TEEN QUEEN

IVANNA SAMU ADDS THE WOMEN’S SA STROKE­PLAY TI­TLE TO HER SA AM­A­TEUR CROWN.

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Amateur Scene -

Gaut­eng teenager Ivanna Samu now holds both ma­jor women’s ti­tles, af­ter a three-stroke victory in the 54-hole San­lam Women’s Stroke­play at Glen­dower GC. The 16-year-old from Ruim­sig CC won the 2014 Am­a­teur crown last July at her home club.

Samu strug­gled in an open­ing 77, but fol­lowed that with 70-73 to leave her ri­vals be­hind. Her fi­nal round be­gan promis­ingly with an ea­gle three at the sec­ond hole, and she turned in 34 to lead by seven. But then came three in­ex­pli­ca­ble dou­ble-bo­geys from 11 to 13, which meant she was just one ahead.

“I started so well and don’t know what hap­pened on the back nine,” said the Grade 11 learner at Curro Aurora school in Rand­burg, who be­came the sec­ond youngest win­ner of the Am­a­teur last year. “I saw all my friends and fam­ily walk­ing with me, and said to my­self, ‘Ivanna, what are you do­ing, this is not how you play golf!’ ”

The pep talk helped. Samu birdied the next three holes to re­store or­der and closed with two pars. Cara Gor­lei (Mil­ner­ton) was the run­ner-up from de­fend­ing cham­pion Car­rie Park (Irene). “This is a huge achieve­ment for me, and I’m proud of how I played on such a chal­leng­ing course,” said Samu. “I fin­ished sec­ond here to Ni­cole Garcia in a pro event ear­lier in the year, and it was great to see her walk­ing with us.”

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