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Province claims 2011 SA Junior Inter-Provincial

16 Dec 2011

The triumphant Western Province team after winning the South African Junior Inter-Provincial at Leopard Park Golf Club

Western Province took control of the South African Junior Inter-Provincial on day two and remained in ascendancy throughout the next two rounds. Little surprise then that the Cape side claimed the country’s premier junior team competition with two more magnificent victories at Leopard Park Golf Club on Friday.

Leading by just one point, there was at least a mathematical chance that second-placed Gauteng North could force a draw with Province if they won both their matches and the Cape side faltered.

But while the Northerns team hoped that either Border or Boland would present a potential speed hump, the Western Province players saved their best for last.

The eight-man side sparked to life in the home stretch of their title hunt, casting both opponents side with another imperious performance.

Province came out firing against Border, losing one match and halving another to blast to a 10-5 - 1.5 victory. While their match against Boland went down the wire, the Province players underlined their tenacity in a closely fought contest to wrap up a 6.5 - 5.5 victory and claim the spoils. They finished two points clear of Gauteng North, on 20 points overall.

“It’s an incredible moment for the whole squad,” said an elated manager Peter Little.

“We worked exceptionally hard for this win, right down to the last game in the last match. We never took anything for granted. Like I’ve said all week, we are a team that bats from one to eight; there are no superstars, the whole team contributed and that’s why we pulled it through.”

Northerns brushed Southern Cape aside for a 7.5 - 4.5 win but a very spirited Ekurhuleni side forced them to a 6-all draw and limited their final tally to 18 points.

Meanwhile Central Gauteng beat KwaZulu-Natal 7 - 5 and Limpopo 8 – 4 to tie Northerns for second place, but Central was forced to third after losing on the games count by a slender 3.5.

Since junior golf now also falls under the auspices of the South African Golf Association, this year marked the last time that all the teams competed at equal footing.

Next year’s Junior IPT will be played to the same format as the SA IPT, Mid-Amateur IPT and Senior IPT, with six teams in the A-Division and seven in the B-Division and Eastern Province also pulled out all the stops against their two final round opponents to avoid the bottom half.

The Bay side claimed a 7.5 – 5.5 victory over Mpumalanga and snuck past North West 7 - 5 to launch from eighth to fourth on the final log with 15 points.

Ekurhuleni was equally efficient against Southern Cape and steamrolled past the Garden Route side to win 11-1 and secure their A-Division status with 13 points and the fifth spot in the final log.

First round leaders KwaZulu-Natal rebounded to hold off North West and clinch the final A-Section spot with a convincing 9.5 – 2.5 victory over Limpopo.

After losing to Boland’s Henri van der Walt, Western Province number one Dylan Raubenheimer badly wanted to win his match against Border’s Andre Nel.

His match against Ekurhuleni’s Francois Kruger went the distance but, as it turned out, the halve he managed to force was the just enough to win Most Valuable Player of the tournament honours.

“Dylan really brought his A-game and contributed 19.5 points for the team,” said Little.

“It was an incredible performance and an honour he really richly deserved. Josh de Klerk, Ian Snyman and Gideon van der Vyver placed ninth, 10th and 11threspectively. With that kind of firing power, it was always going to be a tall task for the rest of the teams to hold them back this week.”


FINAL ROUND SCORES

Western Province 6.5 vs Boland 5.5

Western Province 10.5 vs Border 1.5

Gauteng North 6 vs Ekurhuleni 6

Gauteng North 7.5 vs Southern Cape 4.5

Ekurhuleni 11 vs Southern Cape 1

KwaZulu-Natal 9.5 vs Limpopo 2.5

Central Gauteng 7 vs KwaZulu-Natal 5

Central Gauteng 8 vs Limpopo 4

Eastern Province 7.5 vs Mpumalanga 4.5

Eastern Province 7 vs North West 5

North West 8 vs Mpumalanga 4

Eastern Province 9 vs Free State & Northern Cape 3

Mpumalanga 7.5 vs Free State & Northern Cape 4.5

North West 8.5 vs Free State & Northern Cape 3.5

Boland 7.5 vs Border 4.5

FINAL LOG

(Position, Union, Played, Won, Draw, Lost, Points, Games)

1 Western Province (12, 10, 0, 2, 20, 95.5)

2 Gauteng North (12, 8, 2, 2, 18, 86)

3 Central Gauteng (12, 9, 0, 3, 18, 82.5)

4 Eastern Province (12, 7, 1, 4, 15, 81.5)

5 Ekurhuleni (12, 6, 1, 5, 13, 83)

6 KwaZulu-Natal (12, 6, 0, 6, 12, 72.5)

7 North West (12, 5, 1, 6, 11, 74.5)

8 Boland (12, 5, 0, 7, 10, 70)

9 Free State & Northern Cape (12, 5, 0, 7, 10, 63.5)

10 Southern Cape (12, 5, 0, 7, 10, 59.5)

11 Limpopo (12, 4, 0, 8, 8, 64.5)

12 Mpumalanga (12, 4, 0, 8, 8, 55.5)

13 Border (12, 1, 1, 10, 3, 47.5)

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