Tough day for Hall at Sun City

Oct 29, 2020 | Featured, Sunshine Ladies Tour

It was a tough day at the office for Casandra Hall on Thursday as she battled her way to a six-over-par 78 in the second round of the Sunshine Ladies Tour’s Investec Royal Swazi Open at Gary Player Country Club.

Despite that, she still led the tournament at the halfway stage with a total of seven points in the modified stableford format which allocates five points for an eagle, two for a birdie, nine for a par, minus one for a bogey and minus three for a double.

“I didn’t hit the ball well,” she said afterwards, “especially with my irons. And conditions were just tougher – the greens were harder, the pins were tougher, the wind was swirling and the course can really be hard on you when you start missing fairways and greens.”

She scored minus six points in her second round, with just one birdie, five bogeys and a double.

“The double hurt me a lot,” she conceded. “It was downwind on the short par-four fourth (the 13th, for those who know the course in its Nedbank Golf Challenge set-up), and I hit my drive right. We found the ball, but it was behind a tree which I had to hit it under, and in long grass which I had to lift it out of.

“I took a six-iron and that left the ball in the grass. I just got it out the next time, and hit it onto the green, hoping to make my bogey. Unfortunately, I didn’t.”

In the tough conditions, Stacy Bregman had the best round in the six-plater field which is playing simultaneously with the men’s tournament. She carded a one-under 71 for five points, and finds herself in fourth on minus three.

Swaziland’s Nobuhle Dlamini is in second on minus one, eight points behind Hall.

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