Epic battles loom at SA Women’s IPT

TSHWANE, 29 September 2015 – Gauteng and Gauteng North will go head-to-head for the 55th South African Women’s Inter-Provincial title after finishing in the top draw of the A-Section Qualifier at Centurion Country Club on Tuesday.

Gauteng A and B; credit WGWP
Gauteng A and B; credit WGWP

Gauteng North is counting on their home course advantage to revive a seven-year winning run that was ended by Western Province last year, but Gauteng threw down the gauntlet with a first and second place finish.

Gauteng North A and B; credit WGWP
Gauteng North A and B; credit WGWP

Gunning for their first victory since 2006, Gauteng A forged clear of the opposition in the morning foursomes and produced a strong performance in the singles to claim the prestigious Jean Tindall Memorial Trophy on 14 over 518.

Gauteng B edged out Gauteng North A for second on a count-out after both teams tied on 27 over.

“The qualifier has definitely left us in a strong position to challenge for victory this year,” said Gauteng A manager Gill van der Meulen.

“After finishing first and second at the 72-Hole Teams Championship, we have been targeting a return to the winner’s circle in the SA Women’s IPT.

“We won the qualifier at Royal Cape Golf Club last year, but we didn’t capitalise on our opportunities and we won’t make those mistakes this year. The A-team, especially, are fired up for this year’s championship and they will bring everything to the match play.”

The country’s top ranked pair Ivanna Samu and Kaleigh Telfer spearheaded the challenge for Gauteng A.

Samu and Telfer combined for an even-par 72 in the foursomes, which was matched by Woo-Ju Son and captain Tash Carlsson to give the side the early lead.

Samu led the way in the singles with another 72, Telfer returned a 74, Son carded a 75, Carlsson posted a 78 and a 76 from Kajal Mistry helped Gauteng A to the top spot.

Although Gauteng North A took third, the former champions still has strength in numbers after their B side held off Boland by one stroke to finish on 64 over and take the final spot in the top draw.

“We are definitely not underestimating Gauteng North A or B,” Van der Meulen said.

“Gauteng North B fought like demons edge out Boland, which proves just how hungry they are. The girls play against each other all the time, so we know the calibre of the opposition and the next few days are going to be an immense battle of wills.”

Boland, Ekurhuleni, KwaZulu-Natal and defending champions Western Province A will contest the bottom order of the A-Section.

Meanwhile Free State combined for 399, edging out North West by one stroke to clinch the Nolan Karp Trophy in the B-Section.

Chante van Zyl and Zanele Mazibuko combined for a 79 in the singles, while Matsleleng Mokoena partnered Bianca Wernich to an 84. Van Zyl led the team in the singles with an even-par 72, while Wernich and Mazibuko carded a pair of 82s.

Eastern Province finished in third place on 405, while defending champions Border claimed the final spot in the top draw with fourth place on 407.

Southern Cape, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Western Province B will contest the bottom draw.

A-SECTION RESULTS – Jean Tindell Memorial Trophy

518 – Gauteng A

Foursomes: 144 72 Kaleigh Telfer, Ivanna Samu, 72; Woo-Ju Son, Natasha Carlsson;

Singles: 374 – 72 Ivanna Samu, 74 Woo-Ju Son, 74 Kaleigh Telfer, 76 Kajal Mistry, 78 Natasha Carlsson

531 – Gauteng B

Foursomes: 152 – 73 Symone Henriques, Chiara Contomathios; 79 Kaiyuree Moodley, Shawnelle De Lange;

Singles: 379 – 75 Chiara Contomathios, 75 Lauren Bekker, 75 Shawnelle De Lange, 75 Symone Henriques, 79 Kaiyuree Moodley

531 – Gauteng North A

Foursomes: 150 – 73 Danielle Du Toit, Carrie Park; 77 Adele Beytell, Chantelle Hefer;

Singles: 381 – 71 Danielle Du Toit, 74 Carrie Park, 76 Ruzanne Van der Walt, 80 Adele Beytell, 80 Chantelle Hefer

568 – Gauteng North B

Foursomes: 157 – 77 Larissa Du Preez, Marinda Pretorius; 80 Heidi Van der Berg, Karin Watts;

Singles: 411 – 72 Larissa Du Preez, 79 Karin Watts, 84 Janelize Bessenger, 87 Marinda Pretorius, 89 Heidi Van der Berg

569 – Boland

Foursomes: 162 – 77 Crystal Beukes, Vicki Traut; 85 Cassidy Williams, Maggie Minnie;

Singles: 407 – 76 Cassidy Williams, 78 Crystal Beukes, 79 Vicki Traut, 84 Maggie Minnie, 90 Lynne Behagg,

569 – Ekurhuleni

Foursomes: 153 – 76 Jenefer Haw, Lejan Lewthwaite; 77 Caitlyn Macnab, Sarah Bouch

Singles: 416 – 71 Caitlyn Macnab, 76 Lejan Lewthwaite, 83 Sarah Bouch, 90 Jenefer Haw, 96 Lezette Vermaak

571 – KwaZulu-Natal

Foursomes: 160 – 79 Elsune Roode, Jessica Shurety; 81 Courtenay James, Brittney-Fay Berger;

Singles: 411 – 79 Brittney-Fay Berger, 80 Jessica Shurety, 82 Elsune Roode, 83 Jane Mackenzie, 87 Courtenay James

578 – Western Province A

Foursomes: 169 – 84 Zayb Fredericks, Tara Griebenow; 85 Aaliyah Abrahams, Kaylah Williams;

Singles: 409 – 76 Katia Shaff, 82 Tara Griebenow, 83 Aaliyah Abrahams, 83 Zayb Fredericks, 85 Kaylah Williams

B-SECTION RESULTS – Nolan Karp Trophy

399 – Free State

Foursomes: 163 – 79 Chante Van Zyl, Zanele Mazibuko; 84 Matsleleng Mokoena, Bianca Wernich; Singles: 236 – 72 Chante Van Zyl, 82 Bianca Wernich, 82 Zanele Mazibuko

400 – North West

Foursomes: 160 – 77 Frankie Bosman, Michelle Swanepoel; 83 Lindi Coetzee, Jhanelle Strydom; Singles: 240 – 78 Jhanelle Strydom, 79 Michelle Swanepoel, 83 Frankie Bosman

405 – Eastern Province

Foursomes: 153 – 74 Shene Du Toit, Jamie-Lee Daniels; 79 Justine Botten, Minette Olivier;

Singles: 252 – 79 Minette Olivier, 83 Jamie-Lee Daniels, 90 Justine Botten

407 – Border

Foursomes: 162 – 80 Demi Flanagan, Zethu Myeki; 82 Yolanda Duma, Siviwe Duma;

Singles: 245 – 81 Zethu Myeki, 81 Siviwe Duma, 83 Demi Flanagan

415 – Southern Cape

Foursomes: 169 – 82 Anzelle Zeelie, Desiree Geldenhuys; 87 Marguerite Pienaar, Sonja Bland; Singles: 246 – 82 Sonja Bland, 82 Desiree Geldenhuys, 82 Marguerite Pienaar

432 – Mpumalanga

Foursomes: 169 – 80 Chanelle Botha, Thandeka Hlatshwayo; 89 Chante Boonstra, Lelanie Weber; Singles: 263 – 85 Chante Boonstra, 85 Chanelle Botha, 93 Thandeka Hlatshwayo

434 – Western Province B

Foursomes: 171 – 85 Laylaah Abrahams, Sarah Osborn; 86 Adrienne Kruger, Cherylynn Croome; Singles: 263 – 86 Cherylynn Croome, 88 Adrienne Kruger, 89 Laylaah Abrahams

446 – Limpopo

Foursomes: 184 – 90 Desiree Earle, Lenanda Van der Watt; 94 Cherie Siebert, Anzel Van der Schyff; Singles: 262 – 82 Lenanda Van der Watt, 86 Desiree Earle, 94 Anzel Van der Schyff. 

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of Women’s Golf South Africa.

Lali Stander

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