Myeki sets pace at Border Championship
Border golfer Zethu Myeki made a superb start to her title defence on a very blustery first day at the Border Championship on Saturday.
The picturesque East London Golf Club layout was bathed in sun for much of the day, but the bright conditions belied the severity of a Westerly wind that gusted up to 45 km per hour and provided a huge challenge for the country’s top amateurs on day one.
Myeki reeled in three birdies to offset a pair of bogeys for an opening one-under-par 72.
The Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation player opened up a four stroke lead over Gauteng’s Ivanna Samu and put eight strokes between herself and top ranked Swiss amateur Azelia Meichtry, who recently defeated Myeki for the Eastern Province Stroke Play and Match Play Championship titles.
“I had two three-putts for bogeys but given the tough conditions, I am really pleased that I could finish with a red number,” Myeki said.
“The holes into the wind was especially tough to gauge and I had to hit a lot of low shots into the greens. Hopefully the wind will show up again on Sunday, but it would be lovely if someone just turned the volume down a little.”
FIRST ROUND SCORES
72 Zethu Myeki
76 Ivanna Samu
78 Siviwe Duma; Demi Flanagan
79 Yolanda Duma
80 Azelia Meichtry
81 Justine Botten
82 Kaiyuree Moodley; Millie Zim Dondashe; Klara Wildhaber; Angela Trollip; Vera Raguth
83 Jamie-Lee Daniels; Chante van Zyl
84 Danielle du Toit; Hermien Jones
85 Britney Fay-Berger; L van der Walt; S Owen
86 Natasha Carlsson; Minette Olivier; Zanele Mazibuko
Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of Womens Golf South Africa.