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Proteas retain Friendship Cup

23 Oct 2012

The victorious SA Mid-Amateur team that successfully defended their Friendship Cup title  against Namibia with a runaway 17-1 win at Roodepoort Country Club

The South African Mid-Amateur team successfully defended their Friendship Cup title with a runaway victory over Namibia at Roodepoort Golf Club on Tuesday. The Proteas, who took an 8½ - ½ point lead into the second round,  scored another 8 ½ points against the visitors to finish the two-day test with a 17-1 winning total.

Free State & Northern Cape’s Josef Fourie was delighted to captain the South Africans to a second successive victory.

“I asked the guys to me everything they had and they certainly didn’t disappoint,” said Fourie. “They boys played like winners from the word go. I have to compliment every player for the spirit and determination they showed in bringing home the victory.”

The Proteas took a 3-1 lead into the singles after winning all three foursomes matches and kept

up the pressure to win the first seven singles. Only the final match between the country’s number one ranked mid-amateur, Graeme Watson and Morne Roux, ended in a draw.

“We were definitely handed a drumming here at Roodepoort, but despite our loss, we have enjoyed an incredible experience,” said Namibian skipper, Werner Lassen.

“The standard of mid-amateur golf in South Africa is incredibly high, even more so than when they beat us 14-4 last year in Windhoek. It has been a lot of fun watching the battles unfold over the last two days and a really good learning experience for us.

“I also just have to thank the team and Andre Pieterse for the incredible hospitality they have shown us during our stay. We really look forward to hosting the Proteas at Omeya Country Club next year and hopefully stop them from scoring a hat-trick.”

The Proteas had the great chance to fine-tune their games during the recent SA Mid-Amateur Inter-Provincial and Pieterse, the South African Golf Association president and team manager, said that certainly help the players to prepare for the Test.

“All six players came into the Test ready and prepared, but I was especially impressed by the determination they showed as a team,” he said. “Every player gave an excellent account of himself and the matches were played in a great spirit of sportsmanship.

“We look forward to taking on Namibia at home next year and hopefully win three in a row.”

FOURSOME RESULTS

Steven Williams / Kevin Sharp beat Andrew Dodds / Werner Lassen 2&1

Josef Fourie / Tyrol Auret beat Rocco Viljoen / Hafeni Nghiwaanami 6&5

Neil Homann / Graeme Watson beat Morne Roux / Marc Gregan 4&3

SINGLE RESULTS

Josef Fourie beat Werner Lassen 2&1

Kevin Sharp beat Andrew Dodds 1-Up

Steven Williams beat Hafeni Nghiwaanami 7&6

Neil Homann beat Rocco Viljoen 3&2

Tyrol Auret beat Marc Gregan 1-Up

Graeme Watson halved Morne Roux

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