Close finish at SA Women’s Masters

2018-03-09 06:00
Melissa Eaton from Port Shepstone made it to the number two spot. PHOTO: Carl Fourie/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images

Melissa Eaton from Port Shepstone made it to the number two spot. PHOTO: Carl Fourie/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images

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THE much-awaited Sunshine Ladies Tour golf tournament was held at San Lameer golf estate last week.

Several high-ranking women golfers from all over the world competed in the prestigious golfing tournament which ran from February 22 to February 24.

The tournament came to a close finish with all golfers showing good results under the “kind” weather, said organiser Leslie Copeman.

In the end it was German Laura Fuenfstueck who bagged the SA Women’s Masters title this year.

According to Copeman, Fuenfstueck will also be participating in the SuperSport Ladies Challenge at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club, before finishing the season with the Investec South African Women’s Open at Westlake Golf Club from March 8 to March 10. “I only have conditional status on the Ladies European Tour, so I have to make the last event count for me in the rankings,” said Fuenfstueck.

Close behind her and sharing the number two spot were South Africans Lejan Lewthwaite and the South Coast very own Melissa Eaton, Nobuhle Dlamini from Swaziland and Scottish amateur Shannon McWilliam (18), who also walked away with the Sally Little Trophy as the leading amateur in the SA Women’s Masters.

McWilliam, who managed to claim a maiden victory in just her fifth start in the professional ranks, was also the winner of the Border Golf Championship held at the East London Golf Club last week.

Attending on behalf of RNM Mayor Nomusa Mqwebu was deputy mayor Ronnie Nair, who thanked the organisers for choosing the South Coast as their host once again this year.

“With about six areas in the country going through a drought right now, it is hard to find such fresh and healthy greens like we do have here. “Thank you, and we hope to see you again next year,” said Nair.

The results for the top three were: Laura Fuenfstueck (GER) 70 69 76 at number one, Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ) 71 73 72, Shannon McWilliam AMA (SCO) 71 72 73, Lejan Lewthwaite 73 69 74, and Melissa Eaton 73 69 74 at number two, and Lora Assad 70 73 74 in third place.

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