MOSSEL BAY, 29 September 2017 – Western Province was ascendancy once again as they turned a final round assault on Gauteng into a glorious celebration at the 57th South African Women’s Inter-Provincial Championship at Mossel Bay Golf Club on Friday.
Skipper Kaylah Williams and her five charges showed incredible courage in the face of adversity to take on the powerhouse from Gauteng and pummel their opponents into submission with a 6 – 3 victory on the final day.
“This is a dream come true,” said the 15-year-old Williams. “It’s never easy to win all your matches at the IPT and we are over the moon that we pulled it through.
“This is what we worked for. We made sure that we never got ahead of ourselves, we played every game on its own merit and everyone played for the team. We are over the moon.”
Gauteng A headed to Mossel Bay as the favourites following back-to-back victories at Centurion in 2015 and Umhlali Country Club last year.
The defending champions exerted their dominance with a nine shot victory in the 36-hole seeding round. Western Province A finished second, Ekurhuleni tucked into third and host union Southern Cape sealed the final spot in Division 1.
After two days of intense battles, Gauteng led the standings, but Western Province A was right on their heels. The 2014 champions scored decisive victories over Ekurhuleni and Free State for four points and went into the final round clash just 3.5 games points adrift.
“We needed a huge push in the foursomes to have a chance; we basically had to win all three games and at least two more in the singles to win,” said Williams.
Katia Schaff and Ashleigh Mills won 3 & 2 to gain momentum for Western Province A and Vicki Traut partnered Zayb Fredericks to a 2 & 1 win. The two 15-year-old’s – Williams and Jordan Rothman – downed Gauteng A’s top pair Woo-Ju Son and Kajal Mistry 1-up for a clean sweep.
“After the foursomes, we started the singles as if we were still behind and that approach worked for us,” said Williams. “With three points in the bag, we needed two more points, but Gauteng had been really strong in the singles. We needed to dig deeper than in any other match.”
Kaiyuree Moodley beat Ashleigh Mills 4 & 3 to get Gauteng A back into the fight, but Williams routed Symone Henriques 5 & 4 to keep her team’s title hopes alive. Son, the country’s top ranked junior, whipped Fredericks 6 & 4 and South Africa’s number one Mistry mowed down Vicki Traut 6 & 4 to keep Gauteng A in the match.
But it was all too little, too late.
New cap Rothman defeated Eleonora Galletti 4 & 3 for that all-important second point and Shaff drove their victory home when she eliminated Chiara Contomathios 4 & 2.
“We came to this year’s championship with the will to win and I am incredibly proud of what the team achieved here this week,” said manager Anne Roos. “All our players, with the exception of Vicki, came through the Womens Golf Western Province HPC Coaching Programme. They all started with us as juniors, so this is a fantastic celebration for the programme, the squad, the coaches and all our supporters.
“We prepared really well for this week and there is no describing what this means to the team. There were no stars on this team, just six players determined to succeed. Well done to Kaylah on a fantastic debut as captain and Jordan on an excellent first IPT and for winning the Individual Competition in the seeding round.
“We knew the final round against Gauteng A would be a dogfight, but this team showed incredible character throughout the week and I knew they had the stuffing to pull it off.”
Ekurhuleni defeated Southern Cape 7 – 2 in their final match to finish third in the standings.
Gauteng North A topped the Division 2 log after adding two points for their 7 – 2 victory over Border in the final round, while Gauteng B beat Boland 5 – 4 to take second in the standings.
A-SECTION: Division 1 – Day 3 Results
Gauteng A 3.0 vs Western Province A 6.0
Ekurhuleni 7.0 vs Southern Cape 2.0
1 Western Province A (3, 3, 0, 0, 6, 17)
2 Gauteng A (3, 2, 0, 1, 4, 18.5)
3 Ekurhuleni (3, 1, 0, 2, 2, 13)
4 Southern Cape (3, 0, 0, 3, 0, 5.5)
Division 1 – Day 3 Results
Western Province B 1.0 vs KwaZulu-Natal 5.0
Free State 2.5 vs Gauteng North B 3.5
1 KwaZulu-Natal (1, 1, 0, 0, 6, 15)
2 Western Province B (1, 1, 0, 0, 4, 8.5)
3 Gauteng North B (1, 0, 0, 1, 2, 7.5)
4 Free State (1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 5)
KZN seals SA Women’s IPT promotion
MOSSEL BAY, 29 September 2017 – KwaZulu-Natal won the B-Section in the 57th South African Inter-Provincial Championship with an unbeaten performance at Mossel Bay Golf Club on Friday.
After losing out to Southern Cape in a count-out at Umhlali Country Club last year, the 2001 champions made a fast start to the championship and finished within three strokes of Western Province B in the 36-hole seeding round.
KwaZulu-Natal laid down a marker with a clean sweep against Free State in the first round of match play, but Western Province B was right on their heels, levelling the score at two points all with a 4 – 2 result against Gauteng North 4 – 2.
At the end of the second round, the two teams were still tied on four points after KwaZulu-Natal won a tough contest with Gauteng North B 4 – 2 and Western Province B edged out Free State 3.5 – 2.5.
“We only had a narrow lead of 2.5 games points heading into the final round against Western Province B, but having come through the first two rounds unscathed, I knew we had the depth in the team to pull it through,” said KwaZulu-Natal captain Bronwyn Rae.
“However, we knew it would be a tough final, because Western Province B are just as adept at playing in the wind as we are. I asked the players for complete commitment in the foursomes and they delivered. Both our foursomes games went right down the wire, but we never stopped fighting.
“We won both games at the 18th hole to start the singles with a 2 – 0 lead. We backed ourselves in the singles and all I asked from the players was that they leave nothing out there.”
The skipper led by example and beat Odette Booysen 4 & 3 to claim the first scalp.
Jessica Shurety knocked out Laylaah Abrahams 3 & 1 to take KwaZulu-Natal to five points. Iman Adams put the brakes on their winning run when she downed Lizzie Currie 4 & 2, but Elsune Roode drove the victory home with a 3 & 2 result over Aaliyah Abrahams in the final match.
The final result was a resounding six points.
“I am incredibly proud of everyone on the team for pulling together the way we did over the four days of the championship,” said Rae.
“We were devastated when we were relegated in 2015 and it feels absolutely fantastic to go back to A-Section. We worked really hard on our combinations for the foursomes for this year’s championship, because a fast start is key in this format. Every player on the team contributed to this victory and you always knew someone would have your back if you were struggling. We would also like to thank you to our manager Tania Lyon for her unwavering support, doing all the running around this week and just paving the way for us to finish in the winner’s circle.”
Gauteng North B defeated Free State in the other Division 1 match with Gauteng North claiming a 3.5 – 2.5 victory to finish third in the log.
Mpumalanga finished the week at the top of the Division 3 log, earning five points after a 3-all draw with North West in the final round. Limpopo beat Northern Cape 4 – 2 to finish third in the standings.
Division 2 – Day 3 Results
Mpumalanga 3.0 vs North West 3.0
Northern Cape 2.0 vs Limpopo 4.0
1 Mpumalanga (2, 2, 0, 0, 5, 12.5)
2 North West (2, 1, 1, 0, 4, 9.5)
4 Limpopo (2, 0, 0, 2, 2, 8)
4 Northern Cape (2, 0, 1, 1, 1, 6)
B-SECTION: Division 2 – Day 3 Results
Boland 4.0 vs Gauteng B 5.0
Gauteng North A 7.0 vs Border 2.0
1 Gauteng North A (3, 3, 0, 0, 6, 20)
2 Gauteng B (3, 2, 0, 1, 4, 15.5)
3 Border (3, 1, 0, 2, 2, 10)
4 Boland (3, 0, 0, 3, 0, 8.5)