Lali Stander –
RUSTENBURG (25 September 2013) – The Southern Cape caught log-leaders Gauteng North off-guard in this morning’s foursomes and will take a 3-1 lead into the A-Division singles at the South African Inter-Provincial at Rustenburg Golf Club.
Werner van Niekerk and Teaghan Gauche scored first blood when they defeated Southern Cape’s Ryan Ciapparelli and Nicholas Mitchell 6 & 4, but Staffie Barnard and Jovan Rebula levelled the score with a solid 2&1 result against Philip Kruse and Werner Ferreira.
Then Sanlam SA Amateur finalist Andrew Light and Breyten Meyer claimed a huge scalp when they thumped the South African number one Zander Lombard and Gauteng North skipper Tokkie van den Berg 4&3.
Lanny Davids and Ivan Williams sealed a 3-1 lead for the Garden Route side with 1-up victory over Russell Franz and Hrendrikus Stoop.
In a very tight match-up between joint defending champions Western Province and Central Gauteng, the Cape side managed to gain a 3-1 lead with some very close results.
Weyers van Rensburg and Gerlou Roux won 1-up, Werner Theart and Aaron Russell took their match 2&1 and Alex Jordon and Drew Denyer also secured a 1-up victory, while yesterday’s heroes, Ian Snyman and Cameron Johnston, went down to Darin de Smidt and Jason Viljoen.
With the status 2-1 in Boland’s favour, Greg Royston and Gavin Sole from KwaZulu-Natal was unable to win the last hole from Trevor Mahoney and Nico van Rensburg and the 2013 joint champions edged ahead to take a 2.5 – 1.5 lead into the singles.
Ekurhuleni needs a strong performance in this afternoon’s singles to challenge log-leaders Free State & Northern Cape and second placed North West, who are both enjoyed a bye.
Although the Gauteng East side is in a good position with a 3-1 lead over Eastern Province, the side will have to step it up against Border, after the foursomes ended in a 2-all stalemate.
Eastern Province and Border also tied at with two wins apiece.
Meanwhile Limpopo came out firing.
Jaco Linde and Stephen de Beer went down 4&2 to Christiaan de Beer and Stephen Morrison, but Morne Myburgh and Jay van der Walt got Limpopo back on track. Hilton Hughes and Paul de Beer crushed Teddy Mathebula and Justice Mashego 5&4 to put Limpopo ahead 2-1
Kenya Amateur Open champion Hennie du Plessis and partner Tiaan Diedericks wrapped up a 3-1 lead for their side after thumping Lourens Volschenk and reigning Sanlam SA Amateur champion Triston Lawrence 3&2.