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Winter’s winning ways make history in George

Sandra Winter wrote her name into the record books when she achieved the first three-peat in the prestigious SA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at George Golf Club on Wednesday.
The Kingswood golfer finished eight strokes clear of fellow Southern Cape golfer Sonja Bland on eight-over-par 224 thanks to a closing three-over 75.
Few could question the serene way in which Winter went about her business as she built an almost unassailable lead with a first-round 74 and 75 on day two.
It was not all plain sailing for Winter, though, as she dropped five shots in the final round, including back-to-back bogeys at 17 and 18, but birdies at four and 16 helped her stretch her five-shot overnight lead.
‘Ever since I won the SA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship back to back in 2011 and 2012, I’ve always wanted to get the hat-trick and I’m absolutely delighted that I’ve done it,’ Winter said.
‘I played a lot of golf in preparation for the SA Women’s Inter-Provincial earlier this month and I thought I might have a good chance to capture my third title. Winning here at home makes this victory all the more special.’
Former champion Bland and two-time defending champion led the chase. Fancourt’s Bland rocked home birdies at 13 and 16 to take sole second with a 76 and Smith sealed third with 77.
Gauteng North’s Lenza de Jager captured the B-Division title with a staggering 20-stroke victory.
The Pretoria Country Club player carried an insurmountable 17-shot lead into the final round and put an exclamation mark on her winning performance with a final-round 87.
Knysna’s Sunette Venter closed with an 88 to edge out Wilmarie Greyling from Vredendal Golf Club by one shot to take second.
Tersia Swanepoel held off Gauteng North’s Dot van Ryneveld to win the C-Division.
Swanepoel from North West carded rounds of 31, 36 and 35 to triumph on 102, four strokes clear of Van Ryneveld and six shots ahead of Maydie Otto.

Second-round scores
A-Division (top 10)
224 Sandra Winter 74 75 75
232 Sonja Bland 82 74 76
236 Vanessa Smith 81 78 77
237 Desiree Earle 81 80 76
238 Lynne Behagg 80 78 80
242 Adele Beytell 85 75 82
248 Millie Zim-Dondashe 84 80 84
259 Lynn Slogrove 89 84 86
268 Carina Theron 91 88 89
269 Lisa Kowen 90 88 91

B-Division (top 10)
242 Lenza De Jager 80 75 87
264 Sunette Venter 89 87 88
265 Wilmarie Greyling 89 83 93
266 Conny Kottwitz 94 86 86
267 Christe-Mari Meyer 90 89 88; Anna Haering 89 92 86; Esme Orr 82 94 91
269 Gloria Greyvenstein 91 86 92
272 Louise Van Niekerk 88 92 92
273 Lizette Leeuwner-Grobler 93 91 89; Annamie Van Rensburg 93 90 90; Wilma Loubser 92 90 91

C-Division (top 10)
102 Tersia Swanepoel 31 36 35
98 Dot Van Ryneveld 33 33 32
96 Maydie Otto 31 32 33
94 Tarryn Borsutzky 29 30 35
89 Dawn Wessels 30 27 32; Yolandi Burger Kloppers 32 27 30; Isobel Cocks 33 23 33
85 Koeksie Eagar 25 26 34
84 Linda Erasmus 33 27 24
83 Tracy Thesen 28 27 28

Picture of the winning Winter at George Golf Club courtesy of Pieter Els


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