Buhai increases her lead at Joburg Ladies Open | TeamSA - TeamSA
SEARCH
TeamSA

Buhai increases her lead at Joburg Ladies Open

buhai

Ashleigh Buhai remains on course for a wire-to-wire victory in the Joburg Ladies Open after a two-under-par 70 moved her within touching distance of an eighth Sunshine Ladies Tour title at Modderfontein Golf Club on Thursday.

‘Obviously I’m happy with the position I’m in; anytime you go into a final round leading it’s a good place to be,’ said Buhai, who leads by two on six-under 138 from Lauren Taylor and is six strokes clear from a four-way tie for third.

‘I didn’t hit it as close as I did in the first round, but at the same time, the conditions were a little trickier. We had a two-hour delayed start and the course was quite wet and then the wind came up on the back nine and was really swirling.’

Taylor from England – a joint runner-up in 2017 – returned a 70, while Nobuhle Dlamini fired five straight birdies from the 10th to record the low round of the day.

A sublime five-under 67 moved the big-hitting Swazi golfer (pictured above) to level par alongside Carrie Park from South Korea, Swiss amateur Azelia Meichtry and another English talent, Hayley Davis.

Buhai began the second round with a one shot lead and kept the advantage as both players birdied the opening par five.

The 28-year-old Royal Johannesburg and Kensington golfer countered soft drops at three and six with birdies at four and eight as Taylor picked up another gain at six and Buhai led by two at the turn.

The English golfer birdied 10 but gave the shot back with a bogey at 18 and Buhai birdied 17 to edge two shots clear.

‘Almost every hole down the back nine was into the wind and it was tricky, but overall I played steady and stayed patient,’ said Buhai. ‘I made eight pars down the back nine and sometimes those are bigger than birdie putts, especially in conditions like these.’

In 2017, Buhai racked up a hat-trick of victories and walked away with the lion’s share of the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies that launched a career-best season on the LPGA Tour.

Victory after a runner-up finish in last week’s Canon Ladies Tshwane Open could leave her in a strong position on the Investec Property Fund Order of Merit to challenge for the R100 000 bonus at the end of the season.

‘If I go with the same game plan and I trust my swing, I’m in a good position to win,’ said Buhai. ‘I’m feeling my lines pretty good and I’ve felt this week that the game is starting to feel like it did at the end of last season. I just need to get my confidence up and it would be nice a few more birdie putts dropped in the final round.

‘I’m leaving next week to play the LPGA Tour in Australia, Thailand and Singapore, so I’ll be missing three events at home. A win tomorrow would be great. It would be nice to get the maximum points on offer and still be in a strong position when I come back to play the Investec South African Open.’

Picture of Buhai and Dlamini in action courtesy of Petrie Oeschger and Carl Fourie/Sunshine Ladies Tour

Second Round Scores
All competitors SA unless otherwise specified and amateurs are indicated as AMA:
138 – Ashleigh Buhai 68 70
140 – Lauren Taylor (ENG) 70 70
144 – Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ) 77 67, Carrie Park (KOR) 72 72, Azelia Meichtry AMA (SUI) 73 71, Hayley Davis (ENG) 73 71
145 – Ivanna Samu 70 75
146 – Stacy Bregman 72 74, Kiran Matharu (ENG) 72 74, Hanna Roos (SWE) 69 77, Alexandra Lennartsson (SWE) 73 73
147 – Maria Beautell (ESP) 78 69, Mariell Bruun (NOR) 72 75, Emie Peronnin (FRA) 70 77
148 – Anna Sventrup (SWE) 74 74
149 – Kim Williams 75 74, Caitlyn Macnab AMA 78 71, Kiera Floyd AMA 73 76
150 – Monique Smit 77 73, Bonita Bredenhann (NAM) 75 75, Rachel Raastad (NOR) 78 72, Yolanda Duma 74 76, Chloe Royston AMA 77 73, Rachael Goodall (ENG) 74 76
151 – Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA) 76 75, Woo-Ju Son AMA 74 77, Tandi Mc Callum 77 74, Lora Assad 77 74, Casandra Hall AMA 76 75, Laura Fuenfstueck (GER) 76 75, Alana van Greuning 76 75
152 – Eleonora Galletti AMA 79 73
153 – Francesca Cuturi 76 77, Tijana Kraljevic 74 79, Bertine Strauss 76 77, Nastja Banovec (SVN) 78 75
154 – Sofia Gronberg-Whitmore (SWE) 81 73, Hannah Arnold (USA) 78 76, Ethel Ruthenberg AMA 82 72, Valeria Martinoli (SUI) 77 77, Lejan Lewthwaite 76 78

Missed the cut:
155 – Mae Cornforth 82 73, Kelsey Nicholas AMA 74 81, Dominique Jacobs 78 77, Nora Angehrn (SUI) 76 79, Chiara Contomathios 75 80
156 – Laura Sedda (ITA) 79 77, Nicole Becker 77 79
157 – Melissa Eaton 79 78, Clara Pietri (SUI) 78 79, Flora Peuch (FRA) 83 74, Lindi Coetzee AMA 84 73, Michelle Leigh 78 79, Kaiyuree Moodley AMA 73 84
159 – Shawnelle de Lange 75 84
161 – Carmen Taljaard AMA 84 77, Morgana Robbertze 77 84, Rachel Rossel (SUI) 78 83
162 – Lara Weinstein 81 81
163 – Larissa Du Preez AMA 87 76, Lynette Fourie AMA 84 79
164 – Katia Shaff AMA (AUT) 84 80, Siviwe Duma 82 82
165 – Michelle de Vries 86 79
166 – Crizelda van Niekerk 87 79
167 – Kera Healey AMA 87 80
168 – Gabriella Venter AMA 86 82
169 – Jamila Jaxaliyeva (KAZ) 89 80, Anne Sophie Le Nalio (FRA) 87 82
171 – Alet de Langen 87 84, Leslie Grandet (MAD) 85 86
172 – Muriel McIntyre (CAN) 89 83
173 – Teagan Lubbe AMA 88 85
174 – Kim de Klerk AMA 88 86
175 – Lorena Hermann AMA (SUI) 87 88
176 – Virginie Roques (FRA) 87 89
178 – Noluthando Mdanda AMA 91 87
179 – Laura Welch (CAN) 97 82
WDN – Caryn Louw 93 WDN, Marguerite Pienaar 85 WDN
RTD – Lee-Anne Pace RTD


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *