Milnerton Golf Club, 27 March 2023: We wrap the South African performances after round one of the South African Blind Open which took place at Milnerton Golf Club on Monday.
Pienaar powers to Ladies Lead
Charlene Pienaar stamped her authority on the Ladies gross event with a round of 104 which earned her a three-shot lead over Karin Becker of Austria. Though Pienaar began with a double-bogey 6, the Benoni Lake Golf Club member steadied herself with pars at the 4th and 6th to complement bogies at the 2nd, 3rd and 5th. Despite a triple-bogey at the par-5 8th, Pienaar managed to make the turn in a respectable 10-over par 46.
The inward nine was more of a challenge for, however. After a bogey-par beginning, she made a nine at the par-4 13th before consecutive 7s at the 14th and 15th compounded her difficulties.
Pienaar sandwiched a nine at the par-5 17th either side of a bogey-5 at 16 and a 6 at the par-4 closing hole to sign for a round of 32-over par 104.
With just three shots separating her and nearest challenger Becker, there is all to play for in the Ladies division heading into the final round.
Slattery the leading Saffa in B2 Gross division
Garrett Slattery was the leading South African among te B2 competitors after an opening round of 26-over par 98. Slattery’s round was highlighted by pars at the 2nd and 8th holes respectively.
His opening nine was blighted by triple-bogeys at the 3rd and 7th but he should be commended for a much-improved performance on the inward-half. His second-nine featured six bogeys, four of which came over his closing five holes which is sure to give him confidence of playing a solid final round.
Slattery trails American Tyler Cashman by 10 strokes after Cashman signed for a round of 88.
Conradie leads Saffa trio in B3 Top-10
Ernst Conradie leads the South African challenge in the B3 category after an opening round of 97 saw him end round one in sixth-place with Leon Strydom and Morne Els sharing 7th after carding rounds of 30-over 102 respectively.
Pars at Conradie’s opening and penultimate holes were the highlights of a day that also featured 10 bogeys. Unfortunately for Conradie four untimely triple-bogeys at the 3rd, 6th, 13th and 15th undid much of his good work but he’ll no doubt take heart from the fight he showed down the stretch – rebounding from his 15th-hole effort to drop just two further shots over the final three holes.
With Els and Strydom lurking just five strokes adrift, South African bragging rights in the division remain up for grabs.
The round of the day in the B3 division belonged to Canada’s Kiefer Jones who signed for an 11-over par 83.
Photo: Caption: Charlene Pienaar tees off. Credit: South African Disabled Golf Association
Live-scoring links: B2 Men Gross – https://livescoring.handicaps.co.za/albport/golfclubtv.jsp?pg=456275461&ps=456275033
B3 Men Gross – https://livescoring.handicaps.co.za/albport/golfclubtv.jsp?pg=456275521&ps=456275465
Ladies Gross – https://livescoring.handicaps.co.za/albport/golfclubtv.jsp?pg=456277231&ps=456277172
B1 Men Gross – https://livescoring.handicaps.co.za/albport/golfclubtv.jsp?pg=456275029&ps=456274261
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