eHowz!t cameraman Lencel Celliers filmed all the drama and excitement of the second and decisive play-off.
By Quintin van Jaarsveld
South African number one Lee-Anne Pace fittingly won the Cell C South African Women’s Open at San Lameer Country Club on Sunday after a spectacular final round.
Pace carded a brilliant final-round 67, which included an eagle, to draw level with England ace Holly Clyburn on five-under-par and force a play-off.
On the second play-off hole, the pressure took its toll on Clyburn as she pulled her approach into the water.
Pace pounced on the opportunity, hitting a perfect approach that saw her birdie the hole and clinch her maiden Ladies European Tour triumph on South African soil.
“I am so proud to be South African today,” said an emotional Pace. “I’m so happy that I could’ve won in front of such wonderful supporters.
“We came up short on some of the holes and then thought, ‘Well, let’s just go for it’. So I started playing more aggressively,” she said.
Her eagle came on the par-five 13th when she hit a five wood to 20 feet and made the putt.
“I don’t think a lot of people went for that green, and it turned out great.”
On the tense play-off, she commented: “I was just trying to have fun in the play-off. I thought to myself, ‘You’ve won two play-offs in your career already, so I was feeling quite confident out there.”
Local favourite Melissa Eaton finished joint 30th on six over par following an even par final round.
The Jackie Mercer Trophy for the leading amateur was shared by South Africa’s Shawnelle de Lange and France’s Mathilda Cappeliez on a total of 10 over par.
NB: THE EHOWZIT TEAM SPENT THE WHOLE DAY SUNDAY DOING VIDEO RECORDINGS AT THE SAN LAMEER GOLF COURSE, AND WILL POST THEM AS WE PROCESS THEM.