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Kyra van Kan Captures First-Ever Africa Amateur Women's Invitational

Kyra van Kan celebrates on the 18th hole after winning Africa Amateur Championship at Leopard Creek.
Image credit: The R&A

Kyra van Kan has made history as the inaugural champion of the Africa Amateur Women’s Invitational, seizing a wire-to-wire victory at Leopard Creek. The South African dominated the 54-hole event, finishing an impressive nine shots ahead of compatriot Bobbi Brown, ultimately securing the title with a one-under-par total of 215.

Speaking after her victory, van Kan said: "I'm seriously overwhelmed, it’s such an amazing feeling.

"Finishing here on such a prestigious golf course, I’m really honoured to have played golf in front of Mr (Johann) Rupert, The R&A and GolfRSA. It's just incredible, this feeling. I'm really honoured to have my name on that trophy.

"This is something that I don't think I'll ever forget until I'm like 90. I think I'll always cherish this moment. The R&A has made this moment feel so special and I'm forever grateful for that."

Kyra van Kan has won the Africa Amateur Championship at Leopard Creek
Image credit: The R&A

Throughout the three rounds, the 18-year-old held onto her lead without wavering. Thanks to her victory, she has secured places in The Women’s Amateur Championship, Final Qualifying for the AIG Women’s Open, and The Investec South African Women’s Open in 2024, along with invitations to the Lalla Meryem Cup and Magical Kenya Ladies Open in 2025.

On what now lies ahead, van Kan said: "I'm really excited for these opportunities.

"To be able to go over to the UK and try and get into the AIG Women’s Open is just fabulous. I'm into the South African Women's Open, which will be in Cape Town at Erinvale. I played in it last year, so I was really hoping to play it again this year, so I’m so excited. It's always a privilege to be playing in special events. I can’t thank The R&A and GolfRSA enough."