Locals happy for wind to keep blowing
While there are some worries about the wind wrecking havoc in the final round of the SA Women's Open at Selborne Park, local hopes Ashleigh Simon and Lee-Anne Pace are happy for it to blow.
Simon, who carded a solid one-over 73 to be tied for the lead at level par after two rounds, said she plays some of her best golf in adverse conditions.
"It was tough out there, but I really did well with my short game. Every time I was in trouble, I got up and down, so I was really happy with that and hopefully I can do the same tomorrow."
Simon, who has won the Open twice as an amateur, is looking for her first SA Open pro win, and the incentives that come with it.
"To win it for a third time would be amazing, especially because of what it means to do it as a pro. I would get into the British Open and things like that, so I am really looking forward to tomorrow."
Simon, who battled an upset stomach on day one, said she was feeling strong and would draw on the big support base that comes with being a local.
"It's a great position to be in, and I am really happy. And it's great to have so much support around. I am really looking forward to tomorrow."
Hot on Simon's heels is the experienced Lee-Anne Pace, who was one of the few players to shoot below par in the second round.
"I was much more comfortable out there, and played like I know I can," Pace said after signing for a one under 71 to be at two-over for the tournament.
She was rock solid, with 17 pars and a solitary birdie on her card.
"I hit it really well, and I guess I enjoy it when the conditions get a little bit tougher. I've grown up playing on windy courses, so you could say that I would be quite happy if I wake up tomorrow and the trees are moving around....but not too much," she grinned.
With conditions set to test every facet of the women's games, there is every chance that the local supporters could be toasting a local winner on the return of the SA Women's Open to the calendar.