Charley Hull Leads Tough First Round Of Cell C SA Women’s Open

The suspended first round of the Cell C South African Women’s Open was completed on Friday morning, with England’s Charley Hull claiming the lead with a four-under-par 68 at San Lameer Country Club.  Hull finished the round one stroke clear of England’s Rebecca Hudson and Germany’s Steffi Kirchmayr.  The round had to be suspended on Thursday because of heavy rain and a waterlogged course.

Friday’s conditions have been equally challenging with gusting winds and more rain.  Hull took the brunt of this as she resumed her round on the 11th hole.  “It was very windy out there.  It was hard to stand up on some of the tee shots.  And then the rain came down as well.  I think we definitely had the hardest of the conditions, so I think four under was a good score out there.  I’ll just keep steady this afternoon,” she said.

The second round is already underway.  Melissa Eaton leads the South African challenge with a first round of two-under-par 70. Lee-Anne Pace signed for a first round of one-under 71.  “I chipped really well and made all the crucial putts.  I hit some good shots out there and am just keeping it low in the wind all the time.  I’m hitting my driver very straight and I’m relying on that a lot.  I just want to stay in there this afternoon and give myself a chance on the weekend.  You’ve just got to make the best of a bad situation and stay as close as possible to the lead,” said Pace.

Meanwhile, play was suspended at 11:10 in the second round on Friday because of rain and a waterlogged golf course

First round scores from the Cell C SA Women’s Open played at the par-72 San Lameer Country Club in KwaZulu-Natal. All players South African unless otherwise stated:

68 Charley Hull ENG
69 Steffi Kirchmayr GER; Rebecca Hudson ENG

70 Valentine Derrey FRA; Patricia Sanz Barrio ESP; Ann-Kathrin Lindner GER; Fabienne In-albon SUI; Melissa Eaton
71 Lee-Anne Pace; Sophia Popov GER; Holly Clyburn ENG
72 Sahra Hassan WAL; Florentyna Parker ENG; Sophie Giquel-Bettan FRA; Lucie Andre FRA; Nina Holleder GER
73 Georgina Simpson ENG; Sally Watson SCO; Caroline Martens NOR; Lucy Williams ENG; Connie Chen; Leigh Whittaker GER; Maha Haddioui MAR; Celine Herbin FRA; Nobuhle Dlamini SWZ; Gwladys Nocera FRA
74 Lydia Hall WAL; Christine Wolf AUT; Rebecca Codd IRL; Julia Davidsson SWE; Trish Johnson ENG; Isabelle Boineau FRA; Beth Allen USA; Minea Blomqvist FIN; Ainil Bakar MYS
75 Eleanor Givens ENG; Mathilda Cappeliez (AMA) FRA; Kim Williams; Chloe Leurquin BEL; Cathryn Bristow NZL; Stacy Bregman; Nicole Garcia; Nicole Broch Larsen DEN; Elina Nummenpaa FIN; Malene Jorgensen DEN
76 Shawnelle de Lange (AMA); Whitney Hillier AUS; Melissa Reid ENG; Cheyenne Woods USA; Laurette Maritz
77 Hannah Jun Medlock USA; Katie Burnett USA; Kelsey Macdonald SCO; Anais Maggetti SUI; Becky Brewerton WAL; Monique Smit; Isabell Gabsa GER; Marianne Skarpnord NOR; Alexandra Vilatte FRA; Josephine Janson SWE; Amy Boulden WAL; Rebecca Sorensen SWE; Nina Muehl AUT
78 Kaleigh Telfer (AMA); Katy McNicoll SCO; Carly Booth SCO; Kylie Walker SCO; Hannah Burke ENG; Tiffany Avern-Taplin (AMA); Marion Ricordeau FRA; Cherry Moulder
79 Natasha Carlsson (AMA); Ashleigh Simon; Fiona Puyo FRA; Carrie Park (AMA) KOR; Lauren Taylor ENG; Virginia Espejo ESP; Eleonora Galletti (AMA); Mireia Prat ESP; Sophie Walker ENG
80 Monja Richards (AMA); Alison Whitaker AUS; Bree Arthur AUS; Tandi Von Ruben; Ariane Provot FRA; Cecilie Lundgreen NOR; Pamela Pretswell SCO
81 Alana Van Greuning; Victoria Lovelady BRA; Michelle Leigh; Paula Reto; Holly Aitchison ENG; Karolin Lampert GER; Heather Macrae SCO; Louise Larsson SWE
82 Ivanna Samu (AMA); Bonita Bredenhann NAM; Danielle Du Toit (AMA)
83 Lizzie Currie (AMA); Anne-Lise Caudal FRA; Julie Tvede DEN; Michele Thomson SCO; Krista Bakker FIN; Charlotte Thompson ENG
84 Michelle Swanepoel (AMA); Betty Mokoena
85 Francesca Cuturi; Viva Schlasberg SWE; Anna Becker-Frankel; Magda Kruger (AMA); Henni Zuel ENG; Crystal Cooper (AMA); Michelle De Vries
87 Alra Van Den Berg; Tijana Kraljevic
88 Nicola Eaton Gutzeit; Iliska Verwey; Henriette Frylinck
90 Carmia Van Wyk (AMA)
98 Nicole Becker

Photo: England’s Charley Hull leads after the first round of the Cell C South African Women’s Open.
Photo Credit: Justin Klusener.