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Proteas dominate day one of Friendship Cup

22 Oct 2012

Mid-Amateurs Andrew Dodds and Werner Lassen saved Namibia from a complete whitewash against the Proteas in the first round of the Friendship Cup at Roodepoort Golf Club on Monday.

South Africa won the inaugural tournament 14-4 at Windhoek Country Club last year and launched their title defence with solid performance to mount an almost overwhelming 8½ - ½ point lead into the final round of the 36-hole Test on Tuesday.

SA Mid-Amateur Stroke Play champion Neil Homann and Steven Williams handed Rocco Viljoen and Hafeni Nghiwaanami a 6&5 drumming, while Kevin Sharp and skipper Josef Fourie beat Morne Roux and Marc Gregan 1-up.

Although the final Namibian pair halved their foursomes match against Graeme Watson and Tyrol Auret for a valuable half point, the hosts crushed the visitors in the afternoon singles.

“Joseph and Kevin were four down through six holes in the foursomes and did exceptionally well make up the deficit and birdie the last hole for the win and that solid lead in the foursomes was all the motivation the team needed,” said Andre Pieterse, president of the South African Golf Association and also the team manager.

“Once we went into the singles, the guys just never let up. They really fired on all cylinders and delivered a spectacular performance. From first to sixth, everyone played outstanding golf and they played for each other.

“I have no doubt that the team will bring that same intensity to the course on Tuesday.”

FOURSOME RESULTS

Kevin Sharp / Josef Fourie beat Morne Roux / Marc Gregan 1-up

Neil Homann / Steven Williams beat Rocco Viljoen / Hafeni Nghiwaanami 6&5

Graeme Watson / Tyrol Auret halved Andrew Dodds / Werner Lassen

SINGLE RESULTS

Kevin Sharp beat Morne Roux 5&4

Josef Fourie beat Marc Gregan 6&5

Steven Williams beat Rocco Viljoen 8&7

Neil Homann beat Hafeni Nghiwaanami 7&6

Tyrol Auret beat Andrew Dodds 2&1

Graeme Watson beat Werner Lassen 4&3

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