Investec South African Women’s Open - R3

Diksha Dagar claims maiden victory in South Africa

March 14-16
Westlake Golf Club, South Africa
R2,000,000
Round 1, Round 2


Inspired by a magical chip-in on the 16th hole, Indian rookie Diksha Dagar claimed victory in the Investec South African Women’s Open, celebrating a maiden Ladies European Tour win in just her fourth professional start at Westlake Golf Club on Saturday.

Diksha Dagar claims maiden victory in South Africa, © Ladies European Tour

© Ladies European Tour


The 18-year-old left-hander from New Delhi tapped in for par at the final hole for a three-under-par 69 to edge out former three-time champion Lee-Anne Pace by a stroke.

Fellow Ladies European Tour (LET) rookie Esther Henseleit of Germany and Scotland’s Michele Thomson shared third on three-under, with Lydia Hall from Wales and Scotland’s Carly Booth a further shot back in joint fifth.

For most of the final round, the tournament was Pace’s to lose as the nine-time LET champion looked in complete control in front of a vocal home crowd.

She held a three-stroke lead through 12 holes, but a surprise bogey on the par-five 13th cut her advantage to two shots. Dagar, who fired her first birdie at the par-four eighth, made her second at the short 15th to pull within a shot of Pace.

The Indian teenager’s approach at the par-five 16th landed just short of the green, but a precision chip dropped in the hole for a share of the lead.

She headed down 18 with a one stroke lead after Pace let another one slip at 17.

“I just went out today trying to play my normal game,” said the hearing impaired Dagar, who plays with a cochlear implant that helps her to hear at close-to-normal levels.

“I really didn’t expect to win, but it happened and I am very happy. I got two lucky breaks towards the end, with a long birdie putt on 15 and then the chip-in on 16. Normally I would just try to chip it close and make the par putt, but this time I had a feeling I could do it and it went in.”

Coming off a tie for fifth in last week’s Women’s New South Wales Open in Australia, Dagar got her tournament off to a nervous start with two double bogeys in the first three holes and signed for an opening round of four-over-par 76.

A flawless second round 66 propelled her into the leading group and a second consecutive bogey-free round was enough for the former World Deaf Championship winner and a silver medallist in the 2017 Summer Deaflympics to claim her breakthrough.

Victory came with a massive boost to fourth in the LET Order of Merit and the top spot in the LET Rookie of Year Race, but the teenager is keeping her feet on the ground for now. “My goal for the rest of the season is to just stay focused and take each tournament as it comes,” she said.

Cheryl Leicher: Head of Marketing Investec Property, was thrilled to see the young starlet rise to the occasion.

“Congratulations to Diksha on claiming this year’s Investec South African Women’s Open title,” said Leicher. “For the last five years, Investec Property has proudly supported women’s golf, through the sponsorship of this LET co-sanctioned tournament, our individual sponsorships and our support of the Sunshine Ladies Tour. These powerful partnerships allow us to grow the sport of golf for women in South Africa.”

While bitterly disappointed, Pace was gracious in defeat. “Diksha played great and didn’t make a mistake the whole day,” she said.

“I knew that I had to make birdies to win and unfortunately I left one short at 16 and then missed a par putt at 17. I’m not too disappointed because I played great golf, but I made two mistakes and they cost me the tournament.”

Despite it being her best finish in her short professional career, Henseleit was left mixed emotions after a bogey at the last dropped her to third.

“At the moment I’m a bit disappointed,” she lamented. “I needed a birdie at the last and I made bogey, so that was frustrating. In time I will look back and be quite happy about finishing third. I hit so many good iron shots but the putts just didn’t drop today. It wasn’t my day.”

GolfRSA Elite Squad player Kajal Mistry lifted the Jackie Mercer Trophy as amateur winner – marking the fifth successive time that the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation member won the leading amateur honours on the Sunshine Ladies Tour this season.

The 18-year-old Randpark golfer carded rounds of 73, 76 and 74. A joint 30th finish lifted Mistry to second in the Investec Property Fund Order of Merit.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
Prize Money R
1
Diksha Dagar (IND)
-5
76
66
69
211
19,347.46
2
Lee-Anne Pace (RSA)
-4
72
68
72
212
13,427.26
3
Michele Thomson (SCO)
-3
73
72
68
213
7,745.09
3
Esther Henseleit (GER)
-3
76
67
70
213
7,745.09
5
Carly Booth (SCO)
-2
74
71
69
214
4,803.30
5
Lydia Hall (WAL)
-2
73
71
70
214
4,803.30
7
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
-1
72
73
70
215
3,686.39
8
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
1
82
67
68
217
2,612.21
8
Carrie Park (KOR)
1
77
71
69
217
2,612.21
8
Ashleigh Buhai (RSA)
1
75
72
70
217
2,612.21
8
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
1
76
69
72
217
2,612.21
12
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
2
73
75
70
218
1,989.68
12
Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)
2
74
74
70
218
1,989.68
12
Silvia Banon (ESP)
2
72
74
72
218
1,989.68
15
Karolin Lampert (GER)
3
79
72
68
219
1,745.54
15
Sofie Bringner (SWE)
3
78
69
72
219
1,745.54
15
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
3
73
71
75
219
1,745.54
18
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
4
80
71
69
220
1,550.24
18
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
4
73
77
70
220
1,550.24
18
Emma Westin (SWE)
4
74
74
72
220
1,550.24
18
Annabel Dimmock (ENG)
4
74
73
73
220
1,550.24
22
Olivia Cowan (GER)
5
78
73
70
221
1,403.76
22
Sian Evans (ENG)
5
77
74
70
221
1,403.76
22
Charlotte Thompson (ENG)
5
76
68
77
221
1,403.76
25
Manon De Roey (BEL)
6
80
74
68
222
1,257.28
25
Sarah Schober (AUT)
6
71
78
73
222
1,257.28
25
Tiia Koivisto (FIN)
6
76
72
74
222
1,257.28
25
Annelie Sjoholm (SWE)
6
75
73
74
222
1,257.28
25
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
6
71
76
75
222
1,257.28
30
Manon Molle (FRA)
7
83
71
69
223
1,098.59
30
Kylie Henry (SCO)
7
79
74
70
223
1,098.59
30
Cloe Frankish (ENG)
7
76
73
74
223
1,098.59
30
Rachael Goodall (ENG)
7
74
75
74
223
1,098.59
30
Kajal Mistry (RSA) (a)
7
73
76
74
223
Amateur
30
Sarah Nilsson (SWE)
7
81
68
74
223
1,098.59
36
Frida Gustafsson Spang (SWE)
8
82
72
70
224
1,000.94
36
Florentyna Parker (ENG)
8
80
74
70
224
1,000.94
36
Eleanor Givens (ENG)
8
79
74
71
224
1,000.94
39
Filippa Moerk (SWE)
9
77
77
71
225
866.67
39
Maria Beautell (ESP)
9
77
76
72
225
866.67
39
Tandi Mc Callum (RSA)
9
76
76
73
225
866.67
39
Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA)
9
83
69
73
225
866.67
39
Bonita Bredenhann (NAM)
9
75
76
74
225
866.67
39
Linda Wessberg (SWE)
9
78
73
74
225
866.67
39
Kim Williams (RSA)
9
76
75
74
225
866.67
39
Gabriella Cowley (ENG)
9
80
70
75
225
866.67
47
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
10
78
75
73
226
732.4
47
Manon Gidali (FRA)
10
82
70
74
226
732.4
47
Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ)
10
80
71
75
226
732.4
50
Millie Soroha (IND)
11
77
77
73
227
671.36
50
Maria Palacios (PER)
11
80
73
74
227
671.36
50
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
11
79
74
74
227
671.36
53
Emie Peronnin (FRA)
12
80
72
76
228
646.95
54
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
13
80
73
76
229
634.74
55
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
14
80
74
76
230
616.44
55
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
14
81
73
76
230
616.44
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
Amateur
74
Symone Henriques (RSA) (a)
13
79
78
157
Amateur
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
Amateur
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
Amateur
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
Amateur
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
Amateur
116
Sofia Ljungqvist (SWE)
26
88
82
170
119
Nina Grey (RSA) (a)
27
89
82
171
Amateur
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
123
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
*
*
RTD
123
Laurette Maritz (RSA)
*
*
RTD
126
Pasqualle Coffa (NED)
*
*
DSQ