BELLVILLE (13 December 2013) – Southern Cape mowed down North West on the final day of this year’s South African Junior Inter-Provincial, beating their biggest rivals for the coveted promotion to the A-Section of the country’s largest national junior team championship on Friday.
Both teams had won five of their six matches and going head-to-head into battle, the two sides topped the log at eight points each.
But it was the Garden Route side that emerged the champions after winning the showdown 8 – 4.
Team manager Roger Wessels was very impressed with the fighting spirit from his young charges.
“North West won two games in the foursomes and we halved another, so we started the singles on the back foot,” the former professional explained.
“We were four down through nine holes, but the team showed incredible spirit and determination over the back nine at Bellville Golf Club to pull through and secure the win for us.”
Johan Oosthuizen levelled the playing field for Southern Cape when he handed Christopher Moroke a 6 & 5 drubbing and Jack Duthie put the team ahead with a 4 & 3 result against Tiaan Maree.
Former SAGDB member Franklin Manchest extended their lead by taking down Pieter Kruger 3 & 2, and Mentz Germishuis widened the gap to three points beating Philip Niemand 2-up.
North West’s Ruan Prigge halved with Cyril Botha to keep the difference to three, but Riaan Swart gave the side a glimmer of hope when he defeated Garen Niemand at the 18th.
But Theunie Bezuidenhout and Jovan Rebula hammered the last two nails in North West’s coffin by beating Cameron Moralee 2 & 1 and Stephen Allen 5 & 4 respectively.
In recent years, junior golf in the Southern Cape junior golf has grown in leaps and bounds, in no small measure thanks to the Southern Cape Golf Union and institutions like the KeNako Academy, the Louis Oosthuizen Academy, the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation and the SAGDB, that continues to discover and cultivate great talent.
Wessels said the union invests a lot in developing their junior section.
“The president of Southern Cape Golf Union Junior Golf, Stephen Murray, works tirelessly to ensure that the juniors have a lot of tournaments to give them a competitive environment to grow and gain experience,” Wessels said. “Stephen has the full backing of the union, because we need to grow the game, pull more juniors into the game and nurture the talent of these players.
“The two most valuable players in the B-Section this week was Johan Oosthuizen and Cyril Botha, and I believe that speaks volumes to the depth of talent in the Southern Cape.”
Had Southern Cape and North West drawn their match, KwaZulu-Natal had an outside chance to win the B-Section.
The team stepped up to the challenge by defeating Mpumalanga 8 – 4 and the result was good enough to lift the boys in black to second place on the final log with nine points.
Boland vaulted to eight points after giving Border a comprehensive 9 – 3 whipping and beat North West to third place by two game points.
BELLVILLE (13 December 2013) – Central Gauteng truly embodied the spirit of team effort when they combined to beat Gauteng North in the final round on Friday and lift the 2013 South African Junior Inter-Provincial at Bellville Golf Club.
The junior side looked great on paper and was among the favourites to challenge ahead of this year’s national championship, yet they didn’t make their presence felt until they pulled together for a superb turnaround victory against hosts Western Province in the fourth round.
That same collective determination carried the team to an 8 – 4 victory against Gauteng North when a clean sweep in the foursomes came under serious threat from the defending champions in the singles.
“This match was a lot closer than it looks on paper, but I have to commend every player on the team for the way they pulled together and played for each other,” said manager Andy Truluck.
“It is never easy to win all five games at the IPT but our guys pulled through in spectacular style, especially in the singles in our final match. We played each match on its own merit, and the guys played for the team, not for the man.”
Gauteng North was 0 – 4 down going into the singles, but quickly chipped away at the deficit.
Ruan Conradie beat Keelan van Wyk 3 & 2, Dylan Naidoo lost 1-down to Adriel Poonan and Stefan Wears-Taylor halved his match against Karabo Mokoena to reduce the gap one and a half points.
MH Steyn beat Juan-Pierre Cooper 4 & 3 to take Central’s tally to 5.5 points, but Gauteng North closed in again when Nicholaus Frade scored another half point against Rupert Kaminski.
Then Albert Venter thumped Dean Martin 5 & 3 to take Gauteng North to 6 – 4.
“It came down to the final two matches but our captain gave us the point we needed when he beat Rosswell Sinclair 3 & 2 and David Meyers put the seal on our victory when he defeated Keegan de Lange at the last hole,” Truluck said.
It has been four years since Central Gauteng last won the title, and Truluck is excited at the prospect of seeing this team added to the prestigious trophy.
“In 2008, Howard McLaren brought a team that included some players that are now making a name for themselves on the pro circuit,” Truluck said.
“I looked at the names on the trophy just this morning and they were a real power team… Haydn Porteous, Allan and Matthew Versfeld, Graham van der Merwe, Danie van Tonder, Siphiwe Siphayi, Callum Mowat and Shayne Allen…it’s so exciting to add the names of these lads to the trophy.
“Moreover, next year we will be hosting the SA Junior IPT and defending our title. We are only losing our skipper, Darren de Smidt, because he will be too old to compete on junior level. It’s great to know that we will have this side for another year.”
Gauteng North’s defeat opened the door for the Western Province to take second in the standings, but the 2012 champions had to pull out all the stops against Ekurhuleni to force the match into a 6-all draw.
Meanwhile A-Section debutants Limpopo avoided the wooden spoon with a well-time first victory.
In a tightly fought contest, Limpopo claimed two crucial points in the singles to defeat Eastern Province by one point 6.5 – 5.5.
Eastern Province will be relegated to make space for Southern Cape, who mowed down their greatest rivals of the week – North West – to gain promotion for next year.
KwaZulu-Natal finished second after downing Mpumalanga 8 – 4, while Boland vaulted to third after handing Border a 9 – 3 trashing.
A-DIVISION: DAY FIVE RESULTS
Central Gauteng Golf Union 8.0 vs Gauteng North Golf Union 4.0
Western Province Golf Union 6.0 vs Ekurhuleni Golf Union 6.0
Eastern Province Golf Union 5.5 vs Limpopo Golf Union 6.5
1 Central Gauteng Golf Union (5, 4, 1, 0, 9, 39.0)
2 Western Province Golf Union (5, 3, 1, 1, 7, 36.5)
3 Ekurhuleni Golf Union (5, 2, 2, 1, 6, 31.0)
4 Gauteng North Golf Union (5, 3, 0, 2, 6, 30.0)
5 Limpopo Golf Union (5, 1, 0, 4, 2, 19.5)
6 Eastern Province Golf Union (5, 0, 0, 5, 0, 24.0)
B-DIVISION: DAY FIVE RESULTS
North West Golf Union 4.0 vs Southern Cape Golf Union 8.0
KwaZulu Natal Golf Union 8.0 vs Mpumalanga Golf Union 4.0
Boland Golf Union 9.0 vs Border Golf Union 3.0
1 Southern Cape Golf Union (6, 5, 0, 1, 10, 47.5)
2 KwaZulu Natal Golf Union (6, 4, 1, 1, 9, 43.0)
3 Boland Golf Union (6, 4, 0, 2, 8, 42.0)
4 North West Golf Union (6, 3, 2, 1, 8, 40.0)
5 Border Golf Union (6, 2, 1, 3, 5, 32.0)
6 Free State & Northern Cape (6, 1, 0, 5, 2, 25.5)
7 Mpumalanga Golf Union (6, 0, 0, 6, 0, 22.0)