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Central, Ekurhuleni on track at SA Mid-Amateur IPT

09 Oct 2012

Free State & Northern Cape players Johan Groenewald and Kobus Moolman during the SA Mid-Amateur Inter-Provincial at Schoeman Park in Bloemfontein; credit Golf Rule Africa

Central Gauteng and Ekurhuleni continued their winning run at the South African Mid-Amateur Inter-Provincial, while the Western Province got a lucky weather break to secure their first win in today’s second round at Schoeman Park in Bloemfontein.

The Western Province took a healthy 3-1 lead over KwaZulu-Natal into the singles, but the defending champions fought back to close the gap before play was suspended due to inclement weather.

Province manager Eric Lefson said before the break the sides were looking at a 6-all result.

“We are all squared, and if the siren had sounded 10 minutes earlier, we could even have lost by one but Jerry Coetzee missed a three-foot putt at the 16th that let us back into the match,” Lefson explained. “That gap gave our guys the momentum to finish the match 7-5 in our favour.

“After our first round loss to Ekurhuleni we had to win this match to have any chance of challenging for the title. It was a nail-biting finish, but at least we are in with a chance now.”

KZN manager Neil Campion said his team put the loss aside and is already focussing on their next opponents.

“What counts is that we were 3-1 down but we fought back to square most of our singles and that is what counts,” he said. “Eric and I both agreed that it was some of the best golf we’ve watched at this level, but in this format, things can change quickly. That is what happened to us against Western Province and now we have a win, a loss and three rounds to play. You can only focus on the things you can control, so we don’t look back; we look ahead to the next three rounds.”

In their match against the Eastern Province, Central Gauteng dominated their foursomes and stretched a 3½ - ½ lead to a 10-2 victory in the singles.

EP manager Barry Snyman said that, despite their loss, the team performed better overall.

“The results don’t really reflect how much better the guys performed in the second round,” Snyman explained. “The games were a lot closer, especially in the foursomes and the guys held their ground in the singles until the suspension of play.

“I felt that they lost their momentum due to the delay. They didn’t come back as focussed and they let Central take command. Still, it’s a wonderful learning curve for us to play in the A-section and our focus now is to make sure we win enough games to avoid relegation.”

Ekurhuleni, the champions in 2010, were 2½ - 1½ down after the foursomes, but clawed back to take control in the singles against Boland. They led in six games when play was suspended at 14h15.

“The Boland players came at us guns blazing when play resumed and the momentum swung their way again,” said manager Martin Saaiman. “Our guys scrambled exceptionally well to give us a 6½ - 5½ win and I think it was a good exercise ahead of our match against Central Gauteng on Wednesday. That’s going to be our toughest match yet.”

The North West Province joined the B-Section action after a first round bye and came away with a win and a loss a piece after beating Mpumalanga 8-4, but losing to Gauteng North 7-5.

Meanwhile Mpumalanga bagged their second win when they edged out Gauteng North 6½ - 5½, but manager Graeme Morrison said the match went down to the wire in the final game between Eddie Daniels and Gauteng North’s Pieter Cooper.

“Eddie managed to square his game at the last to give us that half point we needed for the win,” he said. “It was a great contest, though, and the win still leaves us in the fight for promotion. We will be looking for a good result against Border on Wednesday to really put ourselves in the contest.”

In the final B-Section match, hosts Free State & Northern Cape romped to a 9-3 win against Limpopo.

SECOND ROUND RESULTS

A-Section

Ekurhuleni beat Boland 6½ - 5½

Western Province beat KwaZulu-Natal 7-5

Central Gauteng beat Eastern Province 10-2

B-Section

Mpumalanga beat Gauteng North 6½-5½

North West Province beat Mpumalanga 8-4

Gauteng North beat North West Province 7-5

Free State & Northern Cape beat Limpopo 9-3

 

A-SECTION LOG

1. Central Gauteng (4 points; 17 games)

2. Ekurhuleni (4 points; 15.5 games

3. KwaZulu-Natal (2 points; 14 games)

4. Western Province (2 points; 10 games)

5. Boland (0 points; 10.5 games)

6. Eastern Province (0 points; 5 games)

B-SECTION LOG

1. Free State & Northern Cape (5 points; 23 games)

2. Mpumalanga (4 points; 22.5 games)

3. Border (3 points; 12.5 games)

4. Gauteng North (2 points; 12 games)

5. Limpopo  (2 points; 14 games)

6. Southern Cape (2 points; 13 games)

6. North West Province (2 points; 13 games)

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