Telfer has double vision in Sanlam SA Amateur

It took Kaleigh Telfer years to claim her dream victory in the Sanlam South African Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship in April, and now the Gauteng golfer has her eyes fixed on winning the double in next week’s Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur Match Play Championship.

One of the premier tournaments on the local women’s amateur calendar tees off with Sunday’s qualifying round at the Ebotse Links in Benoni followed by the main match play tournament from Monday to Wednesday at the same course.

Telfer won the stroke play championship at Westlake in March by a commanding six strokes. She heads to Ebotse having followed up that triumph with a win in the Gauteng Championship and a third place in the Free State Championship. And she’s been trading the number one ranking in South Africa with Ivanna Samu, who reclaimed the top spot with wins in the Free State Championship and the Gauteng North Championship.

A win for Telfer in Benoni would see her tick off another of her goals for 2016, which also included a place in the recently announced Women’s Golf South Africa team for the Espirito Santo Trophy at the World Amateur Team Championship in Mexico this September.

Telfer will partner Samu and Cara Gorlei.

“I’ve been working really hard on my game and I wanted to make that side for Mexico. I’m just glad the hard work has paid off. It would be a dream come true if I could win the Sanlam SA Amateur Championship as well,” said Telfer.

Telfer’s form this year has certainly caught the attention of Women’s Golf South Africa President Karen Olivant.

“Kaleigh has come on in leaps and bounds and I think her overseas trips representing South Africa have helped her cope with the pressure of the big stage. It’s also been great to see the competition for the number one ranking in South Africa this year. It’s a very healthy position for women’s golf.”

Written and released by Michael Vlismas on behalf of Sanlam.

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