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Ekurhuleni claims first blood at SA U23 IPT

15 Apr 2013

Ekurhuleni caused the first major upset at this year’s South African U23 Inter-Provincial when they defeated defending champions Central Gauteng in the first round played at Nelspruit Golf Club on Monday.

Although the two teams were level at 2-all after the foursomes, the Ekurhuleni side took control in the singles, winning five of the eight games to beat their opponents 7-5.

Central Gauteng’s Matthew Kiewitz scored the first point when he downed Aaron Krishna 6/5 in the first game, but Angus Ellis-Cole got Ekurhuleni’s winning run going with a 1-up victory over Rudi Armstrong.

More Central Gauteng players tumbled to Mpho Mafishe, who beat C. Caldeira 6/5 and Kyle McClatchie, a recent semi-finalist in the SA Boys Championship, who defeated Dean Martin 1-up.

Last year’s Glacier Junior Series champion, Jason Froneman, added another point when he knocked out David Meyers 4/3 and Border/EP Stroke Play champion Christiaan Bezuidenhout claimed their seventh point when he defeated Central Gauteng number one, Darrin de Smidt 3/2.

In the other A-Section matches, Gauteng North claimed an 8.5 – 3.5 victory over the Western Province, while Southern Cape and Limpopo halved on 6-all.

The North West Province, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal emerged victorious on day one in the B-Section, with North defeating Free State & Northern Cape 9-3, Mpumalanga beating Boland 8-4 and the Eastern Province going down to KwaZulu-Natal 6.5 – 5.5.

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Border/EP Stroke Play champion Christiaan Bezuidenhout claimed Ekurhuleni's seventh point when he defeated Central Gauteng number one, Darrin de Smidt 3/2 in the first round of the SA U23 IPT; credit Dale Boyce. (jpg - 16 kb)

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