Paarl-born 40-year-old Lee-Anne Pace is still holding on to her lead after the second round, two-under with 74 points after a solid start this morning, 29 April 2021, at the Soweto Country Club.
She came back strong after a shaky start as she made two birdies on the bounce and finished the day two shots clear of chasing pack.
Pace has won in every season since the tour launched eight years ago and she picked up her last trophy in the 2020 Cape Town Ladies Open.
On second spot is 21-year-old Gauteng golfer Casandra Hall, who finished the day on par -72 points. She is posing a threat to challenge Pace’s lead as she enjoyed a third place finish in her rookie start in 2019.
A total of 13 SA golfers - who include Casandra Hall, Lee-Anne Pace, Michaela Fletcher, Nicole Garcia, Stacy Bregman, and Lindi Coetzee all in the top 10, followed by Monique Smit, Tandi McCallum, Stacy Bregman, Lejan Lewthwaite, Zethu Myeki, Lynette Fourie, Kim Williams, and Tara Griebenow have all made the cut out of 62 golfers who teed off at the start of the tournament on Wednesday, 28 April.
Bongi Mokaba, the Director of Events Management and the Joburg Ladies Open promoter, said the success of this tournament over the years affirms Joburg as a world-class African city with top-notch infrastructure.
“It’s a privilege and honour for the City of Johannesburg as a partner to play a role in the growth and development of the sport amongst women. Credit must also go to the visionary city’s leadership for tasking the events team to organise such an event, we started with Pro-Am on the on Tuesday and that alone is worth celebrating, hosting a ladies tournament in Soweto with its rich history for the freedom on this country.
“We are pleading with the government, private sector and sponsors to dig deep in their pockets to fund the Joburg Ladies Open to the level of the male counterparts for us to take this tournament to greater heights,” concluded Mokaba.
Written by Luyanda Lunika