Delight for Dagar at SA Women's Open as Austwick struggles on LET debutMarch 17, 2019 News & Tour
Diksha Dagar claimed her first LET title in just her fourth professional start with a victory at the South African Women's Open. Joe Hughes wraps up the action from Cape Town
South African Women’s Open report: What happened at Westlake Golf Club?
Diksha Dagar overcame a back-nine three shot deficit to win her first tournament on tour in impressive style.
The 18-year-old chipped in for a stunning eagle on the 16th which sent her into a share of the lead.
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Having played her final two rounds bogey-free, she was a deserved winner and pipped last year’s champion, Lee-Anne Pace to the trophy.
Pace seemed to be in control of the final round with a three-shot lead on the 13th tee. But, a bogey at that hole as well as the 17th ended her title hopes.
Last week’s champion Meghan MacLaren finished in a respectable tie for eighth and it was another good week for Scotland Michele Thomson who claimed a share of third.
South African Women’s Open Report: Talking points
Testing conditions early on in the week made it tough to score well led with the cut line coming at 10-over-par.
An interesting name in the field was Charlotte Austwick of England. The 27-year-old survived a traumatic experience back in February when she was in South Africa to compete on the Sunshine Ladies Tour.
Herself, another player and a local caddy began to struggle when swimming at night off Marina Beach.
In a potentially fatal situation they were saved thanks to the efforts of a local restaurant staff and coastguards.
Less than a month later, the Englishwoman was back in South Africa and teeing it up in the Ladies European Tour, and unfortunately, it wasn’t the most prosperous of weeks.
Her chances of making the cut were slim to none after a gruelling first round of 103 but to her credit she dusted herself down and came out to shoot 74 on Friday which was a really solid score.
Ladies Tour News – ICYMI
Park rises to number one
Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen a fair few changes in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings including a change at the very top of the board.
Sung Hyun Park returned to the peak of the standings following her fabulous win in Singapore earlier this month.
She last topped the world’s ranking in October 2018, and she will be looking to hold onto her place for the foreseeable future.
Solheim Cup edges closer
The Solheim Cup will have been on the mind of any serious golf fans throughout this season and will continue to be until we finally arrive at Gleneagles in September.
You may have recently missed the news though that we are now less than SIX months away from the big one.
I’m sure we aren’t the only ones who are excited.