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Main contenders push ahead at Westlake

24 Sep 2014

Western Province’s Cameron Johnston; credit Action-Pix Events Photography.

Western Province is on the attack, log leaders Central Gauteng are in the driver’s seat and Ekurhuleni fought back to tie Boland as the third round A-Section Foursomes wrapped up at the 54th South African Inter-Provincial, sponsored by Tempest, on Wednesday.

After a first round loss to Central Gauteng, Western Province got their groove back against Ekurhuleni in round two and is hunting back-to-back success against Southern Cape at Westlake Golf Club.

The host union won three of the games to forge 3-1 ahead to take a two point lead into the Singles.

Cameron Johnston and Ian Snyman hammered Ivan Williams and Henk Geldenhuys 6&5 to draw first blood, but Staffie Barnard and Jacques Cloete squared the match with a 3&1 win over Province skipper, Werner Theart and Drew Denyer.

Aaron Russell and Luke Trocado downed Nicholas Mitchell and Jovan Rebula 2-up to put Province 2-1 ahead and the final pairing of Gerlou Roux and Altin van der Merwe sealed the advantage when they defeated Breyten Meyer and Jade Buitendag 2-up.

“The guys gave us the solid start we need today, because this is a must-win day for us,” said manager Henk Smit. “The last game was very tight and went all the way to the 18th, but Altin knocked in a 20-footer for birdie to give us a nice cushion to take into the Singles.”

Boland claimed the first and squared games the second against Ekurhuleni.

Ekurhuleni won the third game to take a one point edge and finished the Foursomes with 2.5 points after Tristen Strydom and Paul Boshoff wrapped up a 1-up win in the final game.

In the final match, Central Gauteng leads Gauteng North by three points.

Christoff Els and Leon Scheepers raised half a point when they squared the first game against Andi Dill and Gareth Clements and the defending champions will have to pull out all the stops in the Singles to deflect a third successive loss.

A-DIVISION FOURSOMES RESULT – Round Two

Western Province 3.0 vs Southern Cape 1.0
Cameron Johnston / Ian Snyman beat Ivan Williams / Henk Geldenhuys 6 & 5;
Werner Theart / Drew Denyer lost to Staffie Barnard / Jacques Cloete 3 & 2;
Aaron Russell / Luke Trocado beat Nicholas Mitchell / Jovan Rebula 3 & 2;
Gerlou Roux / Altin van der Merwe beat Breyten Meyer / Jade Buitendag 2Up;

Ekurhuleni 2.5 vs Boland 1.5
Bryce McCabe / Teagan Moore lost to Philip Spies / Meyer Pauw 2 & 1;
NJ Arnoldi / Jason Froneman halved with Jaco Spies / Herman Loubser;
Angus Ellis-Cole / Stefan Cronje beat Karl Ochse / Jacques de Villiers 2 & 1;
Tristen Strydom / Paul Boshoff beat Armandt Scholtz / Trevor Mahoney 1Up;

Gauteng North 0.5 vs Central Gauteng 3.5
Christoff Els / Leon Scheepers halved with Gareth Clements / Dill;
Philip Kruse / Keegan de Lange lost to Marco Steyn / Meyers 4 & 3;
Hendrikus Stoop / Andrew van der Knaap lost to Michael Dixon / Darin de Smidt 4 & 3;
Teaghan Gauche / Jason Smith lost to Louis Taylor / Matthew Spacey 3 & 2;

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of the South African Golf Association.

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