Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents 11/18 - Lali Stander

His­toric vic­tory, Ry­der Cup captaincy, Ge­orge score­card.

Benoni’s Lejan Lewth­waite cre­ated a piece of South African gol ng his­tory on Septem­ber 12 when she be­came the rst woman golfer to tri­umph in a men’s open pro­fes­sional event over 54 holes or longer, over­com­ing lo­cal mem­ber Garth Wolter in a sud­den-death playo at Mac­cau­vlei on the IGT Chal­lenge Tour. Rounds of 74-66-73 gave the 27-year-old a three­un­der-par to­tal of 213 and the rst prize of R6 000.It was also her rst win as a pro­fes­sional.

“More than any­thing, I con­quered my demons,” said Lejan.“I al­ways throw it away be­cause I get too quick down the stretch.When we went into a playo I calmed my­self down. Do­ing that kept me fo­cused.”

In her last year as an am­a­teur Lejan was run­ner-up to Lee-Anne Pace in the 2015 Women’s SA Open at San Lameer, hav­ing just grad­u­ated from Texas State Univer­sity. She has al­ready been close to win­ning on the IGT Tour.Two years ago she led by two go­ing into the nal round at Ebotse, her home course, but a clos­ing 77 saw her nish two be­hind Ty­rone Ferreira in third place.

She was sec­ond to An­ton Haig in an IGT event at Houghton in 2016. Car­rie Park, who now plays the Korean ladies tour af­ter win­ning there, al­most be­came the rst fe­male win­ner on the IGT Tour in an­other event at Ebotse in 2016 when she led into the nal round, only to lose by one to am­a­teur Philip Kruse. Other women pros who reg­u­larly com­pete on the IGT Tour are Nobuhle Dlamini and Ivanna Samu.

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