SA Women’s Masters: Williams takes route 66 to join Bringner at the top at San Lameer

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Kim Williams scorched her way around a breathless San Lameer Country Club with a superb six-under 66 to join Sweden’s Sofie Bringner in the lead on three-under overall after two rounds of the South African Women’s Masters on Friday.

In contrast to the first round where heavy winds swirled about for the entire day, hot and calm conditions greeted the players on day two.

The Centurion Country Club golfer made best use of the easier conditions to find 17 greens in regulation, and made eight birdies and just two bogeys as a result. 

“It was a nice round, the last week I felt like my game was heading in the right direction. And for everything to work out today was nice,” said three-time Sunshine Ladies Tour winner Williams.

“My putter is starting to warm-up. I’ve been struggling with that since the beginning of the season. I made a few clutch putts, nice par-saves and then towards the end the birdie putts started dropping. My putting was definitely key today.

“Yesterday was really tough with the wind swirling quite a lot, so club selection was quite tough. I was happy with my score after yesterday. Yesterday I didn’t make a birdie, today I think I had eight birdies. The key is when you’re making drops, is to be able to come back.” 

Williams led for most of the final round at the Dimension Data Ladies Challenge last week in George, before she was ultimately overtaken by Nobuhle Dlamini who ended with a two-stroke victory. There will definitely be a hint of unfinished business for Williams, hoping to put that disappointment behind her.

“The last two holes today were pretty key. I saw four-under was the lead, so I knew if I had a strong finish I would have a better chance tomorrow,” Williams said.  

“I’m excited. I was in contention last week as well. I just hope I can keep it together and have a round like I had today.”

Overnight leader Bringner had led for most of the day, at one stage by three with an opening nine that included five birdies, and just two bogeys. 

One of the key holes for The Hills Golf Club member was the par five eighth. There she was just short of the putting surface in two, but a poor chip from 30 metres left her with a monster putt over a steep ridge.

The hot-putter worked once more as the ball raced up the slope before taking a final left turn into the hole. “It was a good day on the course, and the first nine was very good. The putter was really hot today,” Bringner said.

“The putt on eight was about 20 metres, and very difficult with lots of slope and I just gave it a good roll and it went in.” 

Just three shots behind the leaders were amateur Kajal Mistry (75 69), who tied for fifth with Williams at Fancourt, and last Sunday’s champion Nobuhle Dlamini (74 70). 

Randpark’s Mistry produced an impressive three-under round which featured an eagle two at the par four sixth, which sent one interested spectator mad – her father Nilesh Mistry. 

“I hit every fairway today and if I missed a green I was just in the first cut. So it was a stress free-round except for two three-putts I had,” said the 18-year-old GolfRSA Elite squad member.

“I eagled number six. I hit three-wood off the tee and had 95 to the flag, so I hit a little knockdown gap wedge. It took two hops and dropped. My dad made a lot of noise with his screaming and clapping.”

Kiran Matharu from England, another former Sunshine Ladies Tour champion, is a further shot adrift after rounds of 73 and 72. 

Scotland’s Hannah McCook and GolfRSA Elite Squad player Symone Henriques started the second round one off the overnight pace. McCook posted 74 to finish on two-over and Henriques returned a 75 to tie for seventh on three-over 147.

SA Women’s Masters: Bringner leads, McCook and Henriques give chase at San Lameer

Second Round Scores

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified and amateurs indicated as AMA

141 – Kim Williams 75 66, Sofie Bringner (SWE) 71 70

144 – Kajal Mistry (a) 75 69, Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ) 74 70

145 – Kiran Matharu (ENG) 73 72

146 – Hannah McCook (SCO) 72 74

147 – Tandi Mc Callum 78 69, Symone Henriques (a) 72 75

148 – Pasqualle Coffa (NED) 79 69, Gabrielle Macdonald (SCO) 77 71, Lora Assad 75 73, Lejan Lewthwaite 75 73, Yolanda Duma 73 75

149 – Laure Sibille (FRA) 77 72, Larissa Du Preez (a) 77 72, Monique Smit 77 72, Mimmi Bergman (SWE) 76 73, Maria Beautell (ESP) 74 75, Anna Magnusson (SWE) 73 76

150 – Rachael Goodall (ENG) 79 71, Flora Peuch (FRA) 77 73, Zethu Myeki (a) 75 75

151 – Melissa Eaton 79 72, Jane Turner (SCO) 79 72, Stina Resen (NOR) 77 74

152 – Nastja Banovec (SVN) 79 73, Emilie Piquot (FRA) 78 74, Sofia Ljungqvist (SWE) 78 74, Jessica Dreesbeimdieke (NAM) 76 76, Laura Murray (SCO) 75 77

153 – Georgia Oboh (NGA) 80 73, Clara Pietri (SUI) 75 78

154 – Shawnelle de Lange 80 74, Rachel Rossel (SUI) 80 74, Hannah Arnold (USA) 77 77, Annelie Sjoholm (SWE) 82 72

Missed the cut:-

155 – Lynette Fourie 79 76, Rachel Drummond (BRI) 76 79

156 – Casandra Hall 78 78, Rachel Raastad (NOR) 81 75, Leslie Grandet (MAD) 82 74, Lindi Coetzee 82 74

157 – Lenanda van der Watt 79 78, Brittney-Fay Berger 83 74, Millie Saroha (IND) 86 71

158 – Carmen Taljaard (a) 79 79, Chloe Williams (WAL) 81 77, Michelle Swanepoel 82 76, Marion Duvernay (FRA) 77 81, Bertine Faber 82 76, Kim de Klerk (a) 83 75, Alana van Greuning 84 74

159 – Lara Weinstein 80 79

160 – Kelsey Nicholas 86 74

161 – Bonita Bredenhann (NAM) 83 78, Siviwe Duma 83 78

162 – Anna Svenstrup (SWE) 79 83, Sunelle von Molendorff 84 78, Laurette Maritz 87 75

163 – Louisa Tarn (a) (ENG) 82 81

164 – Julie Berton (FRA) 83 81, Alison Muirhead (a) (SCO) 85 79

165 – Dominique Jacobs 81 84

168 – Kyra van Kan (a) 94 74

172 – Chiara Contomathios 88 84

178 – Jenny Havenga (a) 85 93

WDN – Ivanna Samu 80 WDN

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