Investec South African Women's Open R2

Olivia Cowan takes control heading into weekend

March 12-14
Westlake Golf Club, Cape Town, South Africa
€200,000
Round 1, Round 3


Olivia Cowan took control on day two of the Investec South African Women’s Open, firing a 68 to lead on seven-under-par heading into the final round at Westlake Golf Club, in Cape Town.

South African Women's Open R2 - Olivia Cowan takes control
Olivia Cowan. Credit: Tristan Jones, courtesy of the Ladies European Tour


Playing in hot and sunny afternoon conditions, the 23-year-old from Germany started at the 10th and picked up her first birdie at the long 13th. She then made three successive birdies from the 15th to the 17th.

Although she dropped a shot on the par-four second hole, she made further gains at the fourth and fifth holes, before closing with a bogey on the ninth.

Cowan, a three-time winner on the 2015 LET Access Series, who won the Order of Merit the same year, is long overdue for a first LET victory. In 2019, her third year on the LET, she recorded a career best tie for second in the Dubai Moonlight Classic, which was one of seven top-10 finishes from 16 starts last season and she ended seventh on the LET Order of Merit for the second year in a row.

She has started the 2020 LET season with tie for 68th in the Australian Ladies Classic Bonville and a tie for 15th in the Women’s New South Wales Open and began the week ranked 28th on the Order of Merit.

After her second round, she said: “I was hitting my irons close and putting well, so I had a lot of chances, which I took. I’d say the best part of my game was my putting.


“The last couple of years here have been windy, so it is very different this year. The course is in great shape and it’s like any other LPGA or LET tournament, so really good.

“This is my first time being in this position, where I am two shots ahead of everyone going into the final round. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and seeing what happens.”

Scotland’s Kelsey MacDonald, England’s Alice Hewson and Italian Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso are three strokes back in joint second.


MacDonald, who had a second successive 70, said: “I’m very happy with my performance today. I hit a lot of greens and gave myself a lot of chances. I’m very happy going into tomorrow with how I played today.

“The greens were a little slower in the morning but when it started to heat up you could notice the difference. That was something I had to be mindful of during the round.”

Hewson, , who is playing in her first LET tournament as a rookie member, carded back-to-back 70s and said: “I’m really happy with how I played today. I putted really well, which I think is really important out here and I drove the ball well. I just need to work on my irons. It was nice to get off to a good start with three birdies in a row from my second hole.

“It’s very exciting to be here and finally get going. This is living the dream, really. It’s a beautiful place to be. Yesterday we went to Boulders Beach to see the penguins and maybe tomorrow we will go to Table Mountain.”


Colombotto Rosso, who dug deep for a 71, said: “I enjoyed it a lot because I made some incredible putts, from 10 or 15 metres, which I didn’t expect. I’m having fun and taking the best from it. Chipping in this grass is a bit challenging for me. I’m really proud that I made some birdies that I needed to. I was a bit angry with the bogey on my 16th, so it was good to birdie my 18th. It was a good reaction.”

The final round gets under way tomorrow morning, with the last putt expected to take place at 3.30pm. The champion will receive a two year exemption to the LET until the end of 2021, a place in the Evian Championship and the lion’s share of the €200,000 prize fund.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Olivia Cowan (GER)
-7
69
68
137
2
Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso (ITA)
-4
69
71
140
2
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
-4
70
70
140
2
Alice Hewson (ENG)
-4
70
70
140
5
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
-3
69
72
141
5
Monique Smit (RSA)
-3
70
71
141
7
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
-2
72
70
142
7
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
-2
73
69
142
9
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
-1
72
71
143
9
Manon De Roey (BEL)
-1
75
68
143
9
Emily Kristine Pedersen (DEN)
-1
73
70
143
9
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
-1
71
72
143
9
Ashleigh Buhai (RSA)
-1
70
73
143
14
Maria Hernandez (ESP)
Par
73
71
144
14
Jane Turner (SCO)
Par
74
70
144
14
Agathe Sauzon (FRA)
Par
72
72
144
14
Mireia Prat (ESP)
Par
71
73
144
14
Manon Gidali (FRA)
Par
72
72
144
14
Lee-Anne Pace (RSA)
Par
71
73
144
20
Rachel Rossel (SUI)
1
70
75
145
20
Hannah McCook (SCO)
1
73
72
145
20
EunJung Ji (KOR)
1
73
72
145
20
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
1
70
75
145
24
Patricia Sanz Barrio (ESP)
2
73
73
146
24
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
2
73
73
146
24
Tiia Koivisto (FIN)
2
72
74
146
24
Sian Evans (ENG)
2
73
73
146
24
Anna Magnusson (SWE)
2
75
71
146
24
Annelie Sjoholm (SWE)
2
73
73
146
30
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
3
72
75
147
30
Karoline Lund (NOR)
3
77
70
147
30
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
3
72
75
147
30
Laura Gomez Ruiz (ESP)
3
77
70
147
30
Sarah Schober (AUT)
3
73
74
147
30
Lejan Lewthwaite (RSA)
3
73
74
147
30
Mimmi Bergman (SWE)
3
72
75
147
37
Casandra Hall (RSA)
4
72
76
148
37
Charlotte Thompson (ENG)
4
75
73
148
37
Leonie Harm (GER)
4
74
74
148
37
Tvesa Malik (IND)
4
73
75
148
37
Morgane Metraux (SUI)
4
73
75
148
37
Becky Brewerton (WAL)
4
76
72
148
43
Maria Beautell (ESP)
5
73
76
149
43
Kim Williams (RSA)
5
73
76
149
43
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
5
75
74
149
43
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
5
75
74
149
43
Georgina Blackman (ENG)
5
78
71
149
43
Michele Thomson (SCO)
5
72
77
149
43
Sideri Vanova (CZE)
5
72
77
149
43
Alison Muirhead (SCO)
5
76
73
149
43
Christina Gloor (SUI)
5
74
75
149
43
Kaiyuree Moodley (RSA) (a)
5
74
75
149
43
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
5
76
73
149
43
Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)
5
74
75
149
43
Karolin Lampert (GER)
5
78
71
149
43
Nicole Garcia (RSA)
5
69
80
149
43
Carolin Kauffmann (GER)
5
73
76
149
58
Magdalena Simmermacher (ARG)
6
71
79
150
58
Caroline Rominger (SUI)
6
78
72
150
58
Linda Wessberg (SWE)
6
74
76
150
58
Elia Folch (ESP)
6
76
74
150
58
Maiken Bing Paulsen (NOR)
6
73
77
150
58
Chloe Williams (WAL)
6
76
74
150
58
Cara Gorlei (RSA)
6
75
75
150
58
Hayley Davis (ENG)
6
78
72
150
58
Ivanna Samu (RSA)
6
78
72
150
58
Sarina Schmidt (GER)
6
74
76
150
58
Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ)
6
75
75
150
58
Leticia Ras-Anderica (GER)
6
73
77
150
58
Inci Mehmet (ENG)
6
75
75
150
58
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
6
72
78
150
72
Rachael Goodall (ENG)
7
76
75
151
72
Eleanor Givens (ENG)
7
76
75
151
72
Cloe Frankish (ENG)
7
74
77
151
72
Kaylah Williams (RSA) (a)
7
75
76
151
72
Tara Griebenow (RSA)
7
80
71
151
72
Megan Streicher (RSA) (a)
7
78
73
151
72
Isabella Deilert (SWE)
7
76
75
151
72
Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir (ISL)
7
80
71
151
80
Gabrielle Macdonald (SCO)
8
76
76
152
80
Florentyna Parker (ENG)
8
73
79
152
80
Marta Martin (ESP)
8
80
72
152
80
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
8
75
77
152
80
Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA)
8
77
75
152
80
Pasqualle Coffa (NED)
8
70
82
152
80
Emelie Borggren (SWE)
8
78
74
152
80
Linette Littau Durr Holmslykke (DEN)
8
74
78
152
80
Sophie Keech (ENG)
8
76
76
152
80
Madelene Stavnar (NOR)
8
71
81
152
80
Jessica Dreesbeimdieke (RSA)
8
74
78
152
91
Bonita Bredenhann (NAM)
9
74
79
153
91
Tandi McCallum (RSA)
9
80
73
153
91
Dulcie Sverdloff (ENG)
9
76
77
153
91
Rachel Drummond (ENG)
9
77
76
153
91
Filippa Moork (SWE)
9
76
77
153
91
Rosie Davies (ENG)
9
75
78
153
91
Elina Nummenpaa (FIN)
9
74
79
153
98
Emie Peronnin (FRA)
10
81
73
154
98
Carly Booth (SCO)
10
76
78
154
98
Sanna Nuutinen (FIN)
10
76
78
154
98
Line Toft Hansen (DEN)
10
77
77
154
102
Laura Murray (SCO)
11
80
75
155
102
Jenny Haglund (SWE)
11
79
76
155
102
Woo-Ju Son (RSA)
11
80
75
155
102
Justine Dreher (FRA)
11
75
80
155
102
Kiran Matharu (ENG)
11
77
78
155
102
Franziska Friedrich (GER)
11
80
75
155
108
Lauren Taylor (ENG)
12
81
75
156
108
Yolanda Duma (RSA)
12
77
79
156
108
Gabriella Cowley (ENG)
12
76
80
156
108
Karina Kukkonen (FIN)
12
77
79
156
108
Emilie Piquot (FRA)
12
80
76
156
108
Kim Metraux (SUI)
12
76
80
156
108
Diksha Dagar (IND)
12
75
81
156
115
Stina Resen (NOR)
13
76
81
157
115
Michaela Fletcher (RSA)
13
76
81
157
117
Zethu Myeki (RSA)
15
79
80
159
117
Lindi Coetzee (RSA)
15
84
75
159
117
Emma Grechi (FRA)
15
80
79
159
120
Kyle Roig (USA)
16
76
84
160
120
My Leander (SWE)
16
75
85
160
120
Sharmila Nicollet (IND)
16
76
84
160
123
Marion Duvernay (FRA)
17
84
77
161
123
Shawnelle De Lange (RSA)
17
78
83
161
123
Clara Pietri (SUI)
17
77
84
161
126
Kelsey Nicholas (RSA)
18
82
80
162
127
Bobby Brown (RSA) (a)
19
79
84
163
128
Georgia Iziemgbe Oboh (NGR)
20
79
85
164
129
Brittney-fay Berger (RSA)
21
78
87
165
130
Bianca Wernich (RSA) (a)
23
81
86
167
131
Siviwe Duma (RSA)
28
87
85
172
131
Lara Weinstein (RSA)
28
87
85
172