Sunshine Ladies Tour rookie Laura Fuenfstueck produced a stunning fightback to win the SA Women’s Masters at San Lameer Country Club on Saturday, as Shannon McWilliam shone among the professionals.
The German golfer staved off South African Lejan Lewthwaite, Nobuhle Dlamini from Swaziland and 18-year-old Scottish amateur McWilliam to claim a maiden victory in just her fifth start in the pro ranks.
She began the final day with a handy two-shot cushion over Gemma Batty – another member of the visiting Scottish Golf Women’s National Squad – while Port Shepstone golfer Melissa Eaton and Lewthwaite were three shots back and Dlamini lagged five off the pace. In the end, she sealed victory by a single shot.
Fuenfstueck will join the field this week in the SuperSport Ladies Challenge, presented by Sun International, at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club. Aboyne’s McWilliam, meanwhile, will be gunning for a hat-trick of trophies at the Wild Coast Sun.
The 18-year-old, who won the Border Championship by three strokes at East London Golf Club last week, lifted the Sally Little Trophy as the Leading Amateur in the SA Women’s Masters.
Thanks to the continued support from the Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation, Scotland’s new look amateur squads are in South Africa to compete and build for the season ahead.
The competitive winter camp, which is also supported by national team sponsors Aberdeen Standard Investments, coupled with funding from sportscotland, features a group of female golfers for the first time, with nine players – including four teenagers – journeying to South Africa to take part in the leading events on the South African amateur circuit.
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Englishman David Langley fired a big warning shot when he won the 36-hole qualifier in the Sanlam South African Amateur Championship by four shots on Monday.
The 23-year-old Berkshire golfer threw down the gauntlet when he opened with a five-under-par 67 in the brutal conditions at Durban Country Club on Sunday.
Langley backed up his bid for the Proudfoot Trophy with a two-under 70 and sealed the top spot for the match play stage on an aggregate score of seven-under-par 137.
Scotland’s Calum Fyfe (Cawder) took sole second with rounds of 70 and 71, while South African trio Martin Vorster, Therion Nel and Otto van Buynder shared third on two-under 142. Darren Howie (Peebles), John Paterson (New Club, St Andrews), Sam Locke (Stonehaven) and Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) also qualified for the top-64 knockout.
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