SA takes the lead in the All Africa Challenge Trophy

South Africa took the lead after the first round of the All Africa Challenge Trophy being held at Phakalane Golf Estate in Botswana. With two scores to count, the senior players in the South African team, Kim Williams and Alana van Greuning both produced solid level par rounds and the team score of 146 is eight shots ahead of Tanzania, with Zambia in third position on 156.

Cynthia Rayner reports

“Kim turned one under on 35, with two birdies and one drop. With some wind on the more difficult back nine, she went one over 38.

“The girls were well aware of the fact that keeping their concentration going was going to be the challenge today, as the first round is a random draw and there are a number of new players from African countries who are participating for the first time. All credit to Alana who managed level par nines (36, 37) while helping her playing partners constantly with relief situations, one of whom finished with the worst score on the board.

“Lejan Lewthwaite, playing in South African colours for the first time, started somewhat nervously with a double drop after having to wait for an hour past her scheduled tee time. She played solidly but her putter let her down badly, and she finished 4 over (39, 38 – 77).

“Our players are positive that they can increase their lead tomorrow and Lejan, currently at Texas State University on a golf scholarship, is hoping to have her score counting in the second round.”

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