Myeki primed for final Mpumalanga push

Zethu Myeki from East London hopes to put the seal on a watershed season with another top performance in the Mpumalanga Open at White River Country Club this weekend.

Myeki began the season ranked 42nd, but a provincial breakthrough in the Border Championship in February sparked a great run for the 22-year-old Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation player.

She vaulted to fourth in the Senior Rankings following third place finishes in the Gauteng Senior, Gauteng North Stroke Play and Southern Cape Championships and protected her standing with six further top five finishes over 15 tournaments.

Myeki was the banker for the Border team that marched to a B-Division victory in the 72-Hole Team Championship at East London Golf Club in May.

In October, she led Border to a successful B-Division title defence in the South African Women’s Inter-Provincial at Centurion Country Club.

The Border amateur will lead the A-Division alongside last year’s runner-up, Kaleigh Telfer.

The country’s number one ranked amateur lifted the Free State and North West Championship title in April and pushed her winning tally to four with successive victories in the Southern Cape, Ekurhuleni and Boland Championships.

“I’m pretty confident of my chances, but I am wary of Kaleigh, Eleonora Galletti, Symone Henriques and Chante Boonstra,” Myeki said.

“Kaleigh will definitely be gunning for victory to finish the season at the top spot. Eleonora won the Individual Competition at the 72-Hole Teams Championship with Ivanna. When her game is on, she is very dangerous.

“Symone is just 14, but she has come a long way this season. She showed with a third place finish in the Ekurhuleni Championship and a top 10 at the Ackerman Championship that she can hold her own with the senior players.

“Chante represented Mpumalanga at the SA Women’s IPT and she has the benefit of knowing this course well. I don’t really know what to expect from her. She could well be the dark horse to watch out for this weekend.”

Patrizia Lombard and Rose Powell lead the Silver Division (10-18 handicaps), while Limpopo Ladies Golf Union president Bev Weijters heads up the Bronze Division (handicaps 19-24) alongside fellow 19-handicappers Susan Baird and Gesie Schutte.

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of Womens Golf South Africa.

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