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Oboh shining in South-Africa as Becky Brewerton take charge of the Investec South African Women’s Open at halfway.

Oboh shining in South-Africa as Becky Brewerton take charge of the Investec South African Women’s Open at halfway.

 

 

Nigeria Georgia Oboh who is currently on a journey to inspire younger generations of Africa origin of the need to take up the game of golf, has once again made cut at the Investec South African Women’s Open which is a part of Ladies European Tour sanctioned events. Oboh had rounds of 4-over 75 and 1-under par 71on days one and two respectively. With two more rounds to go in Cape Town Oboh is currently with a halfway tally of 3-over par and  tied 22nd at Steenberg Golf Club.

 

Oboh had it all going though in the 1st round where she posted 5 bogeys as against a lone birdie to close shop at 4-over on day one. Fast forward to day two, the Edo state born golfer found her rhythm as she went all pars on the front nine for a level par 36. At the turn she quickly doubled her efforts picking up a birdie at the 12th, made more par’s on holes 13 and 14 before the only blemish of the round came at the 15th where she settled for a bogey.

 

That did not reduce her moral as the Nigerian made another birdie at the par-3 hole 17  followed up with a par at the 18th to finish the round at 1-under par 71.

 

“I’m impressed, but the final outcome cannot be assumed yet, as I still have more rounds to go from here and all I can say is that it can only get better” “I’d put in my best and see what results I get, whatever it is I’d accept that” Oboh said.

 

Meanwhile holding a commanding four-shot advantage at the midway mark of the Investec South African Women’s Open is Becky Brewerton after shooting a brilliant second round score of 6-under 66 to putting herself in charge in Cape Town. 

 

Becky Brewerton

 

The two-time Solheim Cup star rediscovered the sort of form that saw her win the Order of Merit back in 2009 on Thursday, as she rattled in six birdies without dropping a single shot in a remarkable performance at Steenberg Golf Club.

  

The incredible round marks a fantastic turnaround for the Welshwoman, who was on the verge of quitting the sport altogether after a tricky last few years, and only regained her LET card after a terrific comeback at Q-School last December. 

 

And the 39-year-old has certainly made the most of that reprieve, as she dealt best when the wind picked up around midday in South Africa to help herself to a resounding lead after 36 holes. 

 

“I’ve done nothing but practice my punch shots since I’ve been here, every shot I’ve hit on the range has been a cut or straight arm finish to try and keep the ball low,” Brewerton revealed. 

 

“Even this morning when we didn’t have the wind for the first 12 holes, I was still using that shot because now the ground is wet after yesterday’s rain, so you’ve got to get good ball connection and drive the ball forwards. I’m going to stick with that because it worked really well today. 

 

“It was nice because there was no stress at all, I hit a lot of greens and fairways which hasn’t always been the case over the years. It was a nice feeling and I’m enjoying playing well again.” 

 

Brewerton  who started her round from the 10th Tee  be gan her day with seven straight pars, before picking up three shots in as many holes between the 17th and the first to start to make her way up the leaderboard. 

 

And despite the conditions getting tougher as the breeze increased in the afternoon, it didn’t seem to affect the Welsh player, as she birdied the fourth and fifth to put a gap between herself and the rest of the field. 

 

Another perfect tee shot on the seventh set up another birdie on seven, as she posted her finest 18-hole score on the LET since December 2014 and put her in with a chance of a first victory in over a decade. 

 

“It’s a really weird feeling, because three or four years ago, or even last year, I wasn’t sure if I would be playing anymore,” Brewerton said.  

 

“Even after two days at Q-School in December it was all looking over I was thinking about what jobs I would be getting at home, but then it all came together. 

 

“It’s been a lot of hard work and I’ve got a lot of people to thank for keeping me going.” 

Brewerton’s nearest challenger after day two is Magdalena Simmermacher, although the overnight leader couldn’t capitalize on her position at the start of the day – firing a 1-over par 73 to take her overall score to 3-under after 36 holes. 

 

The Argentinian’s only birdie of the day came on the par-five fourth, but was quickly followed by a bogey on nine, before she dropped another shot on 15. 

 

“I think my game was better today, I gave myself a lot of chances today but I just didn’t make a lot of putts. I think it was a struggle on the greens to read the breaks, and with the wind it was more difficult than yesterday, but overall I think I played pretty good,” she said. 

 

“Today the wind punished me because it was getting my driver so I was having really long clubs in, then I had to get up and down from hard places so that’s where I struggled. 

 

“I only made one bogey on the back nine so it’s not that bad, but yesterday I was leaving it closer to the pins, that was the difference.” 

 

Felicity Johnson of England and France’s Anne-Charlotte Mora find themselves in a share of third spot on 2-under after Thursday’s action, with both having mixed days on course in the earlier part of the day.

 

Elsewhere, there were two hole-in-ones in the day’s play, with Charlotte Liautier holing out on the 135m par-3 hole 17 with an 8-iron, while Julie Berton found the cup from the 14th tee box with her 6-iron, which was from 156m

 

A total of 66 players made the cut to continue into the final two day’s action, with the cutline pegged at 6-over. 

 

Ilori wonderful

Ilori Wonderful is a scratch golfer and a senior golf writer with years of experience. He is the founder, 9jagolf.com.ng, and brain behind the (Golf2Streets) an NGO for grassroot golf development in Africa. What began as a grad school hobby is now a top golf blog in Nigeria, with thousands of readers coming to his site for easy and reliable golf news. His first blog was published in 2016 on naijagolf.simdif.com. He has also worked and published articles as guest golf writer with the likes of Thenation.ng, www.nannews.ng, sokonnect.com, TheAfricantour.com etc. He is known for his honest and genuine golf reporting.

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