THERE wasn’t too much ‘luck of the Irish’ for South Africa’s top women golfers at Killeen Castle from August 5 to 7.
Ashleigh Simon, Lee-Anne Pace and Tandi Cuningham all experienced varying degrees of success at the LET’ s Ladies Irish Open, which was won by Suzann Pettersen of Norway on -18.
Simon (-8) tied for 6th on scores of 68, 72 and 68.
Overall, she was very happy with her result. “I had been hitting it well at the Evian and Women’s British Open but had a few bad holes which made me end up missing the cut. That was the difference this week. I just kept the doubles off my card and made a few more birdies,” she said.
Pace (-6) fell out of contention in the final round with a 74 after a promising start of 67 and 69.
It was a disappointing way for her to finish but the signs are there that her A-game is returning.
For Cuningham (+8), who has been battling with her confidence, it was was another up and down week. But at least she made the cut.
During the first round she started off really well and had a share of the lead after 12 holes but then the wheels fell off and she shot 75.
In the second round, things went a lot better. “I made the cut after finishing two under for the round and +1 for the event,” she said.
She didn’t cover herself in glory in the final round.
“It was a mare, for lack for a better phrase. I started off feeling quite uncomfortable and nervous and my score really reflected that,” she said.
Still, she’s upbeat.
“I am on the right track and will get there.”
She said the course was ‘amazing’ and definitely her new favourite!
“It had great bent greens with lots of undulations. A very good Jack Nicklaus design that was right up my alley,” she said.
Stacy Lee Bregman missed the cut with a pair of 75s, as did Morgana Robbertze who started so well with 70, but then crashed out with an 82.
The Tour travels to Scotland next with the Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open presented by Event Scotland taking place at the Archerfield Links from 18 – 20 August. The field is limited to 60 players and is played in a Better Ball Medal Pro-Am format. Stacy Lee Bregman, Tandi Cuningham, Lee-Anne Pace, Morgana Robbertze and Ashleigh Simon make up the South African contingent.
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