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Former champions in pursuit of red-hot Lewthwaite

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16 Feb 2020, 05:43 GMT+10

George - No fewer than four former champions of the Dimension Data Ladies Pro-Am hope to chase down a red-hot Lejan Lewthwaite, who opened up an eight-shot lead after the second round at George Golf Club on Saturday.

Just one week after she had to fight Tandi McCallum in extra time to win the SuperSport Ladies Challenge presented by Sun International, Lewthwaite is on cruise-control in the R600 000 Sunshine Ladies Tour event.

The 28-year-old Serengeti golfer began day two with a four-shot advantage and moved clear of her competitors with a four-under 68.

Unlike the flawless production in the first round, Lewthwaite dropped three shots in her second trip around the traditional Parklands layout, but she countered every bogey with a pair of birdies and knocked in one more for comfort on the par five 16th.

"It was extremely hot out there today and I really struggled with the heat, especially when we had to wait on some holes. I duffed my tee shot on the ninth after a long delay and had a bogey, but managed to make a few putts coming home," said Lewthwaite, who leads on 10-under 132.

Defending champion Nobuhle Dlamini finished a distant second, but she improved dramatically on her opening 74 with a six-under 68 to finish alone in second on two-under.

With the action moving to the Outeniqua Course at Fancourt - where the eSwatini golfer holed a 25-footer for birdie on the final hole to win last year - Lewthwaite is taking nothing for granted.

"If there is one thing you can't control it's what someone else is going to do," said Lewthwaite.

"Last year Nobby fired seven birdies to come from behind and win. She birdied the last two holes to beat me by two shots. So no, I'm not taking anything for granted. If Nobby gets her eye in early and the putter starts running hot, she will definitely come for me."

And Dlamini is not the Investec-backed Lewthwaite's only concern.

Granted, Monique Smit (2014), Stacy Bregman (2015) and Lee-Anne Pace (2016) are 10 shots off the pace in a tie for third with American Jordy LaBarbera, but the trio share 21 Sunshine Ladies Tour titles - with Pace taking her tally to 13 two weeks ago in the Cape Town Ladies Open.

"I don't for a minute believe I've got this in the bag. A bogey here, a double bogey there and an eight-shot lead can evaporate quickly," she said.

"I'm just going to stick to my process. It's something my mental coach Mark Fairbanks and I work on all the time. Play shot for shot, focus on making the best score on every hole, try to limit the bogeys and hopefully it goes well enough that I'm standing with the trophy at the end of the day."

Among the quartet tied for third on level par, Smit produced the best second round when she signed for one-under 71. Pace carded successive rounds of 72, LaBarbera from Texas returned a 73 and Bregman followed her opening two-under 70 with a 74.

Bertine Faber - the last player to score three successive victories on the Sunshine Ladies Tour in 2016 - carded 70 to tie Vodacom Origins of Golf winner Casandra Hall (72) on one-over 145.

Lewthwaite will also have the added pressure of trying to win the R100 000 Pro-Am, sponsored by Cisco Systems.

Lewthwaite and Marj Davidson posted 68 to set the clubhouse target on 10-under.

A 67 from LaBrera and Madelein de Wet made it two at the top until local favourite Smit and Jenny Church combined for a blistering 65 to force a three-way tie at the top. Dlamini and Franci Coetzee were also on fire, carded 65 to move within two shots of the leaders.

Second round scores:

134 - Lejan Lewthwaite 66 68

142 - Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ) 74 68

144 - Jordy LaBarbera (USA) 71 73, Monique Smit 73 71, Lee-Anne Pace 72 72, Stacy Bregman 70 74

145 - Bertine Faber 75 70, Casandra Hall 73 72

146 - Bonita Bredenhann (NAM) 77 69, Kelsey Nicholas 72 74, Lindi Coetzee 71 75

147 - Maria Beautell (ESP) 71 76, Emie Peronnin (FRA) 73 74

148 - Sophie Lamb (ENG) 75 73, Michaela Fletcher 76 72

149 - Tara Griebenow 73 76, Woo-Ju Son (KOR) 77 72, Anais Meyssonnier (FRA) 73 76

150 - Bianca Lohbauer (a) 74 76, Caroline Rominger (SUI) 75 75, Cara Gorlei 79 71

151 - Jessica Dreesbeimdieke (NAM) 79 72, Jane Turner (SCO) 75 76

152 - Christina Gloor (SUI) 79 73, Flora Peuch (FRA) 79 73, Sharmila Nicollet (IND) 75 77, Kyle Roig (PUR) 78 74, Shawnelle de Lange 78 74, Lauren Taylor (ENG) 74 78

154 - Leticia Ras-Anderica (GER) 77 77, Rosie Davies (ENG) 79 75, Tandi McCallum 77 77, Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA) 76 78

Missed the cut:

155 - Lara Weinstein 77 78, Francesca Cuturi 80 75, Clara Pietri (SUI) 78 77, Nicole Garcia 78 77, Lora Assad 77 78

156 - Zethu Myeki 75 81, Kim Williams 77 79

157 - Hannah Arnold (USA) 78 79, Tijana Kraljevic 81 76, Chiara Contomathios 85 72

158 - Pasqualle Coffa (NED) 80 78, Rachel Drummond (ENG) 78 80, Julie Berton (FRA) 80 78, Brittney-Fay Berger 76 82, Lynette Fourie 80 78

159 - Ivanna Samu 77 82

160 - Marion Duvernay (FRA) 83 77

163 - Michelle Leigh 83 80

164 - Bianca Wernich (a) 82 82, Yolanda Duma 86 78

165 - Cassidy Williams 82 83, Siviwe Duma 82 83, Lauren Blease (ENG) 85 80

169 - Michelle de Vries 85 84, Carey Dodds (a) 86 83

171 - Luzelle Booyens 87 84

Second round Pro-Am leaderboard:

134 - Lewthwaite / Marj Davidson 66 68, LaBarbera / Madelein de Wet 67 67, Smit / Jenny Church 69 65

136 - Dlamini / Franci Coetzee 69 65

137 - Nicollet / Nicci Taylor 71 66, Pace / Sharon Leith 68 69, Taylor / Mimi Franklin 67 70

138 - Bredenhann / Linda Smith 72 66, Fletcher / Jo Morley-Joseph 69 69, Faber / Sandy Hird 69 69

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