Well worth the effort: Ashleigh Buhai meets the trophy. Picture: LUKE WALKER/GALLO IMAGES
Well worth the effort: Ashleigh Buhai meets the trophy. Picture: LUKE WALKER/GALLO IMAGES

Ashleigh Buhai beat defending champion Lee-Anne Pace at the first extra hole of a sudden-death play-off for the Cape Town Ladies Open title on Thursday.

Buhai led by one shot going up the last hole, but Pace drained a 12-footer for birdie and the top ranked pair deadlocked at eight-under-par 214 at the end of regulation play.

They returned to the 18th tee and this time Buhai rocked home a 25-foot putt for birdie to seal the win.

"I nearly blew it," said Buhai after she closed with a one-over-par 75. "I had a six shot lead through nine holes and then the wheels came off.

"I had a few bad swings and let a couple of putts slip by."

Buhai paid the price with three bogeys at 13, 14 and 15 and when Pace birdied 14, the two shot swing left the pair at seven under with three holes to play.

Three-time SA Women’s Open champion Pace may have seen a different outcome had her putter played ball.

"The greens were great, my putter not," she said."

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