PORT ELIZABETH (26 September 2013) – A Division leaders Gauteng North A enjoyed another successful day at Port Elizabeth Golf Club, but the defending champions can hardly afford to relax after Western Province A moved within striking distance at the Pick n Pay SA Women’s Inter-Provincial on Thurday.
The Cape side took a 2-1 lead against Gauteng North B in the foursomes and extend their advantage in the afternoon singles to win their Section A match.
Zayb Kippie, Yvette du Plessis, Cara Gorlei and Ji Sun Kang thumped their opponents to add four points, while Vanessa Smith and Kelly Erasmus halved their matches to secure a 7-5 win.
Meanwhile the log leaders also won two of their three foursomes, but they favourites certainly had their job cut out to hold off a spirited challenge from Gauteng A to stay in control.
Gauteng A’s Eleonora Galletti beat Marne Clack 6&5 to get her side going.
Shawnelle de Lange, Lauren Bekker, Kaleigh Telfer and Lara Weinstein all rallied to halve their matches, but Gauteng North claimed a 5-4 win when Magda Kruger defeated Michelle Leigh 5&3.
With just one point the difference, it will bound to be a ding-dong battle between Gauteng North A and Western Province A when the two giants go head-to-head in the final round.
Ekurhuleni beat North West 7-2 to keep ahead in the B-Section log. The side leads on four points, one point clear of KwaZulu-Natal, who squared off 4.5 – 4.5 against North West.
Eastern Province continued their winning march in Section A by beating Southern Cape 4-2, while Gauteng B defeated Border 4.5 – 1.5.
In Section B, Western Province B went down 4-2 to Free State & Northern Cape while Limpopo beat Limpopo in a clean sweep 5-0.
SECOND ROUND SCOREBOARD
DIVISION A – Section A
Western Province A 7 vs Gauteng North B 2
Gauteng North A 5 vs Gauteng A 4
DIVISION A – Section B
KwaZulu-Natal 4.5 vs Boland 4.5
Ekurhuleni 7 vs North West 2
DIVISION B – Section A
Eastern Province 4.0 vs Southern Cape 2.0
Gauteng B 4.5 vs Border 1.5
DIVISION B – Section B
Western Province B 2.0 vs Free State & Northern Cape 4.0
Limpopo 5.0 vs Mpumalanga 1.0