JOHANNESBURG (19 May 2016) – Gauteng North and Central Gauteng are deadlocked heading into the final round of the 2016 Challenge Cup, but the SAGA Juniors are still in the mix after fourth round action wrapped up at Parkview Golf Club on Thursday.
Lali Stander – Gauteng North led the standings after three rounds, but the SAGA Juniors held the Daisies to a 6-all draw and that opened the door for Central Gauteng to take aim at a third victory in five years.
The 2012 and 2014 champions were on the back foot going into the Singles after USSA took a 3 – 1 lead in the Foursomes, but Central Gauteng showed a lot of heart to rally to a 7 – 5 victory.
Clayton Mansfield took down Keegan Steyn 6 & 4 to score the first point, but his triumph also marked the last game USSA would win in the afternoon session.
David Mcintyre turned the tide when he beat Andrew Plint 3 & 2 and then the rest of the team stepped it up. Kyle Barker, Jason Rossiter, Mohit Mediratta and Cameron Moralee all reeled in 2 & 1 victories to give Central Gauteng a 6 – 5 lead.
Tyrone Gibb was 2-down with two to play, but USSA’s Andrè van Zyl bogeyed 17 and 18 and the match was squared. Luke Jerling was 2-up with four to play, but Central’s Dylan Naidoo cut the lead one when he won the 15th hole. Jerling kept the lead through 16, but bogeyed 17 and the pair halved the match after both made par at the closing hole.
Meanwhile Western Province mounted a spirited comeback in the Singles to defeat the President’s Team 6.5 – 5.5 and claim their first points for the week.
Province starters Ruben van Zyl and Mujahid Agherdien won the first game out in the Foursomes, but the President’s team took the next three to lead 3 – 1.
Sentanio Minnie took them to 4 – 1 when he beat Paul Golditz 5 & 4, but Van Zyl stemmed the bleeding when he whipped Chandler Shaw 5 & 3. Franklin Manchest won 4 & 3 to pick up one more point for the President’s Team, but after that it was Province all the way.
Elmo Barnard downed Siyanda Mwandla 3 & 2, Mujahid Agherdien and Deon Germishuys both won 2 & 1 and Hayden Garcia knocked out Neswill Croy 1-up. Province was looking for a 7 – 5 result, but Karabo Mokoena spoiled the party when he birdied the closing hole to halve against Christian Helmbold.
Gauteng North will face off against the President’s Team, Central Gauteng take on Western Province and the SAGA Juniors will go head-to-head with USSA in Friday’s final round.
Gauteng North and Central Gauteng top the log with six points, while the defending champions are third with five points and USSA fourth with three points.
The President’s Team and Western Province both have two points, however, the President’s Team has 23 games points to Province’s 15.
ROUND FOUR RESULTS
SAGA Juniors 6 vs Gauteng North 6
Lamprecht / Gounden lost to Joubert / Kok 4 & 3;
Nel / Deyzel beat van der Merwe / Kruse 1Up;
Vorster / Mostert lost to Conradie / Mclachlan 4 & 2;
Higgo / Filippi halved with Conradie / Venter;
Werner Deyzel halved with Richard Joubert;
Christo (Jnr) Lamprecht beat Christopher van der Merwe 2 & 1;
Therion Nel lost to Dylan Kok 1Down;
Anuerin Gounden halved with Keegan Mclachlan;
Martin Vorster halved with Philip Kruse;
Garrick Higgo beat Estiaan Conradie 5 & 4;
Luca Filippi beat Ruan Conradie 2 & 1;
Dylan Mostert lost to Albert Venter 3 & 1;
Western Province 6.5 vs Presidents Team 5.5
Van Zyl / Agherdien beat Mallick / Shaw 4 & 2;
Belfiore / Colditz lost to Croy / Manchest 4 & 3;
Garcia / Helmbold lost to Mwandla / Mokoena 2 & 1;
Barnard / Germishuys lost to Minnie / le Roux 3 & 1;
Mujahid Agherdien beat Hilmi Mallick 2 & 1;
Ruben van Zyl beat Chandler Shaw 5 & 3;
Christian Helmbold halved with Karabo Mokoena;
Geno Belfiore lost to Franklin Manchest 4 & 3;
Hayden Garcia beat Neswill Croy 1Up;
Deon Germishuys beat Steven le Roux 2 & 1;
Elmo Barnard beat Siyanda Mwandla 3 & 2;
Paul Colditz lost to Sentanio Minnie 5 & 4;
USSA 5 vs Central Gauteng 7
Plint / Swanepoel beat Barker / Rossiter 1Up;
Lane / van Zyl lost to Mcintyre / Gibb 2 & 1;
Loubser / van der Knaap beat Mediratta / Steyn 3 & 2;
Mansfield / Jerling beat Naidoo / Moralee 2 & 1;
Ryan Lane lost to Kyle Barker 2 & 1;
Phillip Swanepoel lost to Jason Rossiter 2 & 1;
Andrew Plint lost to David Mcintyre 3 & 2;
Andrè van Zyl halved with Tyrone Gibb;
Marco Loubser lost to Mohit Mediratta 2 & 1;
Clayton Mansfield beat Keegan Steyn 6 & 4;
Andrew van der Knaap lost to Cameron Moralee 2 & 1;
Luke Jerling halved with Dylan Naidoo;
FOURTH ROUND LOG
1 Gauteng North (4, 2, 2, 0, 6, 29.0)
2 Central Gauteng (4, 3, 0, 1, 6, 27.0)
3 SAGA Juniors (4, 2, 1, 1, 5, 28.5)
4 USSA (4, 1, 1, 2, 3, 21.5)
5 Presidents Team (4, 1, 0, 3, 2, 23.0)
6 Western Province (4, 1, 0, 3, 2, 15.0)