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Rothman slays Mistry at SA Women’s Amateur

17 Jul 2017

Jordan Rothman from Western Province; credit Petri Oeschger / GolfRSA.

Kajal Mistry’s dreams of a calendar double is over. The Randpark junior hoped to lift both premier amateur titles this season, but her bid was crushed by petite Jordan Rothman who dispatched the country’s number one ranked golfer on day one of the Sanlam South African Women’s Amateur Championship at Stellenbosch Golf Club.

Having defeated Meagan Streicher from Boland 5 & 4 in Monday’s first round, the 14-year-old from Durbanville Golf Club showed some real heart in her match against Mistry in the afternoon.

“When I learned I was playing Kajal in the second round, I just felt pressure,” admitted Rothman. “I kept telling myself to play my own game, not to get desperate if I lost a hole and to take it a shot at a time. I felt that if I could keep the margin small, I would have a chance.”

She lost the fourth hole to Mistry, but it took just 10 holes for Rothman to take charge.

“I boxed a five-footer at 10 for birdie and two putted for par to win 11,” said Rothman. “Kajal lost her second shot in the water at 12 and I two-putted for par to win and go 3-up.”

The Womens Golf Western Province HPC Coaching Programme Squad player also lost 13, but won 14 to keep the advantage.

“Kajal rallied win 15 with a par and 16 with a birdie, but I just kept my head down and tried to shoot for fairways and greens over the last three holes,” said Rothman. “We both hit our tee shots down the fairway at 17, and Kajal hit it close to the flag with her second. I told myself not to get fancy and I hit a good shot, but the ball pitched the green and spun off. I was only three feet off the green and putted up. The ball finished an inch from the hole and Kajal gave me the par. Then her birdie putt went right around the hole and lipped out, so we halved the hole.”

Rothman sealed the 2-up victory when she won the final hole with a birdie.

“My drive went down the middle, but Kajal went into the trees and she left her second short. There were so many people watching around the green and on the clubhouse veranda and my heart was in my mouth. I just told myself to get on the green and I hit a seven-iron dead-centre. I had made putts from everywhere all day, and all I had to do was two-putt from 30 feet. But those were the toughest two putts and I was so relieved when it was over. It was an honour to play against Kajal She had some really bad breaks, but she fought like a champion and never gave up.”

And Rothman was not the only junior to impress on day one.

Sixteen-year-old Crystal Beukes from Boland mowed down Ethel Ruthenberg from Southern Cape 8 & 7 and 15-year-old Kaylah Williams from Western Province beat Boland’s Nina Grey 2-up. GolfRSA Elite Squad member Symone Henriques and Chiara Contomathios both needed an extra hole, but the Gauteng pair also got the job done. Henriques eliminated Kelsey Nicholas and Contomathios downed Caro Els from Namibia.

Els’ compatriot, Jessica Dreesbeimdieke, is still in the running. The lanky Windhoek Country Club player handed Lizzie Currie a 5 & 4 drubbing to extend her stay in the Boland.

Larissa du Preez from Gauteng North and Katia Shaff from Western Province served up two more surprises. Du Preez beat Kansas State University’s Tash Carlsson 1-up win and Schaff dispatched reigning Nomads SA Girls Rose Bowl champion Kaiyuree Moodley 4 & 2.

The rest of the tournament favourites – Cara Gorlei, Kaleigh Telfer, Danielle du Toit, Bianca Lohbauer, Zethu Myeki and Sarah Bouch – all advanced to round three.

Milnerton’s Gorlei, a third-year student at the University of Arkansas and the runner-up last year, jettisoned Elsune Roode from KwaZulu-Natal 6 & 4 and Lohbauer, on her summer break from Troy University, downed fellow Boland golfer Cassidy Williams 4 & 3.

Gauteng’s Telfer trounced local golfer Annalie Swanepoel 8 & 6 and Du Toit from Gauteng North routed Cara Ford from Gauteng 7 & 6.

Myeki and Bouch had to work a bit harder and won their respective matches against Gabrielle Venter from Free State and Bianca Wernich from Boland 1-up.

In the final two matches, Gauteng North's Lindi Coetzee beat Lynette Fourie from Gauteng 1-up and Vicki Traut from Boland won 3 & 2 against Chante van Zyl from Free State.

All the players but two in the Plate Division had a first round bye. Monique Jansen beat Senayah Moodliar. Jansen 2 & 1 to advance to Tuesday’s second round.

Championship Division Round 2 Results
Cara Gorlei beat Elsune Roode 6 & 4;
Larissa du Preez beat Natasha Carlsson 1Up;
Symone Henriques beat Kelsey Nicholas 19th Hole;
Crystal Beukes beat Ethel Ruthenberg 8 & 7;
Bianca Lohbauer beat Cassidy Williams 4 & 3;
Sarah Bouch beat Bianca Wernich 1Up;
Jordan Rothman beat Kajal Mistry 2Up;
Katia Shaff beat Kaiyuree Moodley 4 & 2;
Kaleigh Telfer beat Annalie Swanepoel 8 & 6;
Lindi Coetzee beat Lynette Fourie 1Up;
Kaylah Williams beat Nina Grey 2Up;
Zethu Myeki beat Gabrielle Venter 1Up;
Jessica Dreesbeimdieke beat Lizzie Currie 5 & 4;
Chiara Contomathios beat Caro Els 19th Hole;
Danielle du Toit beat Cara Ford 7 & 6;
Vicki Traut beat Chante Van Zyl 3 & 2;

Championship Division Round 1
Elsune Roode beat Laylaah Abrahams 1Up;
Larissa du Preez beat Monique Jansen 8 & 6;
Natasha Carlsson beat Senayah Moodliar 1Up;
Kelsey Nicholas beat Cleo Jordaan 5 & 3;
Ethel Ruthenberg beat Shani Brynard 7 & 5;
Cassidy Williams beat Jessica Green 7 & 6;
Sarah Bouch beat Ciara Koekemoer 5 & 4;
Jordan Rothman beat Megan Streicher 5 & 4;
Katia Shaff beat Talli De Wet 8 & 6;
Annalie Swanepoel beat Aaliyah Abrahams 3 & 2;
Lynette Fourie beat Annerie Coetzee 5 & 3;
Nina Grey beat Megan O’Grady 1Up;
Zethu Myeki beat Petrone Rudolph 7 & 6;
Lizzie Currie beat Lynne Behagg 4 & 3;
Caro Els beat La-Eeqah Adams 8 & 7;
Cara Ford beat Cherylynn Croome 6 & 5;
Chante Van Zyl beat Iman Adams 6 & 5;
The top 14 qualifiers rest had first round byes;

Plate Division Round 1
Monique Jansen beat Senayah Moodliar 2 & 1;
All the other players had a first round bye. 

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