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Orton crowned Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur champion

13 Jul 2016

2016 Sanlam SA Women's Amateur champion Lumien Orton receives the trophy from Sanlam representative; credit WGSA

It felt as if she had come full circle when Lumien Orton won the Sanlam South African Women’s Amateur Championship at the Ebotse Links on Wednesday. The 29-year-old Orton beat the Western Cape’s Cara Gorlei 2Up in the final after earlier defeating Symone Henriques 2&1 to make the final.

But Orton had to claw her way back from being 4-down through eight holes, and she did so with some magnificent putting on the back nine. It was two strong birdies at holes 14 and 15 that helped her complete her comeback to all square.

She then went 1-up with a par on 16 as Gorlei missed a short putt to halve. They halved 17 and Orton birdied 18 to take the title.

“This was my fourth time in the match play final, so I’m delighted to have won,” she said. “When I was 4-down I didn’t think I could win. But I told myself I’ve got nothing to lose and maybe she makes some mistakes and I make a few birdies, and that’s what happened. My putting also improved on the back nine.”

Orton was one of South Africa’s top young golfers and then turned professional before deciding to take a break from the game. She regained her amateur status but stopped playing golf in 2014 and took up running instead, completing two Comrades Marathons and Two Oceans Marathons.

“This win means so much. The time I took off the game did me good. I’ve played golf from a young age and I’d lost my hunger a bit. But it’s back now.”

FINAL RESULT
Championship Division Final:
Lumien Orton beat Cara Gorlei 2-Up.
Semi-finals:
Lumien Orton beat Symone Henriques 2&1; Cara Gorlei beat Danielle du Toit 1-Up
Third place play-off:
Danielle du Toit beat Symone Henriques 3 & 2

Plate Division Final:
Jamie-Lee Daniels beat Zayb Fredericks 1Up.
Semi-finals:
Jamie-Lee Daniels beat Sonja Bland 3&2; Zayb Fredericks beat Aaliyah Abrahams 1Up.
Third place play-off:
Aaliyah Abrahams beat Sonja Bland W/O

Written and released by Michael Vlismas on behalf of Sanlam.

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