Boland junior Megan Streicher made a name for herself at this year’s South African Women’s Amateur Championships when she beat defending champion Jordan Rothman to reach Thursday’s quarter-finals.
The 16-year-old first beat Kyra van Kan from Ekurhuleni 3 & 2 in the morning session to set a date with Rothman in round two at Woodhill Residential Estate and Country Club.
The Swellendam golfer was 2-up after four holes, and won the seventh to go 3-up. Rothman hit back on the 10th, but the writing was on wall when Streicher won 11, 12 and 13. The Western Province golfer won the 14th hole to keep the match alive, but Streicher took the 15th to win 5 & 3.
The Women’s Golf South Africa’s Most Improved Junior for 2018 showed off her blossoming form with a tie for sixth in the South African Women’s Stroke Play Championship on Tuesday, but exceeded her own expectations to make the top eight in one of South Africa’s premier amateur tournaments.
‘I want to shout it from the rooftops,’ said Streicher.
‘I’ve got to pinch myself. Of course you always hope to go all the way, but you never know how the chips will fall in match play. I had a tough opening match against Kyra, but I took the lead early on and just kept plugging away.’
The other big upset of the day saw Zethu Myeki – South Africa’s chief point-maker in the recent Regional All-Africa Challenge Trophy – go out in round one. The Randpark golfer lost her match against Nicola Schoeman at the 19th hole. Schoeman, in turn, went down 5 & 4 to local favourite Larissa du Preez.
Meanwhile, the top five finishers in the South African Women’s Stroke Play all sailed through to the quarter-finals.
Champion Kajal Mistry from Gauteng stayed on course for the elusive calendar double after ousting Bobbi Brown from Western Province 6 & 5 in round one, and defeating top Zimbabwean golfer Emily Jones 6 & 5 in round two.
CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ROUND 2 RESULTS
Kajal Mistry beat Emily Jones ZIM 6 & 5
Larissa du Preez beat Nicola Schoeman 5 & 4
Kiera Floyd beat Samantha Whateley 5 & 3
Kaiyuree Moodley beat Gabrelle Venter 7 & 6
Caitlyn Macnab beat Kaylan Boshof 9 & 7
Megan Streicher beat Jordan Rothman 5 & 3
Symone Henriques beat Kera Healey 3 & 2
Kaylah Williams beat Eleonora Galletti 5 & 3
CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ROUND 1 RESULTS
Kajal Mistry beat Bobbi Brown 6 & 5
Emily Jones ZIM beat Liezl Smit 2 & 1
Nicola Schoeman beat Zethu Myeki 19th Hole
Larissa du Preez beat Danielle Bekker 5 & 3
Kiera Floyd beat Nina Grey 2 & 1
Samantha Whateley beat Nadia van der Westhuizen 3 & 2
Kaiyuree Moodley beat Demi Flanagan 6 & 5
Gabrelle Venter beat Kim de Klerk 3 & 2
Caitlyn Macnab beat Annalie Swanepoel 4 & 3
Kaylan Boshof beat Zane Naude 1-up
Megan Streicher beat Kyra van Kan 3 & 2
Jordan Rothman beat Sandra Winter 2-up
Symone Henriques beat Alisa Rich 8 & 6
Kera Healey beat Marine Legentil 3 & 2
Kaylah Williams beat Vicki Traut 6 & 5
Eleonora Galletti beat Stephanie Barbaglia 2 & 1