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KZN seizes 72-Hole Team Champs crown

25 May 2017

The victorious KwaZulu-Natal A team, winners of the Swiss Team Trophy at the 72-Hole Teams Championship at Polokwane Golf Club; credit GolfRSA.

Michaela Fletcher, Brittney-Fay Berger and Elsune Roode thwarted Gauteng North’s bid for a hat-trick of titles in the 72-Hole Teams Championship at Polokwane Golf Club on Wednesday.

Repeating their winning performance in Mossel Bay three years ago, the KwaZulu-Natal trio caught the defending champions and secured the Swiss Team Trophy with a superb final round effort.

Gauteng A set the pace with an opening 144.

KwaZulu-Natal A trailed by two shots and Ekurhuleni A was a further stroke back, however, successive rounds of 144 for KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday saw the 2014 champions overhaul Gauteng A and finish in pole position alongside Ekurhuleni A, who combined for a second round 143 and posted 144 in the third round.

“Our goal for this year’s event was to try and dethrone Gauteng, but although we talked a big game, we were not certain we could pull it off,” said Roode. “Going into the final round tied with Ekurhuleni and having a three shot cushion over Gauteng really boosted our resolve to fight for the title.”

Fletcher and Berger produced a pair of 72s in the final round to seal the deal for KwaZulu-Natal. The winners signed off with a total score of 578 to beat Gauteng by two strokes.

“We came into the tournament as the underdogs and that label suited us just fine,” said Fletcher. “We slowly worked our way to the top by keeping things simple. Our game plan was to try to beat our opponent’s score in each round and that’s how we pushed to the finish line.”

Memphis University student Fletcher also won the Governor’s Cup as the leading individual in the 72-hole championship on three-under-par 285.

Gauteng’s Kaleigh Telfer, who aided Gauteng to second on 580, was second on even-par 288 and 15-year-old Caitlyn Macnab, who helped Ekurhuleni to third on 585, finished third on 291.

Berger, who played some great golf to finish in a tie for fourth on 293, was over the moon to share in the team’s victory.

“I played in the B-team in 2014 and it was so exciting to cheer the A-team to victory in Mossel Bay, sp I am really happy to be part of the winning team this year,” said the Kloof golfer. “Michaela and Elsune were so supportive and I loved the experience. I think seeing us beat the powerhouses will encourage the other smaller unions and inspire them to dream big and reach for the stars.”
Gauteng did not go home empty-handed, though.

Kelsey Nicholas, Lynette Fourie and Kaiyuree Moodley combined for rounds of 153, 147, 148 and 156 to win the Challenge Trophy. The Gauteng C threesome scored a runaway 14 stroke victory over Kiera Floyd, Jenefer Haw and Carmen Taljaard from Ekurhuleni B.

Swiss Team Trophy Results

578 Kwazulu Natal A 146 144 144 144
580 Gauteng A 144 142 151 143
585 Ekurhuleni A 147 143 144 151
594 Gauteng B 149 145 147 153
595 Gauteng North A 151 151 143 150
601 Southern Cape 149 151 150 151
610 Border 153 153 152 152
611 Western Province A 150 145 160 156
615 Boland A 149 151 159 156
633 Western Province B 162 158 157 156
660 Gauteng North B 162 162 168 168
673 Gauteng North C 169 162 172 170

Challenge Trophy Results

604 Gauteng C 153 147 148 156
618 Ekurhuleni B 155 154 154 155
624 Free State 155 161 157 151
625 Kwazulu Natal B 160 154 159 152
648 Western Province C 164 158 164 162
649 Mpumalanga 161 158 166 164
650 North West 162 166 166 156
659 Boland B 170 162 160 167
706 Eastern Province 179 176 175 176
709 Limpopo 179 177 185 168
725 Northern Cape 186 174 181 184

Governor’s Cup (Individual 72-hole Result)

285 Michaela Fletcher 72 72 69 72
288 Kaleigh Telfer 73 71 74 70
291 Caitlyn Macnab 75 70 70 76
293 Brittney-Fay Berger 74 72 75 72; Woo-Ju Son 71 71 77 74
296 Zethu Myeki 74 73 74 75
298 Kiera Floyd 76 72 75 75
299 Lenanda van der Watt 73 78 75 73
300 Eleonora Galletti 77 73 77 73; Casandra Hall 72 73 74 81
301 Larissa du Preez 79 75 70 77; Symone Henriques 74 72 73 82
302 Kajal Mistry 78 74 77 73; Laila Hrindova 77 75 75 75; Crystal Beukes 74 72 79 77
303 Chiara Contomathios 75 74 74 80
305 Kelsey Nicholas 75 73 78 79; Ethel Ruthenberg 72 79 75 79
306 Catherine Lau 78 76 73 79; Kelly Erasmus 76 74 79 77

The victorious KwaZulu-Natal A team, winners of the Swiss Team Trophy at the 72-Hole Teams Championship at Polokwane Golf Club; credit GolfRSA.
(Left to right: Brittney-Fay Berger, Michaela Fletcher and Elsune Roode with Womens Golf South Africa vice president Sarah Braude). 

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of GolfRSA, a SAGA and WGSA Not-For-Profit company.

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