Gauteng North’s Carrie Park celebrated a double return to the winner’s circle in the Gauteng North Championship in July. Park first claimed the Stroke Play title then defeated Lejan Lewthwaite at the 20th hole to clinch the Match Play crown
at Zwartkop Country Club.
“It feels like this has been a long time coming, because I’ve been playing really very well for a while now,” said Park.
The 18-year-old Centurion golfer returned rounds of 73, 67 and 69 to win the Stroke Play on four-under-par 209, finishing two strokes clear of Lethwaite from Ekurhuleni and Western Province’s Cara Gorlei – already a five-time winner this season.
She eliminated Kajal Mistry (4&3), Zethu Myeki (19th) and Woo-Ju Son (3&2) en route to the Match Play final against Lewthwaite.
“I played solidly in the stroke play and had four chip-ins for birdies,” Park said.
“I hit my irons and driver really well in the match play and sank some very long putts, so my
overall game is all there.”
The country’s former number one ranked amateur has been in threatening form since she took third in the Sanlam SA Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Glendower in April.
Park followed this with fourth in the Gauteng Senior Championship, third in the Individual Competition at the WGSA 72 Hole Teams Championship and third again in the Limpopo Championship. And following the Zwartkop double, she clinched the Sanlam SA Women’s Match Play title at Kloof Country Club (see separate story).
Sanlam Sponsorship Manager Gary van Loggerenberg said the company is very proud of its association with Women’s Golf South Africa and its role in developing South Africa’s emerging talent.
“We strive to provide an enduring platform for our country’s rising stars through our sponsorship of Women’s Golf South Africa’s two flagship events – the Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur Stroke Play and Sanlam SA Amateur Championships,” he said.
“The popularity and support that these two events receive is a positive reflection of Sanlam’s long-term sponsorship of the game and our investment in the youth.”