cornforth on 230. First round leaders Magda Kruger and Nicole Garcia finished a further shot back in joint fifth with Lara Weinstein.

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