Determined Du Toit sticks to Samu at SA Girls

Sunshine Ladies Tour

Orkney, 29 June 2015 – South Africa’s number one junior Ivanna Samu stayed in the hunt at Orkney Golf Club, but the reigning Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur and Stroke Play champion will have to find a way to shake off Danielle du Toit if she hopes to claim the prestigious Nomads SA Girl’s Championship on Tuesday.

Du Toit and Samu both opened with 73s and started the second round one stroke behind Shawnelle de Lange.

Gauteng’s Samu mixed four birdies with five bogeys and a double bogey for a 75, but Du Toit mirrored her 75 to claim a share of pole position at four over 148.

The Gauteng North junior showed great determination as she minimized the damage of two double bogeys and a pair of bogeys with a trio of birdies.

The Gauteng quartet of Kaleigh Telfer, Kajal Mistry, Woo-Ju Son and De Lange also finished within striking distance of the leaders.

Telfer, who opened with a disappointing 78, rallied with a superb even-par 72 to finish just two off the pace alongside Mistry, who posted a second successive 75.

Son returned a 77 and De Lange a 79 to lurk three strokes off the pace.

Meanwhile Noluthando Mdanda protected her overnight lead in the B-Division for 10-18 handicaps by adding an 83 to her opening 84.

The Gauteng junior tops the leaderboard at 167, and holds a one stroke lead over Cleo Jordaan. Jordaan from Gauteng North improved eight strokes on her opening 88, while Danielle Bekker from Zimbabwe moved into third on 140 after a second successive 85.

Iman Adams lagged well off the pace after an opening 91, but the Western Province junior vaulted to a share of fourth with an impressive second round 80. She is tied with Jo-Lindie Richter (85, 86) from Gauteng North on 171.

Action in the C- and D-Divisions also got underway in the bitterly cold conditions at Orkney Golf Club on Monday.

Megan Streicher from Boland leads the stableford competition in the C-Division (19-25 handicaps) on 40 points. Kaylin van der Merwe from Gauteng North is second on 37 and Western Province’s Cameron Seboa is third on 36 points.

Tebogo Lefifi from Gauteng carded a 40 to take a two point lead in the D-Division.

Danielle Foster from Western Province is second on 38, three points clear of Gauteng’s Palesa Rafutho.

PHOTO – Danielle du Toit from Gauteng North shares the second round lead in the Nomads SA Girl’s Championship at Orkney Golf Club; credit Catherine Kotze / SASPA.