RUSTENBURG, 14 October 2016 – Western Province and Boland guaranteed the South a double celebration with duel success in the South African Mid-Amateur Inter-Provincial Championship at Rustenburg Golf Club on Friday.
Western Province captured the A-Section title in an unbeaten performance, while Boland blew Mpumalanga out of the water in their final round skirmish to win the B-Section promotion battle.
Ekurhuleni blasted to a 3 – 1 lead in the final round foursomes, but Western Province overturned the two point deficit with a gung-ho performance in the singles to clinch a 6.5 – 5.5 victory.
Western Province skipper Cameron Johnston obliterated Jan Delport 8 & 7 and Weyers Janse van Rensburg downed Lawrence Joubert 6 & 4 to level the match.
Rowan du Preez briefly put Ekurhuleni back in front when he knocked out rookie Brent Kirstein 5 & 4, but Elton James took the match to 4-all when he handed Jaco Rall a 5 & 4 drubbing. Gerlou Roux eliminated Dino De Abreu 4 & 2 to boost Province’s tally to five, and Stefan Blommaert dispatched Donovan Pearce 3 & 2 to put Western Province 6 – 4 in the lead.
Waylon Kukard took out Riaan Lewis 2 & 1 to cut Province’s lead to one, but rookie Werner Theart held his nerve down the closing stretch to claim the half point that sealed victory for Province.
“Werner is a SA IPT veteran and his experience under pressure got the job done,” said Johnston.
“He was 2-up with three to play when Ernest Botha kicked it into high gear. He birdied 16 and nearly holed out at 18, but Werner was as calm as the Dalai Lama and bagged the vital half point.
“This is an incredible moment for the whole squad. It came down to how we would perform as a team against Ekurhuleni and I am so proud of how the players pulled together to get us the win. Elton and Gerlou came into the team firing after the premier SA Inter-Provincial and they were definitely our big guns, but every other guy on the team batted for this victory.
“Our losses this week were marginal, but we never took anything for granted. That’s why every man in the squad can share in this triumph. The whole team and our manager Ludwig Schreuder contributed to pull it through.”
Central Gauteng’s valiant 8.5 – 3.5 victory over KwaZulu-Natal was too little, too late. Western Province topped the standings with 12 points and the 2012 champions had to settle for the runner-up spot in the log on 10 points.
North West and Gauteng North drew 6-all in their final match, which left the host union in third spot with seven points and the Daisies fourth on five points.
The defending champions finished fifth with four points, while Ekurhuleni handed Eastern Province the wooden spoon with a games point advantage. The teams both earned two points, but Ekurhuleni amassed 35 games points to Eastern Province’s tally of 23.5.
Boland captain Jaco Spies and rest of his charges could barely contain their excitement as they watched rookie Andre Ficks close out the final game against RFJ Nel at the 18th hole. Ficks’ 1-up victory handed Boland a 9.5 – 2.5 win over Mpumalanga that not only sealed their position at the top of the log, but put a huge exclamation mark behind a worthy promotion for the side.
“We finished the week without any losses and that speaks volumes about to the incredible spirit of this team,” said Spies. “The team was announced pretty late, so we only had one meeting where the guys got to know each other a little and got the team spirit going. And that team spirit carried us all the way to the finish line.”
Boland got off the mark against Mpumalanga with a 2.5 – 1.5 lead in the foursomes.
The skipper’s brother Philip, Paul Baatjies, Ferdi van der Merwe, Louis Moolman and siblings Anton and Robert Oosthuizen rode the momentum to a close clean sweep in the singles. Mpumalanga’s Chris Zietsman scored Mpumalanga’s lone point when he took out the captain 5 & 4.
“There were no superstars on this team,” said Spies. “Every guy was committed, they stuck it out in tough times and they backed each other whenever someone ran into trouble. Today I went down pretty early, but seven other guys had my back.
“We all want to congratulate Andre on a great debut. Andre was 3-down in his game, but he rallied like a demon to win 2 & 1 to give us the draw against Free State and thanks to him, we are celebrating an unbeaten week.
“The team also wants to thank our manager Charl de Villiers and everyone at Boland Golf Union for the incredible support, from the kit to the logistics to the messages of encouragement. We are incredibly proud to bring the trophy home and I hope we can inspire all the other teams back home with this performance.”
A-SECTION RESULT ROUND 5
Western Province 6.5 vs Ekurhuleni 5.5
Central Gauteng 8.5 vs KwaZulu-Natal 3.5
North West 6 vs Gauteng North 6
A-SECTION FINAL LOG
1 Western Province (6, 6, 0, 0, 12, 48.5)
2 Central Gauteng (6, 5, 0, 1, 10, 43)
3 North West (6, 3, 1, 2, 7, 36)
4 Gauteng North (6, 2, 1, 3, 5, 34)
5 KwaZulu-Natal (6, 2, 0, 4, 4, 32)
6 Ekurhuleni (6, 1, 0, 5, 2, 35)
7 Eastern Province (6, 1, 0, 5, 2, 23.5)
B-SECTION RESULTS ROUND 5
Boland 9.5 vs Mpumalanga 2.5
Free State 8 vs Limpopo 4
Southern Cape 10.5 vs Border 1.5
Williams / Barnard beat Ludick / Pillay 3 & 2;
Mitchell / Geldenhuys beat Jonas / Ngantweni 5 & 3;
Norgarb / Frylinck beat Coetzee / Mc Clure 3 & 2;
Welgemoed / Faber beat Joubert / Kahts 5 & 3;
Ivan Williams halved with Ben Jonas;
Stafie Barnard beat Travis Mc Clure 5 & 3;
Henk Geldenhuys beat Dion Kahts 4 & 3;
Nicholas Mitchell beat Nico Joubert 7 & 5;
Heinrich Frylinck beat Patrick Ludick 4 & 3;
Ian Norgarb lost to Sean Coetzee 2 & 1;
James Faber beat Udesh Pillay 4 & 3;
Werner Welgemoed beat Fellow Ngantweni 5 & 4;
1 Boland (6, 5, 1, 0, 11, 49.5)
2 Mpumalanga (6, 5, 0, 1, 10, 47)
3 Free State (6, 3, 2, 1, 8, 37)
4 Southern Cape (6, 3, 0, 3, 6, 42.5)
5 Northern Cape (6, 1, 1, 4, 3, 32.5)
6 Limpopo (6, 1, 0, 5, 2, 23)
7 Border (6, 1, 0, 5, 2, 20.5)