Ivanna Samu sealed an emotional Nomads SA Girls Championship victory at the third hole of a thrilling play-off at Orkney Golf Club and the tears streaming down her face told the story of the pressure, the battle and the glory to own one of junior golf’s most important titles.
It was the second successive year that the country’s top ranked amateur had to fight for victory in extra time.
The 17-year-old Ruimsig golfer came up short against Cara Gorlei in 2014 and this time, she was pushed to the limit by promising Gauteng North golfer, Danielle du Toit.
“It wasn’t who would win, but who would make the first mistake,” said an emotional Samu.
“Danielle played brilliant golf and matched me shot for shot for three rounds and this final round was a ding-dong battle over 21 holes. I have never felt so drained, so exhausted and so exhilarated at the same time.
“I was gutted when I lost last year, so I am ecstatic that I pulled it through this time.
“This was one title I really, really wanted to win, but this was undoubtedly the hardest victory of my career.
“I have to thank my coach Graeme Francis for keeping me positive and giving me a strong mental framework. I needed everything I had out there. And thank you to my family and friends, for their incredible support – this one is for all of you.”
Fourteen-year-old Woo-Ju Son closed with a 74 to finish on 225, while fellow Gauteng golfers Kaleigh Telfer and Kajal Mistry shared fourth on 227 after posting a pair of 77s.
B, C and D DIVISIONS
Noluthando Mdanda completed a wire-to-wire victory in the B-Division for 10-18 handicaps.
The Modderfontein junior carded rounds of 84, 83 and 88 to claim a three-stroke victory on 255 over Zimbabwe’s Danielle Bekker (85-85-88) and Cleo Jordaan (88-80-90) from Gauteng North.
Megan Streicher from Boland won the C-Division (handicaps 19-25) by three points from Limpopo’s Lene Kruger with a total of 81 after rounds of 40 and 41.
Tebogo Lefifi (40-36) carded rounds of 26-32 to claim a three point victory on 76 points in the D-Division for 26-32 handicaps. Fellow Gauteng golfer Palesa Rafutho (35-38) was second.
A-DIVISION TOP 10 RESULT
- 224* Ivanna Samu 73 75 76 (third play-off hole)
- 224 Danielle Du Toit 73 75 76
- 225 Woo-Ju Son 74 77 74
- 227 Kajal Mistry 75 75 77;
- Kaleigh Telfer 78 72 77
- 228 Shawnelle De Lange 72 79 77
- 229 Eleonora Galletti 77 78 74
- 231 Chiara Contomathios 79 77 75
- 233 Brittney-Fay Berger 80 75 78
- 234 Michelle Swanepoel 77 80 77