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13th March 2024 | Sunshine Ladies Tour

Henry sails into lead at windy Standard Bank Ladies Open hosted by the City of Cape Town

CAPE TOWN – Kylie Henry flourished on a day when the capricious Cape winds toyed with most of the field as she opened with a five-under-par 69 to lead the first round of the Standard Bank Ladies Open at Royal Cape Golf Club on Wednesday.

Henry was one of only nine golfers to shoot under the par mark of 74. Coming from Scotland, Henry ought to be comfortable in the wind and it showed in a top-class round that featured an eagle on her second hole, the par-five 11th, followed by four birdies and just a single bogey.

The winner of the opening event on this year’s Sunshine Ladies Tour, the Dimension Data Ladies Pro-Am at Fancourt, went out from the 10th and reached the clubhouse in four-under before coming home in one-under as the wind became stronger on her back nine.

“It was pretty windy today, but it does that here and I’ve had quite a lot of experience in the wind. Most of the time I manage to judge it well. I do enjoy these good, strong courses. Royal Cape is a great layout and in really good condition. Some holes were really quite tough today, with crosswinds or the wind into you, but I played really good golf. I gave myself lots of birdie chances because my iron play was really solid, and then my putting was the best part of my game. It’s quite a tight course, so I drove the ball well too.

“Both nines are similar, but the wind just got stronger when I was on the front nine, so the back nine was slightly easier for me and I hit a lot of good shots,” Henry said.

South Africans Shawnelle de Lange (71) and Lora Assad (72) are Henry’s closest challengers, while compatriot Kiera Floyd is one of the six golfers who posted a one-under-par 73.

This season’s Sunshine Ladies Tour has really seen Floyd unveil her talent.

The 19-year-old finished tied-fourth in last week’s Fidelity ADT Ladies Challenge at Blue Valley. She was in contention after the first round of the SuperSport Ladies Challenge at Sun City, and she was tied second going into the final round of the Dimension Data Ladies Pro-Am at Fancourt.

De Lange dropped only one shot, on the par-four 10th, but finished superbly with three birdies in the last four holes.

Assad began her round on the 10th and immediately dropped a shot, but she fought back brilliantly with birdies on the 13th, 14th, 16th and 18th holes. The 31-year-old suffered a couple of bogeys on the front nine, but finished well with a birdie to post two-under.

Floyd began a rollercoaster round on the 10th with a bogey, but reached the turn in two-under, before making one birdie and two bogeys coming home.

Frenchwomen Emie Peronnin and Ariane Klotz, Norway’s Maiken Bing Paulsen, Florentyna Parker of England and India’s Tvesa Malik, winner of the SuperSport Ladies Challenge, are the other golfers on one-under-par.


69 – Kylie Henry (SCO)
71 – Shawnelle de Lange
72 – Lora Assad
73 – Emie Peronnin (FRA), Maiken Bing Paulsen (NOR), Florentyna Parker (ENG), Kiera Floyd, Tvesa Malik (IND), Ariane Klotz (FRA)
74 – Chante van Zyl, Kristin Sim (NOR), Harang Lee (ESP), Casandra Alexander, Gabrielle Venter
75 – Odette Booysen (a), Lynette Fourie, Georgia Coughlin (ENG), Lindi Coetzee, Nina Pegova (WHT), Maho Hayakawa (JPN), Nicole Garcia, Tina Mazarino (NOR), Anna Magnusson (SWE)
76 – Brittney-Fay Berger, Alexandra Swayne (ISV), Vanessa Knecht (SUI), Pasqualle Coffa (NED), Louise Duncan (SCO), Danielle du Toit, Romy Meekers (NED), Carolin Kauffmann (GER), Helen Kreuzer (GER)
77 – Verena Gimmy (GER), Linn Wiberg (SWE), Carey Dodds, Zethu Myeki, Jae Bowers (ENG), Bonita Bredenhann (NAM), Stacy Bregman, Amy Taylor (ENG)
78 – Isabella van Rooyen, Lejan Lewthwaite, Nadia van der Westhuizen, Tandi McCallum
79 – Leontine Petit (FRA), Cara Gorlei, Clara Reigosa (ESP), Jane Turner (SCO), Tara Griebenow, Ana Dawson (IMN)
80 – Lize-Mari Prinsloo, Kesha Louw (a), Alice Gotbring (SWE), Marta Perez Sanmartin (ESP), Katharina Keilich (GER), Lauren Taylor (ENG), Ellen Hutchinson-Kay (SWE)
81 – Paris Hilinski (USA), Kelsey Nicholas, Ivanna Samu
82 – Bronwyn Doeg
84 – Larissa Du Preez
87 – Cara Ford (a)
96 – Luzelle Booyens