SA holds course at RAACT defence

The South African team kept their title defence in the Regional All-Africa Challenge Trophy on course with a solid second round performance at Omeya Golf Club in Windhoek, Namibia on Wednesday.

Cara Gorlei and Demi Flanagan combined for a second successive 147 to keep South Africa in pole position and on track for the country’s fifth consecutive victory in the prestigious biennial event.

Flanagan from Border led the local onslaught with a one-over-par 73 and Western Province’s Gorlei returned a 74. Gauteng’s Shawnelle de Lange signed for a non-counting 75.

“The wind came up quite strongly and everyone in the field seemed to struggle on the greens,” said Womens Golf South Africa president Karen Olivant.

“Demi holed out for a superb eagle at the short par-four 16th, while Cara was very steady. Shawnelle had a much better day and she hopes to fire on all cylinders in the final round.”

South Africa finished on 294 and are 19 shots clear of Zimbabwe, with Namibia a further three strokes adrift.

Batsirai Tilowakuti carded a 78, while 12-year-old Danielle Bekker helped Zimbabwe to second with an 80 for a second round total of 158.

Caro Els returned a 76 and Nadia Schmidt an 85 for Namibia’s 161.

Gorlei, who was named the WGSA Player of the Year at the recent Sanlam SA Amateur Stroke Play Championship, tops the Individual Standings on one-under-par 143.

Flanagan shares second with Namibia’s Els and Tilowakuti from Zimbabwe, while De Lange is fifth on 156.

The biennial Regional All-Africa Challenge Trophy events are held in West Africa, Southern Africa, North Africa and East/Central Africa and are supported by the Royal and Ancient of St Andrews (R&A).

294 South Africa 147 147
313 Zimbabwe 155 158
316 Namibia 155 161
366 Botswana 185 181
420 Lesotho 211 209

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

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