Megan Streicher (Swellendam and Boland) made golf history today when she won the SA Amateur Women’s Strokeplay Tournament at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club.
In the final round Megan came from behind and played brilliant golf to win by 1 shot over Caitlyn McNab (Serengeti).
Young Streicher (SA top junior ranked golfer) made 6 birdies on her way to score a 67 in the last round. Her winning score (over 54 holes) was 211 – 5 under par.
She started strong with 3 birdies over the first four holes. The three consecutive birdies she made on holes 9,10 and 11 gave her huge momentum and was perhaps the defining holes of the tournament for this very talented Boland golfer.
Lizanne Heydenrych, President of Boland Ladies Golf, said the performance of Megan made her and the Union so proud. “In fact, we are super, super happy for her.”
“She showed yet again a lot of fighting spirit to come back with such a strong final round.”
Anna Becker-Frankel, PGA coach at Devonvale, said Megan has all the attributes to become a top-golfer. Becker-Frankel coached Streicher for many years before Megan started to work with PGA coach Murray Smit.
“I still see her every month when I supervise the Boland squad practice and has first-hand experience of the huge improvements she has made regarding her game – especially around the greens.”
“She is now the total package. She hits a long ball and is very accurate with her approach shots. Combine that with a very sharp short game and you have a winning formula.”
“But probably the strongest aspect of Megan’s game is her mature attitude. She is very level-headed and does not get flustered under pressure.”
Anna said Megan made a very important career move when she moved to Erinvale. “She does home-school and lives on the estate. That means she can practice and play every day.”
Her coach Murray Smit said they have worked very hard on shots from 110m and closer to the green. “She is a terrific hard worker and put in hours and hours of work to improve her short game.
“With her short game she makes birdies with a wedge in her hand and saves par if she misses a green.”
“She is a role model for other junior regarding work ethic.”
“On the course she is calm, collected and determined – that is why she can handle and enjoy the pressure of top-tournament golf.”
Megan plans to play college golf in the USA after matric.
Megan hails from Swellendam and often caddied as a young girl for her parents, Dad Barry and Mum Erica. When she was eleven, she got her own set of clubs and started playing.
At age 12 she won a SA Kids tournament and never looked back……
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