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Two of the top contenders for the sixth Sanlam SA Women's Amateur Golf Championship have underlined their good form in the run-up to the showpiece, scheduled for Western Cape this month.
Smooth-swinging Bertine Strauss and number two Kim Williams will be showcasing their skills to local fans when the 92nd edition of South Africa' s premier women's amateur tournament is staged at the picturesque Royal Cape Golf Club from April 19-24.
Rustenberg's Strauss, the recent winner of the Eastern Cape and Western Province matchplay championships, tops both the junior and senior ladies rankings, while Pretoria's Williams clinched the KwaZulu-Natal double, the North West strokeplay championship and was the top amateur at the SA Open in recent weeks.
"We have a tremendous field for the event and the latest results clearly show the top contenders are in good form," said Gary van Loggerenberg of Sanlam.
"This is great news for the tournament and for the local fans, who can look forward to seeing some fantastic action at Royal Cape later this month.
"We are committed to providing opportunities to amateur golfers and we are delighted to welcome a field of 143 players, including golfers from six African countries to this year's event," Van Loggerenberg said.
Other in-form contenders in the field expected to challenge for the prestigious title include Connie Chen, the third-ranked player in South Africa, Monique Smit, who is competing in limited events this year as she completes her matric, as well as Yvette du Plessis, winner of the Western Province strokeplay and runner-up to Strauss in the matchplay.
Looking outside the top 10, Humewood ace Tanica van As and and Vryburg's Nicole Becker could cause upsets. Van As recently completed a golf scholarship in the US while Becker won the Eastern Cape strokeplay championship in March.
A championship course that has hosted the SA Open 10 times and the SA Amateur Championships eight times, Royal Cape is the oldest course in South Africa and one of the finest challenges in Western Cape.
The layout is peppered with stunning holes, which will require careful negotiation and disciplined course management. - Sapa