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Ashleigh Buhai dominated South Africa Open

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South African Ashleigh Buhai dominated the Investec South African Women’s Open, which she finished with 266 (64 65 69 68, -22) strokes on the Steenberg Golf Club (par 72) course in Cape Town, South Africa, where she offered a tonic test Alessandra Fanali, seventh with 279 (70 70 67 72, -9).

Ashleigh Buhai, results

In the tournament organized in collaboration between the Ladies European Tour and the Sunshine Ladies Tour, the Spanish Ana Pelaez Trivino climbed the other two steps of the podium, at a safe distance from the winner and never really in the running for success, second with 270 (-18) , and the German Chiara Noja, third with 271 (-17), who had been on top in the first round. In fourth place with 273 (-15) the Argentine Magdalena Simmermacher, in fifth with 277 (-11) the South African Kaleigh Telfer and in sixth with 278 (-10) the Czech Klara Davidson Spilkova. Fanali was joined by the French Anais Meyssonnier, the English Gabriella Cowley, the Swedish Johanna Gustavsson and the South African Casandra Alexander, who recently scored twice in a row on the women’s home circuit. Only 24th with 285 (-5) the South African Lee-Anne Pace, defending champion.

Ashleigh Buhai, 33, from Johannesburg, began her career under the maiden name of Simon, then adopting that of her husband after marrying in 2016. She signed the second title in this race, after the one in 2018, taking the wins to four Ladies European Tour, a title that also counts them for the Sunshine Ladies Tour, where she boasts ten successes net of those in events combined with the LET. Palmar├Ęs embellished last year by a Major (AIG Women’s Open). The South African took the lead in the second round with a four stroke lead, which she then kept intact for the last two rounds. In the final round, she started with great determination, putting in five birdies on the first nine holes, then she limited herself to controlling the situation and with another birdie against two bogeys, she sealed the winning 68 (-4). For her a check for 48,000 euros on a prize pool of 320,000 euros.

Alessandra Fanali, 23 years old from Alatri, who landed on the circuit after taking the ‘card’ at the Qualifying School in December, finished seventh for the second time this season (same placement in the Lalla Meryem Cup) also cashing in the other two races at in which she took part (38th Magical Kenya Ladies Open and 27th Joburg Ladies Open). She started the tournament in 23rd place, progressing through 18th and fifth, and maintaining herself in the top ten with a 72 (par, one eagle, two birdies, four bogeys).

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