Kelly Erasmus wins the Nomads SA Girls’ Rose Bowl

Western Provinces Kelly Erasmus, a of the Ernie Els and Fancourt Fundation, won the Nomads SA Girls Rose Bowl today, finishing two strokes ahead of fellow EE & FF member Izel Pieters. In third place was Korean Ji Sun Kang.

The 2012 Rose Bowl was sponsored for the first time by the Nomads who are great supporters of junior golf in South Africa and played at the fabulous Pearl Valley Estates outside Paarl.

The girls experience perfect autumn weather on a great layout and were very privileged to play this national championship at such a great venue.

Going into the final round, Mpumalanga’s Izel Pieters lead the field by one stroke from Ji Sun Kang (Western Province) and SA Girls’ Champion, Bianca Theron (Boland). Both Izel and Ji Sun had up and down rounds. Izel slotted four birdies but with four drops and a double drop, she finished two behind in second place.

Ji Sun also carded four birdies but had three drops and a triple to finish third.

Kelly played par golf until she birdied 9, 16 and 16, and her only dropped shots were on the final two holes and she carded a one-under 71 to finish on 216 (75, 70, 71)

The favourite Lara Weinstein put paid to her chances with a 13 on the par four eighth hole in round two, but came back strongly today with a three-under 69 to finish in fifth position on 223, one shot back from Cara Gorlei (222).

The 10 to 18 handicap division was won by Belami McCarter from Serengeti, playing in her first national tournament, on 253 and Mount Edgecombe’s Brittney-Fay Berger was runner-up carding 254.

The youngest competitor was 10-year old Cara Ford who won the stableford Bronze Division (handicaps 19 to 25). She is a member of Eagle Canyon and scored 73 points in the two rounds. Bloemfontein’s Cheré Myburgh finished in second place with 68 points.

The Copper Division (Handicaps 26 to 32) was won by Mandy Greentree (Mowbray) on 74 points and Sarah Osborn (Westlake) was runner-up on 72.

In the stroke play age divisions, Kaleigh Telfer from Bryanston won the 14 and under championship on 233, Ji Sun Kang (Milnerton) is the 16 and under champion on 221 and Woo-Ju Son (Bryanston) the 12 and under champion carding 236.

Leading Scores

  1. Kelly Erasmus 216 (75, 70, 71)
  2. Izel Pieters 218 (73, 71, 74)
  3. Ji Sun Kang 221 (70, 75, 76)
  4. Cara Gorlei 222 (75, 76, 71)
  5. Lara Weinstein 223 (74, 80, 69)
  6. Carrie Park 224 (77, 73, 74)
  7. Michaela Fletcher 225 (77, 75, 73)
  8. Se Young Chun 226 (70, 77, 79)
  9. Sammy Barber 228 (76, 72, 80)
  10. Olivia le Roux 229 (79, 77, 73); Zayb Kippie 229 (74, 77, 78)
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