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Mixed results in first round morning foursomes at SA IPT

19 Sep 2011

KwaZulu-Natal captain Ryan de Beer

The first round of morning foursomes at the 51st South African Inter-Provincial delivered some surprising results at Bloemfontein Golf Club.

KwaZulu-Natal gained a solid edge over Southern Cape, Boland is in the driver’s seat against Central Gauteng while the tournament favourites Western Province and Gauteng North will start the afternoon session at 2-all.

Dylan Raubenheimer and captain Werner Theart scored the first scalp for Province at Bloemfontein Golf Club with a 3&1 win over Pedrie Oosthuizen and Zander Lombard, but Coenie Bester and Jacques van Tonder evened matters, taking a 2&1 victory over rookie Delin Erasmus and Jean-Paul Strydom.

Brandon Stone and Conway Kunneke gave Gauteng North a 2-1 edge when they beat Lean Boezaart and MG Keyser but Le Riche Ehlers and Justin Turner cut their advantage to all square, beating Herman Minnie and Hendre Celliers 2&1.

Jacques Cloete and Ivan Williams put Southern Cape ahead when they beat Elton James and Christiaan van der Merwe 3&2, but the KwaZulu-Natal side hit back with two successive wins for a 2-1 lead.

After a stressful weekend waiting for a replacement driver, South African Amateur Stroke Play champion Jared Harvey used his new club to great effect to partner Michael Hollick to a 5&4 victory over Matthew Sutherland and Breyten Meyer to put the 2010 champions 3-1 ahead.

Mark Mahoney and Karl Ocshe won Boland’s first match against Central Gauteng’s Damian Naicker and Muzi Nethunzwi 3&2 and the 2008 champions when 2-up when Anton Oosthuizen and Phillip Spies beat Michael Dixon and Callum Mowat 2&1.

With the other two games squared, Boland take a three point lead into the singles.

Moving to the B-Section, host province Free State and Northern Cape are 3½ up on Ekurhuleni and all square with Limpopo, while Ekurhuleni and Limpopo are also even at 2-all.

The Eastern Province enjoyed a 4-0 whitewash against Border and lead North West 2½-1½, while Border managed to win two of their games and halved a third against North West to lead 2½-1½.

ROUND ONE MORNING FOURSOME RESULTS:

A SECTION

Western Province 2 – Gauteng North 2

KwaZulu Natal 3 - Southern Cape 1

Boland 3 - Central Gauteng 1

B SECTION

Free State 3½ - Ekurhuleni ½

Free State 2 – Limpopo 2

Limpopo 2 – Ekurhuleni 2

Eastern Province 4 – Border 0

Eastern Province 2½ - North West 1½

Border 2½ - North West 1½

Mpumalanga – Bye

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