History was made on Tuesday when our very own Ivanna Samu won the Sanlam South African Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Glendower Golf Club.
Heading into the tournament as favourite, and ranked as the number 1 Amateur in the Country, Ivanna had immense media pressure to deal with. This certainly hyped up expectations of her claiming the stroke play championship to add to the match play championship, which she won at Ruimsig Country Club last year.
Ivanna got off to a rocky start on day one and after making a triple on the 6th hole, she found herself at four over par through just 6 holes. If there is one thing we’ve learnt from watching Ivanna over the years is her belief and confidence in her own ability. This was proven on day 2 where over the same stretch of holes she did the complete opposite and went 4 under par (not to mention she almost aced the 6th hole!).
She made six birdies and finished with a round of 70, which under the conditions was a brilliant score and the only one under par. After beginning the day 4 strokes behind the leader, Ivanna now had a 3 stroke lead.
Round 3 started according to plan and an eagle on the second hole meant she led by 6. However, it wasn’t to be plain sailing. As we all know in this game, it isn’t over till it’s over! Holes 11, 12 and 13 at Glendower are certainly a test. You can score on these holes, but they can also bite you, and Ivanna was about to see just how big their teeth were!
She doubled all three holes and out of nowhere things were all tied up with Western Provinces Cara Gorlei! Once again she showed unbelievable determination where others may have folded. She then birded holes 14,15 (where she clipped a 9 iron into the par 5!) and 16 which opened up a 3 stroke lead and would be her eventual winning margin.
Not many people understand the amount of work that goes into achieving a feat such as this. Over the years Ivanna has moved TONS of soil on the driving range with tireless hours practise.
Ivanna we are so so PROUD OF YOU!
Enjoy the next few days and take in every moment!
TOP 20 RESULTS
220 Ivanna Samu 77 70 73
223 Cara Gorlei 78 75 70
226 Carrie Park 76 75 75
233 Bianca Theron 79 76 78; Bianca Lohbauer 73 77 83
234 Zethu Myeki 78 77 79
236 Natasha Carlsson 83 79 74; Kaleigh Telfer 84 76 76
237 Eleonora Galletti 79 83 75; Ruzanne Van der Walt 84 77 76
238 Vicki Traut 81 79 78; Vanessa Smith 81 76 81
239 Danielle Du Toit 84 82 73; Casandra Hall 83 76 80
240 Sarah Bouch 82 82 76
241 Caro Els 79 80 82
242 Marne Clack 82 84 76; Shawnelle De Lange 83 79 80; Zayb Fredericks 83 79 80
243 Sarah Blythe-Wood 82 82 79