Telfer doubles up in Boland

Kaleigh Telfer staved off a spirited final round challenge from fellow Gauteng junior Ivanna Samu to lift her fourth title this season at the Boland Championship at Worcester Golf Club on Sunday.

Telfer carded successive rounds of 68 to triumph on eight-under-par 136.

The 17-year-old Bryanston golfer lagged a stroke behind first round pacesetter Woo Ju Son, but finished three strokes clear of Eagle Canyon’s Son, who signed off with a 72.

Meanwhile Samu started the final round well off the pace after an opening 74, but the 16-year-old Ruimsig golfer rallied with a superb 69 to claim sole third on 143.

Minette Oliver from Eastern Province finished in fourth on 146 with rounds of 72 and 74.

Telfer made her first visit to the winner’s circle in the Free State and Northern Cape Championship in April and claimed her second podium finish at the Southern Cape Championship in August.

The victory in Worcester followed on the heels of an eight stroke victory in the Ekurhuleni Championship a week ago.

“I am really happy to be back in winning form, but to be honest, I’m far more pleased with my scoring than collecting trophies,” Telfer said.

“At the Annika Invitational Europe and Girl’s British Amateur Championship, it became clear to me that you can’t contend if you don’t consistently break par.”

Telfer shot rounds of 66, 67 and 70 to win in George and followed two 73s at Benoni Country Club with a one under 71 in the final round.

“My main focus over the last eight weeks has been to play consistent golf,” she said. “I am working hard to avoid that one bad round that spoils the tournament. I want to get my game to a level where I can compete internationally with confidence.”

Telfer and Samu will combine for Gauteng A at the South African Women’s Inter-Provincial at Centurion Country Club next week.

“Ivanna and I will be playing together,” Telfer said. “We came agonisingly close last year at Royal Cape Golf Club, but we lost out to Western Province. After our winning performance at the 72-hole Teams Championship in East London, the team has worked tirelessly to prepare for this year’s SA Women’s IPT.

“Our only goal will be to help our team to finish the week on a winning note.”

136 Kaleigh Telfer 68 68
139 Woo-Ju Son 67 72
143 Ivanna Samu 74 69
146 Minette Olivier 72 74
149 Katia Shaff 75 74; Vicki Traut 75 74
152 Tara Griebenow 75 77
154 Kaiyuree Moodley 78 76; Ethel Ruthenberg 78 76; Cassidy Williams 81 73

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

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