By Quintin van Jaarsveld
The first round of the Cell C SA Women’s Open was completed at San Lameer Country Club on Friday morning before rain once again suspended play.
Those who were unable to complete the opening 18 holes had the opportunity to do so on Day Two, however, the star-studded 120-strong field was left frustrated as heavy rain forced the players off the course.
The second round teed off at 8:30am before winds gusting at 40 kilometres per hour and bouts of rain rendered the course unplayable, and another suspension was called at 11:10am.
At 13:00, with conditions not improving, Ladies European Tour Tournament Director Michael Wood made the announcement cancelling the second round.
“We’ve come to the conclusion that the fairest decision for the players is to cancel Round Two, so all second-round scores that were posted have been cancelled.
“A new second round will commence at 6:15 on Saturday morning, and the tournament has been reduced to 54 holes.
“We got to a stage where if we were to restart today a number of players wouldn’t start round two in these conditions and would come back and play it afresh in completely different conditions,” Wood said.
England ace Charley Hull leads the pack after carding a first-round four-under-par 68 and added another birdie in her first six second-round holes.
“I actually like playing in the wind and rain, but it was a bit extreme out there,” said Hull.
“It was blowing a gale out there, but I dug deep and played well.
“I played those six holes [in the second round] in crazy weather, and was pretty happy with one under.
“Then they called the second round off, which people have mixed ideas about.
“It’s a shame because I managed to get it to five under for the tournament, but I only miss out on one shot.
“I don’t mind these conditions. I find golf so much more fun when it’s rainy and windy.
“I love it because I feel like I’m a grinder and can try my hardest and post a good score.”
Hull’s compatriot Rebecca Hudson and German Steffi Kirchmayr are tied for second place on three-under-par 69 after Round One.
Hometown favourite Melissa Eaton continued her good start and finished the round as the leading South African.
The experienced Ladies European Tour campaigner carded a two-under-par 70 for a share of third place along with Valentine Derrey from France, Patricia Sanz Barrio from Spain, Ann-Kathrin Lindner from Germany and Fabienne In-albon from Switzerland.
South African superstar Lee-Anne Pace signed for a first round of one under 71.
“I chipped really well and made all the crucial putts,” said Pace.
“I hit some good shots out there and am just keeping it low in the wind all the time. I’m hitting my driver very straight and I’m relying on that a lot.
“You’ve just got to make the best of a bad situation and stay as close as possible to the lead.”
Local amateurs Tiffany Avern-Taplin and Lizzie Currie proved they can compete at the highest level with Avern-Taplin carding a 78 and Currie an 83.
Full First-Round Scores:
68 Charley Hull ENG
69 Steffi Kirchmayr GER; Rebecca Hudson ENG
70 Valentine Derrey FRA; Patricia Sanz Barrio ESP; Ann-Kathrin Lindner GER; Fabienne In-albon SUI; Melissa Eaton
71 Lee-Anne Pace; Sophia Popov GER; Holly Clyburn ENG
72 Sahra Hassan WAL; Florentyna Parker ENG; Sophie Giquel-Bettan FRA; Lucie Andre FRA; Nina Holleder GER
73 Georgina Simpson ENG; Sally Watson SCO; Caroline Martens NOR; Lucy Williams ENG; Connie Chen; Leigh Whittaker GER; Maha Haddioui MAR; Celine Herbin FRA; Nobuhle Dlamini SWZ; Gwladys Nocera FRA
74 Lydia Hall WAL; Christine Wolf AUT; Rebecca Codd IRL; Julia Davidsson SWE; Trish Johnson ENG; Isabelle Boineau FRA; Beth Allen USA; Minea Blomqvist FIN; Ainil Bakar MYS
75 Eleanor Givens ENG; Mathilda Cappeliez (AMA) FRA; Kim Williams; Chloe Leurquin BEL; Cathryn Bristow NZL; Stacy Bregman; Nicole Garcia; Nicole Broch Larsen DEN; Elina Nummenpaa FIN; Malene Jorgensen DEN
76 Shawnelle de Lange (AMA); Whitney Hillier AUS; Melissa Reid ENG; Cheyenne Woods USA; Laurette Maritz
77 Hannah Jun Medlock USA; Katie Burnett USA; Kelsey Macdonald SCO; Anais Maggetti SUI; Becky Brewerton WAL; Monique Smit; Isabell Gabsa GER; Marianne Skarpnord NOR; Alexandra Vilatte FRA; Josephine Janson SWE; Amy Boulden WAL; Rebecca Sorensen SWE; Nina Muehl AUT
78 Kaleigh Telfer (AMA); Katy McNicoll SCO; Carly Booth SCO; Kylie Walker SCO; Hannah Burke ENG; Tiffany Avern-Taplin (AMA); Marion Ricordeau FRA; Cherry Moulder
79 Natasha Carlsson (AMA); Ashleigh Simon; Fiona Puyo FRA; Carrie Park (AMA) KOR; Lauren Taylor ENG; Virginia Espejo ESP; Eleonora Galletti (AMA); Mireia Prat ESP; Sophie Walker ENG
80 Monja Richards (AMA); Alison Whitaker AUS; Bree Arthur AUS; Tandi Von Ruben; Ariane Provot FRA; Cecilie Lundgreen NOR; Pamela Pretswell SCO
81 Alana Van Greuning; Victoria Lovelady BRA; Michelle Leigh; Paula Reto; Holly Aitchison ENG; Karolin Lampert GER; Heather Macrae SCO; Louise Larsson SWE
82 Ivanna Samu (AMA); Bonita Bredenhann NAM; Danielle Du Toit (AMA)
83 Lizzie Currie (AMA); Anne-Lise Caudal FRA; Julie Tvede DEN; Michele Thomson SCO; Krista Bakker FIN; Charlotte Thompson ENG
84 Michelle Swanepoel (AMA); Betty Mokoena
85 Francesca Cuturi; Viva Schlasberg SWE; Anna Becker-Frankel; Magda Kruger (AMA); Henni Zuel ENG; Crystal Cooper (AMA); Michelle De Vries
87 Alra Van Den Berg; Tijana Kraljevic
88 Nicola Eaton Gutzeit; Iliska Verwey; Henriette Frylinck
90 Carmia Van Wyk (AMA)
98 Nicole Becker