Catherine Lau is Rose Bowl Champion
The leaders in the final round of the Nomads SA Girls Rose Bowl Championship teed off in wet conditions at Selborne Park Golf Estate. With only two shots separating the top four players, the scene was set for an exciting day’s play. After 9 holes, Magda Kruger and Ji Sun Kang were tied on level par, with leader and defending champion, Kelly Erasmus trailing by 3 shots after going out of bounds on the 9th hole. Catherine Lau, playing behind the leaders, had turned +2, and was unaware that she was in contention. The intermittent rain together with the pressure of being in the leading group appeared to take it’s toll on them. All Ji Sun needed to force a play-off for the title was a par on the final hole; Magda needed a birdie. Unfortunately, this was not to be, leaving 12 year old Catherine Lau a surprised but worthy winner. The best final round was a 2 under par 70 by Eleonora Galletti.
Meanwhile two 11 year old girls, Kaiyuree Moodley and Caitlyn MacNab were battling it out for the B Division with Caitlyn being victorious. Local player Courtney Sykes won the C Division on 65 stableford points.
To add to a thrilling tournament, Katia Shaff and Minette Olivier both hit the perfect shot and notched up their first holes-in-one on the 13th and 4th respectively.
221 – Catherine Lau (Woodhill)) 69, 76, 76
223 –Bianca Lohbauer (Paarl) 72, 76, 75
223 – Magda Kruger (Centurion) 72, 73, 78
223 – Ji Sun Kang (Atlantic Beach) 72, 72, 79
224 – Bianca Theron (Devonvale) 71, 79, 74
225 – Michaela Fletcher (Maritzburg) 73, 75, 77
Pictured above: Courtney Sykes, Catherine Lau and Caitlyn MacNab