England’s Kerry Smith (right) eagled the last hole to win her match and clinch victory for Great Britain over Australia on the second day of the Commonwealth Tournament in South Africa.
Her three on the par five 18th at Royal Johannesburg edged the GB team to a 4-3 win and gave them an overall lead at the top of the leaderboard.
Kerry, from Waterlooville in Hampshire, was elated: “It was all level till the final hole, where I hit a good 220 yard drive with my five wood giving me a great opportunity to get on in two. It rolled up nicely onto the green leaving me a 25ft putt to hole for the eagle.”
The Great Britain team includes three English players: Kerry Smith, Melissa Reid (Chevin) and Naomi Edwards (Ganton); with Breanne Loucks of Wales and Krystle Caithness of Scotland.
In the day’s other match Canada beat New Zealand 4-3. Great Britain top the table with two points from two matches; Australia and Canada have a point apiece; New Zealand and South Africa have yet to score.
Today, Great Britain play New Zealand while Canada take on South Africa.
Great Britain 4 Australia 3
(GB names first) Foursomes: Naomi Edwards & Kerry Smith bt Frances Bondad & Helen Ho 1 up. Breanne Loucks & Melissa Reid lost to Emma Bennett & Stephanie Na 3/2.
Singles: Loucks beat Ho 3/2. Krystle Caithness lost to Na 3/2. Edwards lost to Bondad 5/4. Smith beat Sunny Park 1up. Reid beat Bennett 4/2
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A Gutsy performance from both sides