KZN teams celebrate twice in May
Surprise victory for KZN women over Gtha u(tKeZnNg)
It was a good month for team golf in KwaZulu-Natal, with the women’s team of Michaela Fletcher, Brittney-Fay Berger and Elsune Roode following up on the success of the Country Districts men’s team with a notable triumph of their own in the WGSA Teams Championship at Polokwane Golf Club.
KZN were steady in each of the four rounds (two scores counted), equalling par three times, to win by two shots from a powerful Gauteng team seeking a hattrick of titles. Gauteng had top-ranked Kajal Mistry (1) and Woo-Ju Son (2), plus Kaleigh Telfer (8), but after leading through 36 holes a poor third round derailed them.
Fletcher (12) was the highest ranked KZN player, yet the 21-year-old from Maritzburg put in a strong performance with 72-72-69-72 to claim individual honours on 285.With superb support from 17-year-old Berger (ranked 13), who shot 293 for a share of fourth with Son, they had a total of 578, good enough to win most years.
Fletcher, on a golf scholarship at Memphis University, was in the KZN team which last won the title at Mossel Bay in 2014. On that occasion she was edged by one shot for the Governor’s Cup by Gauteng North’s Carrie Park.Telfer was individual runner-up on 288, with Caitlyn Macnab, third on 291, helping Ekurhuleni to third place in the teams alongside Casandra Hall and Sarah Bouch.
The KwaZulu-Natal team, winners of the Swiss Team Trophy at Polokwane. From left, Brittney-Fay Berger, Elsune Roode and Michaela Fletcher with WGSA vice-president Sarah Braude.