Investec South African Women's Open R3

Alice Hewson marks Ladies European Tour debut with victory

March 12-14
Westlake Golf Club, Cape Town, South Africa
€200,000
Round 1, Round 2



Alice Hewson’s professional career couldn’t have started any better.

The 22-year-old from Hemel Hempstead in England won the Investec South African Women’s Open on her first start as a rookie member of the Ladies European Tour at Westlake Golf Club on Saturday, coming from three strokes behind the overnight leader, Olivia Cowan, to win by a shot.

South African Women's R3 - Hewson marks debut with victory
Alice Hewson of England with her trophy. Credit: Tristan Jones, courtesy of the Ladies European Tour

“I couldn’t have hoped for a better start. It feels absolutely incredible and it really is a dream come true. Growing up as a kid, all I could ever dream of was playing on the Ladies European Tour and to come and win my first event, the feeling is indescribable,” said Hewson, who turned professional in September and finished fifth at LET Q-School in January.


“This has definitely happened a lot quicker than I thought it would. I was hoping to get off to a nice steady start, but this is definitely a good thing!”

Hewson birdied the first hole in the final round and although she bogeyed the third, she quickly clawed another shot back on the fourth hole, moving to five-under-par.


She entered a four-way share of the lead after nine holes and then took the sole advantage after the three players in the final group bogeyed the 10th hole.

With a bogey of her own on the 11th, she dropped back into a share of the lead but then broke away from the pack with a birdie on the long 13th hole and the rest of the field was unable to catch her.


It could have been a shaky finish for a lesser player, as she found trouble under the trees on 18 and her second shot hit some branches, causing the ball to drop back down into the rough, but she played a gutsy chip shot up to the green and then holed a seven foot putt for par to complete a round of 71, ending on five-under-par.

“The 18th was a bit of a highlight because I was in a bit of trouble off the tee and was still in trouble after my third shot, and I think another highlight would be the par-5 13th, because I made a solid birdie there,” said the 2019 European Ladies’ Amateur Champion, adding: “Most of the week my putting has been very good, and my driving. I just went out there to play my own game. This golf course can play pretty tough and it’s going to give some shots back to you so I tried to keep my game super steady and make some birdies.”


When asked if she was concerned about whether the tournament should have been played, given the Coronavirus pandemic, she said: “I think it was definitely the right decision that we continued playing this week and it’s also the right decision that future tournaments have been cancelled. Everyone was already here and there is a very low risk here so it was nice to be able to play some golf, because we don’t know how long it’s going to be now before we will again.”

Hewson finished a stroke ahead of Sweden’s Emma Nilsson and South African Monique Smit, who both recorded career best finishes of second on the LET. Smit’s joint runner-up finish also saw her leapfrog fellow LET member Stacy Bregman to win the Sunshine Ladies Tour’s Investec Order of Merit and she said: “This is unreal. Right now, it’s very surreal. Standing over the final putt, I knew I had to hole it and I just felt extremely confident. That putt earned me my travel money for the year.


“My mom passed away last year and in every tournament this season, I’ve thought of her because she always used to caddie for me on the Sunshine Ladies Tour. Today, facing that final putt, I really felt her and that putt was for my mom.”

Scotland’s Kelsey MacDonald, Manon de Roey from Belgium and Manon Gidali from France tied for fourth, while overnight leader Olivia Cowan from Germany tied for seventh.

The leading amateur was former Youth Olympian Kaiyuree Moodley, who finished in a tie for 46th place.


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
Prize Money €
1
Alice Hewson (ENG)
-5
70
70
71
211
30,000
2
Monique Smit (RSA)
-4
70
71
71
212
15,000.00
2
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
-4
69
72
71
212
15,000.00
4
Manon Gidali (FRA)
-3
72
72
69
213
7,466.67
4
Manon De Roey (BEL)
-3
75
68
70
213
7,466.67
4
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
-3
70
70
73
213
7,466.67
7
Agathe Sauzon (FRA)
-2
72
72
70
214
4,550.00
7
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
-2
71
72
71
214
4,550.00
7
Emily Kristine Pedersen (DEN)
-2
73
70
71
214
4,550.00
7
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
-2
72
71
71
214
4,550.00
7
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
-2
73
69
72
214
4,550.00
7
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
-2
72
70
72
214
4,550.00
7
Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso (ITA)
-2
69
71
74
214
4,550.00
7
Olivia Cowan (GER)
-2
69
68
77
214
4,550.00
15
Ashleigh Buhai (RSA)
-1
70
73
72
215
3,600.00
16
Lejan Lewthwaite (RSA)
Par
73
74
69
216
3,350.00
16
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
Par
73
73
70
216
3,350.00
18
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
1
70
75
72
217
3,050.00
18
Lee-Anne Pace (RSA)
1
71
73
73
217
3,050.00
18
Mireia Prat (ESP)
1
71
73
73
217
3,050.00
18
Karolin Lampert (GER)
1
78
71
68
217
3,050.00
22
Hannah McCook (SCO)
2
73
72
73
218
2,700.00
22
Jane Turner (SCO)
2
74
70
74
218
2,700.00
22
Maria Hernandez (ESP)
2
73
71
74
218
2,700.00
25
Casandra Hall (RSA)
3
72
76
71
219
2,353.33
25
Anna Magnusson (SWE)
3
75
71
73
219
2,353.33
25
Tiia Koivisto (FIN)
3
72
74
73
219
2,353.33
28
Karoline Lund (NOR)
4
77
70
73
220
2,070.00
28
Sian Evans (ENG)
4
73
73
74
220
2,070.00
30
Laura Gomez Ruiz (ESP)
5
77
70
74
221
1,890.00
30
Becky Brewerton (WAL)
5
76
72
73
221
1,890.00
30
Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)
5
74
75
72
221
1,890.00
30
Maiken Bing Paulsen (NOR)
5
73
77
71
221
1,890.00
34
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
6
72
75
75
222
1,620.00
34
EunJung Ji (KOR)
6
73
72
77
222
1,620.00
34
Sideri Vanova (CZE)
6
72
77
73
222
1,620.00
34
Nicole Garcia (RSA)
6
69
80
73
222
1,620.00
34
Leticia Ras-Anderica (GER)
6
73
77
72
222
1,620.00
39
Leonie Harm (GER)
7
74
74
75
223
1,262.86
39
Patricia Sanz Barrio (ESP)
7
73
73
77
223
1,262.86
39
Rachel Rossel (SUI)
7
70
75
78
223
1,262.86
39
Carolin Kauffmann (GER)
7
73
76
74
223
1,262.86
39
Magdalena Simmermacher (ARG)
7
71
79
73
223
1,262.86
39
Hayley Davis (ENG)
7
78
72
73
223
1,262.86
39
Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ)
7
75
75
73
223
1,262.86
46
Sarah Schober (AUT)
8
73
74
77
224
900
46
Charlotte Thompson (ENG)
8
75
73
76
224
900
46
Tvesa Malik (IND)
8
73
75
76
224
900
46
Maria Beautell (ESP)
8
73
76
75
224
900
46
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
8
75
74
75
224
900
46
Michele Thomson (SCO)
8
72
77
75
224
900
46
Kaiyuree Moodley (RSA) (a)
8
74
75
75
224
Amateur
46
Linda Wessberg (SWE)
8
74
76
74
224
900
46
Ivanna Samu (RSA)
8
78
72
74
224
900
46
Sarina Schmidt (GER)
8
74
76
74
224
900
46
Inci Mehmet (ENG)
8
75
75
74
224
900
57
Mimmi Bergman (SWE)
9
72
75
78
225
630
57
Morgane Metraux (SUI)
9
73
75
77
225
630
57
Annelie Sjoholm (SWE)
9
73
73
79
225
630
57
Alison Muirhead (SCO)
9
76
73
76
225
630
57
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
9
76
73
76
225
630
57
Cara Gorlei (RSA)
9
75
75
75
225
630
63
Elia Folch (ESP)
10
76
74
76
226
550
63
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
10
72
78
76
226
550
65
Georgina Blackman (ENG)
11
78
71
78
227
520
66
Kim Williams (RSA)
12
73
76
79
228
490
66
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
12
75
74
79
228
490
68
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
13
72
75
82
229
440
68
Christina Gloor (SUI)
13
74
75
80
229
440
68
Chloe Williams (WAL)
13
76
74
79
229
440
71
Caroline Rominger (SUI)
15
78
72
81
231
400
CUT
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
Amateur
72
Tara Griebenow (RSA)
7
80
71
151
72
Megan Streicher (RSA) (a)
7
78
73
151
Amateur
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
Amateur
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