Casandra Hall sealed a hard-fought Sunshine Ladies Tour victory when she prevailed in an epic tussle with Lee-Anne Pace to win the Joburg Ladies Open by one shot at the Soweto Country Club on Friday, 30 April 2021.
The rain almost made it impossible for the final round to conclude, however, it cleared and the final round that was scheduled to start at 07:30am finally kicked off hours later at 09:40am.
“I am absolutely delighted,” said the smiling 21-year-old. “I won twice on the Vodacom Origins of Golf Series and the Investec Royal Swazi Ladies Open at Sun City, but all of those were against a handful of players. This feels like a maiden win, beating a full field is an incredible feeling.”
The Glendower golfer was paired with the Tour’s most prolific winner Pace, who held a two-shot overnight lead and was targeting a 14th title on Africa’s premier women’s professional circuit.
The Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Geoffrey Makhubo, congratulated Hall for her hard-earned victory and for ensuring the Joburg Ladies Open trophy remains in Gauteng.
“I am delighted that Gauteng-born Cassandra emerged victorious ensuring that the cup remains in Gauteng. Credit must also go to the Director of Events Management in the City of Joburg, Bongi Mokaba and her team for the many years of sterling work and for enlisting the help of generous sponsors in their quest to take this tournament to greater heights.
“I am pleased to announce that we have given them the go-ahead to negotiate for the continuation of both tournaments, Joburg Open as well as Joburg Ladies Open for the City to continue to support the growth and development of the sport in the City,” said Mayor Makhubo.
Director of Events Management in the City of Joburg and the tournament promoter Bongi Mokaba said she couldn’t sleep in the early hours as the rain was pouring.
“I thought we were not going to finish the tournament today, however, the heavens listened to my prayers and we were able to start two hours later but the important thing is that we are now here 15:00 we are done the tournament is finished I can now go home and relax.
"Credit must go the golf course itself and the proper drainage system it has as it was still playable after such heavy rains in the early hours,” concluded a delighted Mokaba.
She also expressed her joy for the greenlight they have been given by the City’s leadership to negotiate for the City to continue to host and support the tournaments.
Written by Luyanda Lunika