Gauteng North showed huge heart to share the spoils with KwaZulu-Natal in the opening round of the 58th South African Inter-Provincial Tournament, sponsored by Tempest Car Hire, at Oubaai Golf Club on Monday.
Representing KwaZulu-Natal (pictured) this year are Southbroom stalwart Gavin Sole, Derek Scullard, Byron Coetzee, Malcolm Mitchell, Clayton Mansfield, Luke Mayo, Jason Broomhead and Greg McKay.
The Daisies were on the back foot after KwaZulu-Natal scored a clean sweep in the foursomes and were down in most of their singles games after the first nine holes of the Ernie Els Signature Course.
Dino Capazario, Armand van Dyk, Christopher van der Merwe, skipper Jacques van Tonder, Stals Swart and Nicholaus Frade all found an extra gear to force the match into a 6-all draw.
Central Gauteng and Southern Cape’s first round clashes unfolded much the way one expected.
Central Gauteng stretched a 4 – 0 advantage to a 9.5 – 2.5 victory over Free State.
New cap Karabo Mokoena kept the defending champions on the attack when he downed number two Therion Nel 4 & 2. Debutants Reece Haikney, Cole Stevens and Keelan van Wyk reeled in three points and new cap Ruan Botha knocked out South Africa’s number one ranked Wilco Nienaber 1-up to push their tally to nine.
Paul Rodrigues and Carlos Laranja both scored for Free State and Franco Froneman birdied the final hole to halve with seasoned campaigner Ryan Dreyer.
Southern Cape took a 3 – 1 lead in the foursomes and walked off the course with a 7 – 5 result against Ekurhuleni after a great tussle in the singles.
Carlo Heunis made a fantastic start in his debut for the home union, beating Saul Moss 7 & 6, but Aneurin Gounden hit back for Ekurhuleni when he whipped Southern Cape number one Christo Lamprecht by the same margin.
Ryan van Velzen, Brandon Gildenhuys and Jordan Burnand kept Ekurhuleni in the fight, but Hans-Jurie Human made sure the Garden Route side stayed ahead. Ben van Wyk and Martin Vorster sealed the two-point victory for Southern Cape.
Central Gauteng and Southern Cape both banked two points for their efforts, however, the defending champions moved into the number one spot in the log with a 2.4 games point advantage. Gauteng North and KwaZulu-Natal share third with one point each.
Gauteng North faces Central Gauteng on Tuesday, while Free State tackle Southern Cape in round two and Ekurhuleni goes up against KwaZulu-Natal.
KwaZulu-Natal 6.0 vs Gauteng North 6.0
Coetzee / Broomhead beat Frade / Viljoen 3 & 2;
Scullard / Sole beat Capazario / van Dyk 5 & 4;
McKay / Mayo beat van Tonder / van der Merwe 2 & 1;
Mitchell / Mansfield beat Opperman / Swart 1Up;
Jason Broomhead lost to Dino Capazario 2 & 1;
Byron Coetzee beat Danie Viljoen 2 & 1;
Gavin Sole lost to Armand van Dyk 2 & 1;
Derek Scullard lost to Christopher van der Merwe 1Down;
Luke Mayo lost to Jacques van Tonder 2 & 1;
Gregory Mckay lost to Stals Swart 3 & 1;
Clayton Mansfield lost to Nicholaus Frade 1Down;
Malcolm Mitchell beat Dawid Opperman 2 & 1;
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