Newcastle - Gauteng duo Kajal Mistry and Kaleigh Telfer will tee it up in the Women's Amateur Championship in Northern Ireland on Tuesday.
Elite Squad pair will face still competition at Royal County Down in one
of the strongest fields ever assembled in the 116-year history of the
premier women’s amateur event.
Telfer and Mistry have both been impressive on separate sides of the Atlantic this season.
Mistry enjoyed a
fantastic run on the Sunshine Ladies Tour. Two runner-up finishes,
combined with a slew of top 10s culminated in a third place finish in
the Investec Property Fund Order of Merit for
the Randpark golfer.
She took that
form to Woodhill Residential Estate and Country Club at the end of
April, where she backed up her rising star status with a rare calendar
double in the SA Women's Stroke Play and Match Play
heading to the United States in August, where she will be taking up a
golf scholarship at the Arkansas University in August, where fellow
Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation member Telfer has
been competing on the US collegiate circuit for two years.
University sophomore was the university's top finisher at both the SEC
Championship and NCAA Austin Regional in her first season, and broke
into the Top 100 on the national GolfStat Rankings.
off the fall portion in 2019 with her first career collegiate victory at
the Battle at the Beach in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Her five-under
total helped the Tigers cruise to a 17-stroke
victory, the program's first team win since 2014. She also placed third
in the Alexa Stirling.
The Bryanston golfer proudly represented South Africa in the inaugural Augusta National
Women's Amateur Championship with a joint
12th finish and in May, she was instrumental in helping the Tigers
reach the semi-finals of
the NCAA Women's Golf Championship.
With entries as
far afield as Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Russia, South
Korea and the United States, the 144-strong player field taking to the
renowned links in Newcastle features no less than
12 players inside the Top 50 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking,
including world No 14 Leonie Harm, back in title defence.
German champion is bidding to become the first back-to-back winner since
Sweden’s Louise Stahle’s victories in 2004 and 2005.
teenager Alessia Nobilo is the highest ranked player at 12th in the
world, and other in-form golfers taking to the fairways at Royal County
Down include 2019 Irish and Welsh Women's Open Stroke
Play champion Lily May Humphreys from England, reigning Girls Amateur
Champion Emma Spitz from Austria and Irish favourite Paula Grant.
champion gains entry to this year's AIG Women's British Open at Woburn
and the 2019 Evian Championship, as well as next year's US Women’s Open
and the Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship.
The field will
compete for the leading 64 spots in the match play stage over two rounds
of stroke play on June 11 and 12. Telfer will launch the South African
challenge at 08:36 (local SA time) and Mistry
is off at 14:34 in the afternoon.
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