Augusta - Tough scoring conditions got the better of South
Africa’s Kaleigh Telfer in Thursday’s second round of the Augusta National
Women’s Amateur, who had to battle her way into the final round field in a
GolfRSA Elite Squad member began moving day in third spot on three-under, but
struggled to manage her game in the windy conditions and tougher pin positions.
She carded a 76 to finish on three-over, which landed her in a fight for
survival in the 21st position with 10 other players.
ensuing playoff for the last 10 spots for the top 30, Telfer made a superb
up-and-down for par at the first extra hole - the par four 10th - to book her
place for the final round at Augusta National.
“I had a
really up and down day,” Telfer said.
a lot of time at the beach, going bunker to bunker and making some great par
saves on the front nine and dropped a couple of shots coming home. I had a
birdie chance at the last hole, but I missed the putt and had a stressful wait
to see where the cut would fall.
really calm teeing it up in the playoff and I hit a great tee shot. The second
shot was a little confusing with the wind. I went with a 7-iron instead of a
6-iron and came up short of the green, but I managed to chip it close and make
the par to get through.
honestly disappointed with my performance, but I made it and that’s what
counts. Now we push the reset button and start with a clean slate at Augusta
National. I am so excited to get there. Looking forward to a productive
practice round on Friday and the final round on the weekend.”
Golf South Africa President Sally Greasley had a birds’ eye view of the action
at the Champions Retreat Golf Club on Thursday.
was not on her game and right from the start, she leaked her drives left and
right. It was a scrambling round, but she made unbelievably good par saves to
keep her round going,” Greasley said.
front nine of the course is relatively flat and benign, but there were some
true sucker pins that made it extremely hard to try and position oneself for a
one putt. The back nine is definitely the more difficult loop with lots
of hills and valleys and raised greens, surrounded by bunkers.
turned, the breeze intensified and it was really tough to judge as the course
is lined with pine trees that funnel the wind and affects the speed.
drive went right and finished on the bank of the creek at the 15th hole. The
left-side was marked as a penalty area, but the right-hand side not and this
meant a return-trip to the tee box and a very difficult approach over the creek
into a very narrow green. She also bogeyed 16 and 17, where she left herself on
the right of the green at the par three with no chance of making an up-and-down
to save par.”
missed birdie chance at the par five 18th meant a nail-biting wait for the
Auburn University student and her family.
mom Catherine and I sat and watched the leaderboard on 18 while she kept warm
and it was almost more stressful than watching her play,” Greasley said.
was relieved to be drawn in the first three-ball in the ensuing playoff. She
split the fairway with her drive, but her approach landed just short of the
green in the little valley to the right. She hit a brilliant chip to six foot
and made the par putt.
one of her playing partners, Alessia Nobilio from Italy, bogeyed the first
playoff hole, we knew Kaleigh made it. She was extremely disappointed with her
game, but we reminded her that she came to qualify for the final round and she
reached her objective. We are all looking forward watching her make history
with 29 other players on Saturday. Imagine being the first female players on
the hallowed turf of Augusta.
buzz around this ground-breaking tournament is indescribable. Everywhere I’ve
gone, wearing my GolfRSA jacket, I’ve been approached by people who are so
excited, boasting about their tickets and being part of this historic event.
It’s really a huge deal and we are so proud to be flying the South African flag
here this week.”
number one Jennifer Kupcho will lead the 30-strong players’ field at Augusta
National on Saturday. The 21-year-old carded a one-under-par 71 to hang on to a
one-stroke lead on five-under.