SA's Paula Reto tied for the lead at SuperSport Ladies Challenge

United States-based South African Paula Reto finished the second day of the SuperSport Ladies Challenge tied in the lead with India’s Tvesa Malik

United States-based South African Paula Reto finished the second day of the SuperSport Ladies Challenge tied in the lead with India’s Tvesa Malik. Photo: Heinrich Helmbold/Sunshine Tour

Published Feb 22, 2024


United States-based South African Paula Reto may have looked a bit like a fish out of water when she bogeyed the second and third holes on the second day of the SuperSport Ladies Challenge presented by Sun International on Thursday, but the rest of her round at the Lost City Golf Club then went swimmingly as she claimed a share of the lead.

Reto went on a run of five birdies in six holes from the fifth hole, and then added back-to-back birdies on the 13th and 14th holes, before returning from a lightning delay with another gain on the 17th. Her superb six-under-par 66 lifted her to eight-under overall and she will go into the final round tied for the lead with India’s Tvesa Malik, who fired a stunning 65.

The 33-year-old Reto won this tournament in 2022, but it was then played at the Gary Player Country Club. But after a tough 2023 campaign on the LPGA Tour, Reto is in a good frame of mind back in her home country, and it showed in her ability to bounce back from two early setbacks on Thursday.

“I don’t know what happened really, I hit a bad tee-shot on the second and suddenly I’d gone bogey-bogey. I just said to myself that I must give myself opportunities and fortunately I then managed to get the ball close to the hole a few times, and chipped in on the eighth, which is always nice for your momentum,” Reto said.

“Lost City is completely different to the GPCC, you have to strategise more off the tees, it’s a course that requires more thinking. To be able to bounce back after those two bogeys felt really good and I was very happy that I kept to the plan. I was able to stay on plan and not let the bogeys get to me.

“Last year was tough because I struggled with my swing a bit and I couldn’t string four good rounds together. It starts to take a toll on your confidence and you start to try and change so much all at once.

“So at the start of this year I just tried to hone in on a few things, make sure I do those basics well. I’m happy with where my game is heading and I just love coming back here to South Africa, being with my family and feeling a bit like I’m on vacation,” Reto said.

Getting married on December 29 to fellow Indian professional golfer Ajeetesh Sandhu certainly seems to have bear fruit for Malik as she produced an outstanding, bogey-free round with four birdies on the back nine and then three on the front.

First-round leader Lauren Taylor shot a 70 on Thursday to move to six-under-par, two off the lead, while exciting South African youngster Gabrielle Venter shot 68 on Thursday to move to five-under.


136 - Tvesa Malik 71 65, Paula Reto 70 66

138 - Lauren Taylor 68 70

139 - Gabrielle Venter 71 68

140 - Pasqualle Coffa 69 71, Anna Magnusson 72 68

141 - Alexandra Swayne 73 68, Ariane Klotz 76 65, Helen Kreuzer 71 70, Ana Dawson 69 72, Lee-Anne Pace 76 65

142 - Tandi McCallum 71 71, Carolin Kauffmann 72 70

143 - Ellen Hutchinson-Kay 70 73

144 - Kaleigh Telfer 69 75, Emily Penttila 73 71, Tina Mazarino 72 72, Amy Taylor 73 71, Romy Meekers 70 74

145 - Nina Pegova 72 73, Lejan Lewthwaite 73 72

146 - Georgia Coughlin 74 72, Zethu Myeki 76 70, Isabella Ferreira 70 76, Jane Turner 77 69, Elena Hualde 72 74, Ivanna Samu 75 71, Vanessa Knecht 69 77

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