South Africa wins the All Africa Challenge Trophy
South Africa won the All Africa Challenge Trophy played in Botswana at Phakalane Golf Estate by a convincing 24 shots from Zambia (452). Zimbabwe finished third on 464. Pictured here are Lejan Lewthwaite, Kim Williams the indiviual winner and Alana van Greuning.
The South African team members enjoyed the opportunity of using this event as good tournament practice for the World Amateur Teams Championship which will be played in Turkey in September and has a similar format, with two of three scores counting in every round.
Individual winner, Kim Williams, continued her excellent form and posted a one under 72 in the final round, giving her a total of 211 – eight under par (73, 66, 72).
A bit of frustration crept in on the back nine when the pace of play slowed down immensely, and the South Africans in the final three groups were waiting on every shot. However, they weathered the storm and second individual position went to Alana van Greuning 220 – one over par (73, 73, 74) whose consistent performance was of great value to the team. The baby of the team, Lejan Lewthwaite, wearing Protea colours for the first time, struggled on the back nine today and with a lot of bad luck on the final hole, recorded a final score of 79 – a total of 226 for the tournament (77, 70, 79).
The team will be joined by Bertine Strauss, on her US Summer break from the University of Texas, and they will compete in the Botswana Open over the week-end at Gabarone Golf Club.