Triple delight at Border Championship
The recent Border Championship at East London Golf Club served up a feast of celebrations for Azelia Meichtry from Switzerland, local favourite Demi Flanagan and Gauteng junior Ivanna Samu.
Meichtry claimed her third title this season in the Stroke Play Championship and Samu regained the number one spot in the Womens Golf South Africa Senior Rankings on Sunday, while Flanagan recorded an unprecedented fourth Match Play victory on Tuesday.
Just a week after Meichtry emulated former WGSA number one Nobuhle Dlamini to capture both the Stroke Play and Match Play Championships at Port Elizabeth Golf Club, the KeNako Academy golfer was in ascendancy again.
Meichtry opened with an expensive seven over 80 at East London Golf Club.
She lagged eight shots behind first round pacesetter and defending champion Zethu Myeki, but the 19-year Sierre golfer showed the class that has carried her to the winner’s circle five times on the local circuit.
Meichtry dipped two shots under par in round two and fired a seven under 66 in the final round to win by two strokes on two under 217.
Samu carded rounds of 76, 71 and 72 to take second and the runner-up finish helped the 17-year-old old to retake the number one spot she surrendered to Kaleigh Telfer late last year.
(Telfer missed the Border Championship to compete in the Annika Invitational at the Reunion Resort in the United States, where she finished 40th in a field of 70 top ranked international competitors).
Myeki – the bridesmaid in the Eastern Province Stroke Play and Match Play – finished third in Stroke Play Championship on four over with rounds of 72, 74 and 77.
Flanagan further denied the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation a podium finish in the Match Play Championship when she defeated Myeki 1-up to win the prestigious trophy a fourth successive time.
Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of Womens Golf South Africa.