Euro duo share lead in Investec SA Women’s Open

25 Apr 2024

WPGA News-361 - Elena Moosmann - Sunshine Ladies Tour 2024

SOMERSET WEST, Western Cape, 25 April 2024 – A week ago Elena Moosmann watched her good friend Chiara Tamburlini win her maiden title on the Sunshine Ladies Tour and Ladies European Tour, and it inspired her to claim a share of the lead in Thursday’s first round of the Investec South African Women’s Open at the Erinvale Country and Golf Estate.

On a windy day in the winelands, Moosmann signed for a six-under-par 66 to share the lead with England’s Rosie Davies as they both finished one stroke clear of Norway’s Julie Boysen Hillestad.

Lee-Anne Pace is the leading South African on four under as she continues her quest for a record sixth Investec South African Women’s Open title. Ladies European Tour number one Bronte Law also finished the first round on four under par.

Moosmann was one of the few to post a bogey-free round on Thursday and played with the confidence she says she gained from seeing her friend Tamburlini win last week’s Joburg Ladies Open.

“It definitely inspired me to see Chiara up there and winning. I play a lot of golf with her and our games are more or less at the same level, so to see her win makes your realise it’s possible for us,” said Moosmann.

“I felt good all day and used my chances. My drives were really good and I hit a lot of fairways, and my putter was hot for the birdie chances I gave myself. I love it here. The views are amazing, and the course is in great condition.”

Her co-leader Davies started the day with a bogey and then reeled off three consecutive birdies as she took advantage of the calmer morning conditions.

“Some say the best rounds start with a bogey,” she said.

“We definitely had the better weather conditions and it was nice and calm in the morning. I was thinking about posting a good score while everybody else has to battle the afternoon wind. I’ve been playing much better than I’ve been scoring. I missed the cut in Joburg which was disappointing, but I had a call with my coach and we said I just need to stay patient this week and see what happens.”

Davies took her own inspiration from an Erinvale course she says ranks amongst the best on the Ladies European Tour.

“The golf course is stunning. It’s probably amongst the best conditioned we play on Tour. South Africa as a whole is incredible. We love coming here.”

SCORES:

66 – Rosie Davies (ENG), Elena Moosmann (SUI)
67 – Julie Boysen Hillestad (NOR)
68 – Annabell Fuller (ENG), Lee-Anne Pace, Hannah Burke (ENG), Liz Young (ENG), Bronte Law (ENG), Nastasia Nadaud (FRA), Lisa Pettersson (SWE)
69 – Alexandra Swayne (ISV), Gabriella Cowley (ENG), Shannon Tan (SIN), Manon De Roey (BEL), Eleanor Givens (ENG), Agathe Sauzon (FRA), Christine Wolf (AUT), Momoka Kobori (NZL), Jana Melichova (CZE)
70 – Kim Metraux (SUI), Romy Meekers (NED), Chiara Tamburlini (SUI), Aunchisa Utama (THA), Ines Laklalech (MAR), Madelene Stavnar (NOR), Sarah Schober (AUT), Sara Kjellker (SWE), Celine Herbin (FRA), Mireia Prat (ESP), Elin Arvidsson (SWE), Virginia Elena Carta (ITA)
71 – Katja Pogacar (SVN), Patricia Isabel Schmidt (GER), Kylie Henry (SCO), Kristyna Napoleaova (CZE), Lydia Hall (WAL), Carolin Kauffmann (GER), Laura Beveridge (SCO), Caroline Hedwall (SWE), Maha Haddioui (MAR), Hannah Screen (ENG), Sanna Nuutinen (FIN)
72 – Emily Penttila (FIN), Verena Gimmy (GER), Stacy Bregman, Luna Sobron Galmes (ESP), April Angurasaranee (THA), Dorthea Forbrigd (NOR), Bonita Bredenhann (NAM), Maiken Bing Paulsen (NOR)
73 – Tiffany Arafi (SUI), Emma Spitz (AUT), Lora Assad, Genevieve Ling (MAS), Diksha Dagar (IND), Lily May Humphreys (ENG), Casandra Alexander, Lauren Taylor (ENG), Ivanna Samu, Amy Taylor (ENG), Sofie Kibsgaard (DEN), Elena Hualde (ESP)
74 – Gemma Clews (ENG), Sofie Bringner (SWE), Danielle du Toit, Marta Sanz Barrio (ESP), Ridhima Dilawari (IND), Sara Kouskova (CZE), Alice Hewson (ENG), Emma Grechi (FRA), Maria Hernandez (ESP)
75 – Leonie Harm (GER), Moa Folke (SWE), Marianne Skarpnord (NOR), Vani Kapoor (IND), Tara Griebenow, Cara Gorlei, Sophie Witt (GER), Fernanda Lira (MEX), Carmen Alonso (ESP), Camille Chevalier (FRA), Corinne Viden (SWE), Tandi McCallum, Lejan Lewthwaite
76 – Emie Peronnin (FRA), Georgina Blackman (ENG), Laura Fuenfstueck (GER), Kelsey Macdonald (SCO), Nicole Garcia, Nadia van der Westhuizen, Anne-Charlotte Mora (FRA), Pasqualle Coffa (NED), Linnea Johansson (SWE), Tvesa Malik (IND), Isabella van Rooyen, Tiia Koivisto (FIN), Thalia Martin (ENG)
77 – Helen Kreuzer (GER), Tereza Melecka (CZE), Kelsey Nicholas, Laura Sluman (PAN), Florentyna Parker (ENG), Lisa Coetzer (a)
78 – Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA), Paz Marfa Sans (ESP), Magdalena Simmermacher (ARG), Michelle Forsland (NOR), Ana Dawson (IMN), Teresa Diez Moliner (ESP), Lauren Walsh (IRL), Gabrielle Venter
79 – Marta Martin (ESP), Kyra van Kan (a), Zethu Myeki, Kiera Floyd, Olivia Mehaffey (NIR)
80 – Katherine Muzi (USA)
81 – Dorota Zalewska (POL), Elina Nummenpaa (FIN)
95 – Ellandri van Heerden (a)

Entrance is free for spectators, with free parking at Lourensford Wine Estate.
The tournament is also being televised live on SuperSport 213 from Thursday to Sunday.

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