Weekly Round Up From Around The World Of Women's Golf.
LET- Investec South African Women's Open, Westlake Golf Club, South Africa
5 events into the Ladies European Tour (LET) season and we have the 5th different winner. This time it was South African Ashleigh Buhai (above) who won on home soil. Buhai, fired a flawless final round 67 to win by 2 strokes from Karolin Lampert of Germany.
"I'm absolutely ecstatic. I knew I had to play really well today and that's what I did. I just felt really focused the whole day and hit all the shots I needed to and holed a few good putts. No matter what country your from, you want to loft your national title. Having won it twice as an amateur was a bit cray, because the first time I won it I was 14. The older you get the more you realise what it means to you and to finally win it as a professional, I'm very chuffed". said Buhai.
Lampert who finished 2nd was playing in her first tournament of the year. She had decided to take more time in the off season to work on her game. She wanted to add more distance to her shots. The 23 year old said "I’m so pleased that I decided to start my season at the Investec SA Women’s Open. I’ve been working on my swing in the off-season to get some more length off the tee and I did that here, so it was a good decision to stay a bit longer off the course. Today I hit it longer than I expected, even with my irons.”
In 3rd place it was a career best place finish for Maha Haddioui (above) who first earned her tour card back in 2013. She has worked really hard for this result so i think the whole tour was pleased to see her snatch 3rd place. After she finished she said "Finishing third here and having my best finish on the LET is really awesome. The course suited my game and I think the key was just playing smart. I played chicken a lot of the time and didn’t go for the pins, but I putted well and it really helped me this week".
There was a return to form for Solheim cup player Florentyna Parker. The 3 time winner on the LET picked up some vital OofM points after a tough start to the season in Australia.
Pipping Parker to 4th spot was the South African Stacy Lee Bregman (above, left). This event was co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Ladies Tour and saw Bregman clinch the OofM title for 2018 with her 4th place finish. Bregman, who won the season-opening Canon Tshwane Open, also closed with a 67. She said: “I didn’t have the best start to the week, which was a pity, but I came out today and wanted to do really well. I knew that I had nothing to lose and to finish off the way that I did, it teaches me a lot about myself, that I have what it takes at clutch moments like that. I knew what I had to do and to pull it off was just magical.”
1.Ashleigh Buhai 207
2.Karolin Lampert 209
3.Maha Haddioui 212
4.Stacy Lee Bregman 213
5.Florentyna Parker 214
Next Event: 19/04/18, Lalla Meryem Cup, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Morocco
Korea LPGA: Korea Investment & Securities Championship with SBS golf, Twin Doves Golf Club
There was another playoff this week, this time in Korea where Jang Ha Na finished level with Ha Min Song after 3 rounds on -12. After halving the opening two holes eventually Jang won the 3rd playoff hole by 2 shots to claim victory in the opening event of the 2018 season on the strong KLPGA Tour.
A Yean Cho the amateur who finished runner up at the Australian Open and a top 10 finish at the WAAP was lying 2nd but a poor final round saw her slip down the leaderboard.
Last seasons OofM winner Choi Hye Jin and world number 10 got off to a good start finishing 4th, only missing out on the playoff by 2 shots. She has decided to play the KLPGA this year so she can attend a University in Korea.
Jang Ha Na, who led the putts per round with an average of 27.6 picks up the 134,000 Euros (equivalent) as they move onto the next event in Brunei.
Next Event: Brunei Ladies Open, The Empire Hotel CC, Brunei
World Ranking of Winner: Jang Ha Na (31st)
Japan LPGA: Yokohama tire golf tournament PRGR ladies' cup
Sun-Ju Ahn claimed her first victory in over a year in Japan. Making it another victory for a South Korean golfer this weekend.
This event saw yet another playoff as Ai Suzuki fired a brilliant closing round of 65 to finish tied on -11 with Sun-Ju Ahn.
The South Korean Ahn birdied the first hole to seal her victory against Suzuki who is the highest ranked Japanese player in the world at number 33.
This was Ahn's 24th career victory and afterwards she said "To be honest, I thought that I could lose the playoff against Ai. But, I really can win, so its hard to get the feeling that I won the first prize. It's my first time in a while competing on the final day so i there was anxiety . However, I really can win again .I feel like that. "
Next Event: 16/3/18, T Point Ladies' Golf Tournament / Ibaraki International Golf Club (Osaka)
World Ranking of Winner: Sun-Ju Ahn (65th)
ALPG: Seasons Aged Care Brisbane Invitational at McLeod Country Club
England's Felicitiy Johnson took victory at the Seasons Aged Care Brisbane Invitational at McLeod Country Club. She won a thrilling 4 way playoff, defeating Australian Breanna Gill, Belgian Manon De Roey and Hanee Song from New Zealand.
All 4 players had finished on -2 in tough windy conditions and headed back to play the 18th after the completion of regular play. On the first playoff hole Song and Gill both made bogeys leaving De Roey and Johnson to head back down the 18th in near darkness.
On the 2nd playoff hole Johnson bravely holed for par from 10 feet after coming up short of the green, leaving De Roey a putt to continue the playoff. However, the putt agonisingly slid past the left edge leaving Johnson to celebrate her second win on the ALPG.
Next Event: 12/3/18, Qantas Golf Club Gold Coast Challenge, Links Hope Island
World Ranking of Winner: Felicitiy Johnson (265th)
LET: Silvia Banon: 47th