KZN teams cel­e­brate twice in May

Sur­prise vic­tory for KZN women over Gtha u(tKeZnNg)

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Amateur Scene -

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.

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