Investec South African Women’s Open - R2

Lee-Anne Pace takes lead in South Africa

March 14-16
Westlake Golf Club, South Africa
R2,000,000
Round 1, Round 3


Former champion Lee-Anne Pace took control of the Investec South African Women’s Open on Friday and opened up a two-shot lead on the chasing pack at Westlake Golf Club on Friday.

Lee-Anne Pace takes lead in South Africa, © Ladies European Tour

© Ladies European Tour


The nine-time Ladies European Tour winner mixed five birdies with a solitary bogey for a four-under-par 68 and she will start the final round in familiar territory, having previously lifted the SA Open title in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Playing alongside Pace in the final group on Saturday will be two fearless rookies, who both navigated the tight, tree-lined layout in flawless round.

Indian left-hander Diksha Dagar took route 66 to move into second on two-under with a low round of the tournament and Esther Henseleit, whose five-under 67 lifted the German to third on her own on one-under.

Pace set herself a second round goal of four-under after a battling even-par 72 in the windy conditions on the first day. “I really wanted to be in contention, especially here in Cape Town where I have some family and friends watching,” said Pace. “I’m so pleased I was able to achieve it.”

After strong winds blowing up to 50 km per hour played havoc with the afternoon field in the first round, the morning starters arrived to sunny, wind still conditions on the famed course at the foot of Table Mountain for the second round

Pace was one of only a handful of players to take advantage of early the scoring opportunities and in what should serve as an ominous warning to her pursuers, the 11-time Sunshine Ladies Tour winner felt that the hard work she had put in over the off-season has given her complete control of her game.

“I’m shaping the ball nicely both ways and I’m feeling like I have a lot of control on my approach shots, which is key because some of these greens are quite small. I didn’t miss many shots today,” she explained. “I left a few putts out there and didn’t take advantage of the par fives I hit in two, so there is still room for improvement.”

Dagar turned professional in December last year after obtaining her LET card at Qualifying School.

She was four-over after the first three holes on day one, but settled quickly after the nervous start and signed for a 76. The 19-year-old former World Deaf Championship winner and 2017 Summer Deaflympics silver medallist showed none of the first round nerves as she went around the course in 66 strokes.

“I was on fire today,” said Dagar. “I only missed one green so I had a lot of birdie opportunities. I had trouble reading the greens in the first round, but I read them really well today. The grain slopes away from the mountain to the sea.

“I really attacked the flags and I hit almost every approach inside 15 feet. I’m happy that I was able to make some putts. It’s the first time that I’m playing in the leading group, so I am just going to shut out what the others are doing and play my own game.”


Twenty-year-old Henseleit is one of the most exciting young talents on the LET, having turned professional with an impressive handicap of plus seven.

The German racked up birdies on two, seven, eight, 13 and 16 to put herself in contention to claim her maiden Ladies European Tour title.

“I’m really happy to be where I am,” beamed the former PING Junior Solheim Cup player. “It’s only my fourth start in the pro ranks. I can’t wait to play in the final group. I’m going to go out there and have fun.”

Former Ladies European Tour winners Lydia Hall of Wales and Astrid Vayson de Pradenne of France sit a shot behind the German at level par, alongside England’s Charlotte Thompson.

There are a further four players within five shots of the lead, including two-time Ladies European Tour champion Carly Booth and Meghan MacLaren, who defended her Women’s New South Wales Open title in Australia last week.

Defending champion Ashleigh Buhai is the next best-placed South African. The three-time winner carded a level-par 72 to finish at three-over, one shot ahead of compatriot Stacy Bregman and.

Kajal Mistry was the only amateur to make the cut to 50 and ties, which fell at 10-over,

The GolfRSA Elite Squad player is five over after rounds of 73 and 76.

Mistry is the guaranteed winner of the Jackie Mercer Trophy for the leading amateur and she could overtake Lejan Lewthwaite for second in the Investec Property Fund Order of Merit if she finishes in the top 40 after the SA Women’s Masters champion missed the cut.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Lee-Anne Pace (RSA)
-4
72
68
140
2
Diksha Dagar (IND)
-2
76
66
142
3
Esther Henseleit (GER)
-1
76
67
143
4
Charlotte Thompson (ENG)
Par
76
68
144
4
Lydia Hall (WAL)
Par
73
71
144
4
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
Par
73
71
144
7
Carly Booth (SCO)
1
74
71
145
7
Michele Thomson (SCO)
1
73
72
145
7
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
1
76
69
145
7
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
1
72
73
145
11
Silvia Banon (ESP)
2
72
74
146
12
Sofie Bringner (SWE)
3
78
69
147
12
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
3
71
76
147
12
Annabel Dimmock (ENG)
3
74
73
147
12
Ashleigh Buhai (RSA)
3
75
72
147
16
Annelie Sjoholm (SWE)
4
75
73
148
16
Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)
4
74
74
148
16
Carrie Park (KOR)
4
77
71
148
16
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
4
73
75
148
16
Tiia Koivisto (FIN)
4
76
72
148
16
Emma Westin (SWE)
4
74
74
148
22
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
5
82
67
149
22
Sarah Nilsson (SWE)
5
81
68
149
22
Kajal Mistry (RSA) (a)
5
73
76
149
22
Sarah Schober (AUT)
5
71
78
149
22
Rachael Goodall (ENG)
5
74
75
149
22
Cloe Frankish (ENG)
5
76
73
149
28
Gabriella Cowley (ENG)
6
80
70
150
28
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
6
73
77
150
30
Sian Evans (ENG)
7
77
74
151
30
Kim Williams (RSA)
7
76
75
151
30
Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ)
7
80
71
151
30
Karolin Lampert (GER)
7
79
72
151
30
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
7
80
71
151
30
Olivia Cowan (GER)
7
78
73
151
30
Linda Wessberg (SWE)
7
78
73
151
30
Bonita Bredenhann (NAM)
7
75
76
151
38
Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA)
8
83
69
152
38
Manon Gidali (FRA)
8
82
70
152
38
Tandi Mc Callum (RSA)
8
76
76
152
38
Emie Peronnin (FRA)
8
80
72
152
42
Eleanor Givens (ENG)
9
79
74
153
42
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
9
79
74
153
42
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
9
78
75
153
42
Maria Palacios (PER)
9
80
73
153
42
Kylie Henry (SCO)
9
79
74
153
42
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
9
80
73
153
42
Maria Beautell (ESP)
9
77
76
153
49
Manon Molle (FRA)
10
83
71
154
49
Florentyna Parker (ENG)
10
80
74
154
49
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
10
81
73
154
49
Filippa Moerk (SWE)
10
77
77
154
49
Millie Soroha (IND)
10
77
77
154
49
Manon De Roey (BEL)
10
80
74
154
49
Frida Gustafsson Spang (SWE)
10
82
72
154
49
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
10
80
74
154
CUT
57
Mimmi Bergman (SWE)
11
81
74
155
57
Crizelda van Niekerk (RSA)
11
78
77
155
57
Gabrielle Macdonald (SCO)
11
82
73
155
57
Lora Assad (RSA)
11
78
77
155
57
Amy Walsh (AUS)
11
81
74
155
57
Stefania Avanzo (ITA)
11
79
76
155
57
Monique Smit (RSA)
11
79
76
155
57
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
11
78
77
155
65
Sanna Nuutinen (FIN)
12
81
75
156
65
Christine Wolf (AUT)
12
83
73
156
65
Nadine Dreher (AUT)
12
84
72
156
65
Astha Madan (IND)
12
81
75
156
65
Stina Resen (NOR)
12
74
82
156
65
Casandra Hall (RSA)
12
76
80
156
65
Kiran Matharu (ENG)
12
78
78
156
65
Clara Pietri (SUI)
12
78
78
156
65
Emilie Alonso (FRA)
12
82
74
156
74
Justine Dreher (FRA)
13
81
76
157
74
Lauren Taylor (ENG)
13
78
79
157
74
Lejan Lewthwaite (RSA)
13
84
73
157
74
Megan Streicher (RSA) (a)
13
79
78
157
74
Symone Henriques (RSA) (a)
13
79
78
157
74
Julie Berton (FRA)
13
79
78
157
74
Hannah Mccook (SCO)
13
76
81
157
74
Kelsey Nicholas (RSA)
13
79
78
157
82
Jane Turner (SCO)
14
85
73
158
82
Ana Menendez (MEX)
14
83
75
158
82
Lara Weinstein (RSA)
14
79
79
158
82
Tvesa Malik (IND)
14
81
77
158
82
Isabella Deilert (SWE)
14
80
78
158
82
Leanda Van der Watt (RSA)
14
80
78
158
82
Laura Murray (SCO)
14
76
82
158
89
Nastja Banovec (SLO)
15
81
78
159
89
Moa Folke (SWE)
15
81
78
159
89
Elia Folch (ESP)
15
83
76
159
89
Bertine Faber (RSA)
15
81
78
159
89
Alana Van Greuning (RSA)
15
79
80
159
94
Tara Griebenow (RSA) (a)
16
82
78
160
94
Rachel Rossel (SUI)
16
86
74
160
94
Caroline Rominger (SUI)
16
84
76
160
94
Emilie Piquot (FRA)
16
81
79
160
94
Rachel Raastad (NOR)
16
79
81
160
99
Jordan Rothman (RSA) (a)
17
83
78
161
99
Becky Brewerton (WAL)
17
86
75
161
99
Anna Svenstrup (SWE)
17
80
81
161
99
Georgia Iziemgbe Oboh (NGR)
17
80
81
161
103
Brittney-fay Berger (RSA)
18
85
77
162
104
Mae Cornforth (RSA)
19
87
76
163
104
Flora Peuch (FRA)
19
80
83
163
106
Zethu Myeki (RSA) (a)
20
86
78
164
106
Niina Liias (FIN)
20
82
82
164
106
Marion Duvernay (FRA)
20
78
86
164
109
Dominique Jacobs (RSA)
21
85
80
165
110
Fanny Cnops (BEL)
22
85
81
166
111
Siviwe Duma (RSA)
24
87
81
168
111
Anna Magnusson (SWE)
24
84
84
168
111
Lindi Coetzee (RSA)
24
86
82
168
114
Chiara Contomathios (RSA)
25
92
77
169
114
Laure Sibille (FRA)
25
88
81
169
116
Tijana Kraljevic (SRB)
26
86
84
170
116
Larissa Du Preez (RSA) (a)
26
87
83
170
116
Sofia Ljungqvist (SWE)
26
88
82
170
119
Nina Grey (RSA) (a)
27
89
82
171
119
Shawnelle De Lange (RSA)
27
87
84
171
121
Yolanda Duma (RSA)
29
92
81
173
122
Charlotte Austwick (ENG)
33
103
74
177
123
Ines Lescudier (FRA)
89
RTD
RTD
123
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
RTD
RTD
RTD
123
Laurette Maritz (RSA)
RTD
RTD
RTD
126
Pasqualle Coffa (NED)
DSQ
DSQ
DSQ