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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.