Euro stars eye SA Women’s success at Westlake


Cape City – Maha Haddioui secured a career-best third place end within the 2018 South African Ladies’s Open final season and the Moroccan star is worked up to be again at Westlake Golf Membership.

“I’m actually completely happy to return again to South Africa, particularly coming again to Cape City and the identical course as final yr,” Haddioui stated. “I really like visiting South Africa and I do know lots of people right here. There may be all the time a fantastic environment right here in Cape City and I’m excited to start out this yr’s occasion.”

Haddioui, who represented Morocco within the Rio 2016 Olympic golf competitors, has fond reminiscences from final yr’s efficiency and is hoping that her course data will present the platform for an additional nice week.

“I just like the course and I really feel that I do know it properly,” she stated.

“It’s form of humorous, as it is advisable to fade the ball lots round this course and one of many strengths of my sport is how I form it with a draw. As a result of the course doesn’t swimsuit my sport, it forces me to focus extra on targets and the place I have to place the ball.

“Golf is difficult typically, isn’t it? By having to make use of extra creativeness with photographs and fascinated about the form of the opening, it actually labored for me final yr. I’m taking confidence into the week primarily based on my efficiency and the various nice reminiscences from the match final season.”

Haddioui positioned third on four-under par and is hoping to go two spots higher and head residence with the trophy.

“It could be merely superb to win the 2019 Investec South African Ladies’s Open, however I’ve simply come off three powerful weeks in Australia, so I’m first specializing in having a strong begin. To get the win can be superior, although.”

A complete of 26 nations is represented on this planet class subject filled with 126 gamers who will contest the 54-hole occasion for the lion’s share of the R2-million purse, exemption for the remainder of the season on the Girls European Tour and begins in two Majors – the AEG British Ladies’s Open and the Evian Championship.

Three of pre-tournament favourites – Karolin Lampert, Julia Engstrom and Carly Sales space – visited the picturesque Boulders Seashore on Tuesday for some motivation and have been impressed by the expertise of getting up shut and private with the African Penguins.

Germany’s Lampert, the runner-up final yr, is wanting ahead to a different nice week in South Africa.

“My sport has been enhancing the previous few weeks in Australia and I’m completely happy the place it’s now,” she stated. “The primary three days of the Ladies’s New South Wales Open was actually good, so I purpose to construct on that. I just like the setup of this course and have optimistic reminiscences from final yr, so I’m concentrating on a powerful week.

“The penguins have been like nothing I’ve ever seen. At first we might solely see a couple of and I believed that was it. However once we received to the underside space of the seashore it was loopy. There have been thousands and thousands of them, and it was unbelievable. It’s important to see it to consider it.”

Engstrom from Sweden is worked up to make her debut after an outstanding rookie season final yr.

“I’m loving South Africa to date. The penguins have been unbelievable. It was a fantastic expertise and I used to be so completely happy that I received to see so lots of them,” stated the 2018 Girls European Tour Rookie of the Yr.

“I performed 18 holes on Monday and Tuesday and it’s a pleasant course. It’s fairly a bit completely different from what we’ve got been taking part in in Australia, so I’m wanting ahead to the brand new problem this week.”

Sales space hopes a current sizzling run of type will land her a 3rd Girls European Tour title.

The Scottish golfer arrived in South Africa on the again of a fourth place end within the Canberra Traditional and 12th within the Ladies’s NSW Open.

“I’m so completely happy that we went to see the penguins; it was superb. They’re too cute, and also you form of want they have been just a bit cuddlier! I’ve been to South Africa many instances and Boulders Seashore was simply one other spotlight in such a tremendous nation,” she stated.

“My type for the time being is de facto good. I’ve nice rhythm and an excellent feeling and my placing has improved lots during the last month. I’ve been engaged on a few modifications to my swing to assist my timing. I might like to get a win after which go residence and benefit from the subsequent couple of weeks.”

The 2019 Investec South African Ladies’s Open will get underway on Thursday at 07h20 at Westlake Golf Membership. Entry is free to all three rounds and there may be ample public parking.


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