Dowerglen – The slogan this previous week on the first Jabra Women Traditional on the Sunshine Women Tour was ‘Make Life Sound Higher’.
Life is certainly sounding tremendous candy for Anne-Lise Caudal after she edged out crowd favorite Nobuhle Dlamini to win the inaugural event on Friday.
The French golfer closed out a two-shot victory on four-under 212 with a one-over-par 73 to finish a seven-year successful drought at Glendower Golf Membership.
Dlamini from Swaziland carded 75 to complete second, whereas 14-year-old GolfRSA Elite Squad member Kiera Floyd from Ebotse returned a 73 to take the beginner honours with a third-place end on degree par.
Victory earned Caudal a winner’s cheque price R28 000, 250 factors that lifted her to fifth within the Investec Property Fund Order of Advantage race and a begin within the Jabra Women Open on the Women European Tour in Might.
Drenched, however smiling broadly after her fellow Sunshine Women Tour execs doused her on the 18th inexperienced, the Saint-Jean de Luz native mentioned: “That is my first win since I beat Laura Davies within the 2012 Unicredit German Women Open and this can be a actually particular second for me. A win is a win, and it doesn’t matter whether it is right here or on the Women European Tour. You continue to must play to win. I’m so very, very glad to be a champion once more.”
Caudal and Dlamini had been tied for the lead on five-under at first of the ultimate spherical, however Dlamini had the early benefit after Caudal obtained off to a bogey begin.
“I hit a foul tee shot and I had a foul lie; I struggled to make a bogey, however I just like the par 5, the second,” mentioned Caudal. “I hit two nice photographs, pitched it shut and made the birdie putt to get again to degree for the day. It’s all the time good to make a birdie after a bogey when you’re main, as a result of that places the stress in your opponent.”
Caudal had additional bogeys at 4 and 6, whereas Dlamini additionally backpedalled with bogeys at two and 6 and a triple on the par 4 seventh.
The Swazi nationwide matched Caudal with a birdie at 10, however Caudal took a two-shot lead and by no means relented. Each gamers birdied the par 5 15th and bogeyed the brief 17 earlier than closing out the spherical with pars at 18.
“It wasn’t fairly golf,” Caudal mentioned. “Nobby hit a number of unhealthy photographs off the tee, however she rallied with nice par saves. I did not strike the ball in addition to I did within the second spherical and I wasn’t in the most effective kind with the putter, however I managed to make a bunch of pars to maintain the momentum going.”
A recurring wrist damage hampered her comeback to the elite degree within the sport, however Caudal believes she is again on an upward curve. “I really feel like a winner once more,” she mentioned.
“I have been competing on the Sunshine Women Tour for six years, however this 12 months is the primary time that I’ve performed the total season. I constructed plenty of confidence right here; I got here second and I used to be within the main group a number of occasions within the final two months. I’ve all the time constructed good kind after I play three or 4 weeks in a row and I knew I used to be heading for an excellent week.”
Caudal was instrumental in carry Jabra to South Africa and elated that she might win the primary occasion for her sponsor.
“I wished to win for Jabra this week, to indicate them they’re backing a successful horse. I wished to get into the Jabra Women Open on benefit, not with an invite. I hope they are going to give the spot to Nobby,” she mentioned.
“I am actually glad Jabra got here out to the event this week and will see for themselves what an awesome circuit the Sunshine Women Tour is. The usual is excessive, it’s a very aggressive and there fantastic gamers who’re nice ambassadors for golf and South Africa.”
Caudal – the fifth new worldwide champion on the Sunshine Women Tour this season – will go head-to-head with Dlamini once more within the season-finale Joburg Women Open and the French golfer backs herself for extra success at Soweto Nation Membership subsequent week.
“I feel subsequent week goes to be one other tight one,” she mentioned. “It is all the time tight on the finish of the season and we’re taking part in for giant prize cash, too, however I feel I might problem for 2 in a row. However first we’re going to rejoice with a braai tonight at Nicole Garcia’s home.”
Floyd, who birdied the 2 par fives on the again 9 and the par three 17th to complete third, acquired some particular commendation from the 2019 Jabra Women Traditional champion throughout prize giving.
“Kiera goes to be a star in the future,” Caudal mentioned. “She is simply 14, however she didn’t again down from us within the final group and she or he performed to win. She hits it to this point and her short-game is absolutely robust, so it will not be lengthy earlier than she begins successful titles on the Sunshine Women Tour.”
Closing End result
All opponents RSA except in any other case specified and amateurs are indicated as AMA
212 – Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA) 71 68 73
214 – Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ) 68 71 75
216 – Kiera Floyd AMA 74 69 73
217 – Lauren Taylor (ENG) 74 72 71
218 – Casandra Corridor 78 71 69, Tandi Mc Callum 79 66 73
219 – Symone Henriques AMA 74 70 75, Tvesa Malik (IND) 72 71 76
220 – Kajal Mistry AMA 72 74 74
221 – Lejan Lewthwaite 77 76 68, Kiran Matharu (ENG) 76 70 75, Kim Williams 72 73 76
222 – Eleanor Givens (ENG) 79 73 70, Lenanda van der Watt 73 74 75
223 – Laurette Maritz 75 78 70, Rachel Rossel (SUI) 74 77 72, Emilie Piquot (FRA) 74 75 74
224 – Moa Folke (SWE) 75 75 74, Kelsey Nicholas 75 74 75, Lora Assad 71 76 77, Emilie Alonso (FRA) 73 74 77
226 – Kyle Roig (PUR) 74 73 79
227 – Marion Duvernay (FRA) 75 78 74, Bonita Bredenhann (NAM) 75 75 77
228 – Tara Griebenow AMA 75 77 76, Flora Peuch (FRA) 76 76 76
229 – Larissa Du Preez AMA 77 75 77, Bertine Faber 78 74 77, Clara Pietri (SUI) 75 76 78
231 – Emma Westin (SWE) 75 80 76, Jane Turner (SCO) 76 77 78
232 – Lara Weinstein 77 77 78
233 – Nadia van der Westhuizen AMA 74 83 76
235 – Brittney-Fay Berger 83 75 77, Millie Saroha (IND) 75 78 82
238 – Charlotte Austwick (ENG) 84 74 80
239 – Alana van Greuning 82 75 82
241 – Eleonora Galletti AMA 79 79 83