Moa Folke fired an excellent round of 65 (-8) on the third day of the Joburg Ladies Open to lead by two strokes heading into the final day.
The Swedish player started brightly with a birdie on the first before a dropped shot on the fourth but made three birdies in four holes to make the turn in 34 (-3).
It was on the back nine at Modderfontein Golf Club where Folke turned up the heat dropping only one shot and rolling in four birdies.
But it was on the last hole where the 27-year-old finished in style holing out from the rough for an eagle to jump to the top of the leaderboard on 12-under-par.
“I played really well today, I’m very happy,” said Folke. “The wind is a little bit different today, so I was quite nervous on the tee shot on 18 not knowing the wind and then I got in the rough.
“I got a really good lie; I was in between clubs but then I just picked one and hit it and it looked really good and to see it go in is such a fun feeling. My putter definitely helped, I putted really well but I’ve also given myself a lot of chances today, so overall it was great.”
Folke, who was a rookie on the LET in 2022, won on the Sunshine Ladies Tour a couple of weeks ago at the Dimension Data Ladies Pro-Am.
And that victory has helped the Swede build confidence over the past few weeks and she feels more prepared heading into the final day in search of a maiden LET win.
She explained: “I have gained so much confidence. Getting to win a few weeks ago on the Sunshine Ladies Tour gave me so much confidence knowing I can play well and to prove that I can play well today was extra special.
“I think I’m going to be nervous tomorrow, but it is so much fun to be in this position. I have been in this position once before and it didn’t go so well. I feel like I’m a better player now so I’m looking forward to tomorrow. After I was in this position last time, I worked really hard on my short game and my long game has gotten better so I feel I’m better prepared this time.”
Denmark’s Nicole Broch Estrup, who led at the halfway stage, sits in second place on 10-under-par after shooting a round of 71 (-2).
It was a very even day for the Dane who made two birdies and a bogey on her front nine and replicated it on the back nine.
“Obviously, it was a tough day, but it was good fun playing in the final group and I feel like I managed really well,” said the LET winner.
“I’m really happy about my effort out there today and big thanks to Kasper…
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