Your quick weekly rundown
What a week it has been in the world of women's golf! Where better to start than Canberra and the LET/ALPG ACTEWAGL Canberra Classic.
Jiyai Shin the former world number 1 produced a stunning final round of 64 to snatch the title form last weeks winner Australian Minjee Lee, who shot to the top of the pile with a 2nd round 63!! These 2 have both started the year in sensational form.
This was Jiyai's 50th career victory, a very impressive stat for a 29 year old! It was also her 2nd victory at this tournament, which she described as her favorite course in the world! "I’m so excited I can’t tell you. Royal Canberra is my favorite golf course in the world.“I have great memories from that final round battle with Lydia Ko and now this time with Minjee Lee: two great young ladies. I also learned from them. Royal Canberra is very nice to play. People came out to watch and the last few days we had beautiful weather, so I really enjoyed it.”
The top 9 places in Canberra all went to different nationalities. Notable performances were from Anne Van Dam (Holland) & Pernilla Lindberg (Sweden) who finished 3rd and 4th respectively. They both continued their good start to the season. Adele Douglas (Australia) who only took up golf 5 years ago (read the story in our preview section) had very respectful rounds of 74 & 79.
Sunshine Tour (South Africa)
Lee-Anne Pace captured her 12th Sunshine Ladies Tour title with a playoff victory in the Cape Town Ladies Open at Royal Cape on Thursday.
Trailing by two shots to best friend Anne-Lise Caudal as they reached the final hole, Pace buried a long birdie putt to deny her the Frenchwoman a long-overdue trophy.
A round of 71 from Pace and a 70 from Caudal after a bogey at 18, saw the pair tie one eight-under 214. They made the return trip back to the 18th tee for a sudden-death play-off and it was almost a replay of last year’s event.
Pace won the first play off hole with a par to secure a fantastic come back and a great victory. she said after the round, “The last time Anne-Lise and I played together we both played awful golf, so I was scared that was going to happen again,” explained Pace. “But this time we played really well and it was awesome to see Anne-Lise make a comeback after struggling with injuries.”
There was a great performance from 15 year old amateur Jordan Rothman – finished as the low amateur. The 15-year-old Durbanville golfer posted a 74 to tie for 20th on three-over, four shots ahead of Casandra Hall from Ekurhuleni.
World Golf Association of India
Gursimar Badwal won the third leg of the Hero WGAI and now is the sole leader on the Hero Order of Merit.
Gursimar Badwal played a steady final round even as others faltered on the last day of the third leg of Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Poona Club Golf Course on Friday. Gursimar shot one-over 72 to get to a total of 5-over 218 and emerged a winner by three strokes over Neha Tripathi (75). Gursimar and Neha had shared the lead after the second day but the former ensured fewer mistakes and a far more steady round than all others in the field. Gursimar’s round of 72 was by far the best of the day. The next best card came from Neha, who shot 75 and ended at 8-over 221. The win also took Gursimar into sole lead in the Hero Order of Merit with a total of Rs. 2,76,000 in three events so far. Neha Tripathi is now second with Rs. 2,46,000 and Tvesa Malik is third with earnings of Rs. 2,32,000.
Tahnia Ravnjak (Australia) won the China LPGA qualfying event leading from start to finish.
Four birdies over the final seven holes proved the difference for Tahnia Ravnjak on Friday as the Australian completed a wire-to-wire victory at the China LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament with a three stroke win.
The rookie pro finished the 54-hole tournament with a two-under 70 for a score of eight-under 208 to top the 88-player field in Hainan Island. Chinese amateur Zhang Yue closed with a two-under 70 over The Dunes at Shenzhou Peninsula West Course to finish runner-up.
Chinese Taipei's Peng Chieh (70) was third at six strokes back in the tournament where the top-30 players received their full playing card for the 2018 China LPGA Tour season.
Ravnjak, who held a two stroke lead going into the final day, made a birdie four at the 495-yard second hole to get to seven-under. She then dropped shots with bogeys at holes four, seven and 10 to sit at four-under.