By Quintin van Jaarsveld
Ganes Munsami and Yzelle Greyling showed the necessary consistency and temperament to win the Port Shepstone Country Club men’s and women’s match play titles at the weekend.
The club’s 16 best men’s players went head-to-head for the coveted silverware in what a calculated war of attrition.
Championship hopefuls had to prevail in four rounds, two on Saturday and two on Sunday, in order to realise their title aspirations and as such, consistency was key.
Ganes Munsami was the best under pressure and clinched his maiden match play title after winning a taxing semi-final against Leon Bunge and beating Graham Fabricius 4 & 3 in the final on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s very exciting and quite an accomplishment,” Munsami told eHowz!t.
“It was quite gruelling having to play four rounds. On Sunday morning I really felt the toll of Saturday’s games but fortunately I got a spring in my step in the afternoon game [final]. That’s when I found my rhythm again and played like I usually do.”
The experienced Munsami commended his younger play-off opponents, saying, “Leon and Graham are both quality players. Leon was very persistent and against Graham I had to be consistent.
“They were in better shape than I was but I think my experience helped me in the pressure situations.”
Greyling, meanwhile, continued her scintillating 2014 form as she added the match play title to the stroke play championship she won last month.
The club’s eight top women’s players vied for the honours, with Greyling beating Annie Stoppel on Saturday and Sue van den Berg 3 & 2 in Sunday’s final to complete a rare club double.
“It’s such a good feeling,” she said.
“It’s been a really great year for me and I’ve been enjoying my golf. I’ve done my two scary things for the year, so I want to rest now.”
She added: “The standard of golf was high throughout – it was a tough bunch of girls and they can all play.
“Annie and Sue are both brave-hearted girls and it was fun playing them.”
The women’s match play championship had been shelved in recent years and Greyling praised ladies captain Cilla Lindsay for reintroducing the competition this year.
“It’s great that Cilla brought it back this year. It’s something I hope becomes an annual event again because it’s a different test of skills.
“It’s more hole-by-hole than stroke play so it’s a good challenge and it [an annual match play competition] would be especially beneficial for the younger, up-and-coming players.”