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Southern Cape fires at SA Mid-Am IPT

11 Oct 2016

Southern Cape’s Ivan Williams; credit Shannon Bright.

Free State edged Mpumalanga for the top spot in the standings, but Southern Cape went on a winning spree to get within striking distance of the log leaders on day two of the South African Mid-Amateur Inter-Provincial at Rustenburg Golf Club on Tuesday.

Free State scored a narrow 6.5 – 5.5 victory over Border to ease into the number one spot, but Southern Cape are hot on their heels.

After an A-Section victory at the Premier SA IPT and a B-Section promotion at the SA Women’s IPT recently, Southern Cape was devastated to start the SA Mid-Amateur on a loss and the Garden Route side came out guns blazing to defeat Limpopo and Northern Cape 8.5 – 3.5.

They burst from the blocks to lead Northern Cape 3.5 – 0.5 and Limpopo 3 – 1 in the foursomes and continued the pounding in the singles.

Heinrich Frylinck beat Pieter Marais from Northern Cape 5 & 4 and pummelled Shaun Chandler 8 & 7 to get the ball rolling and Werner Welgemoed, Henk Geldenhuys and Nicholas Mitchell followed suit to pile on double points against their opponents.

Ivan Williams – the most valued player at the SA IPT – drove the last nail into Northern Cape’s coffin, while Ivan Norgarb beat Thabo Shingange 5 & 4 and Stafie Barnard halved with Neil Rathmann to put the final points on Southern Cape’s scorecard against Limpopo.

But while Limpopo went down in one match, the side showed great spunk in their second clash to mow down Northern Cape 7 – 5.

Southern Cape will have another chance to strengthen their bid for promotion against in-form Mpumalanga, while Northern Cape has two chances to get off the last spot in the standings in their three-way clash against Boland and Border on Wednesday.

Southern Cape 8.5 vs Limpopo 3.5
Limpopo 7.0 vs Northern Cape 5.0
Southern Cape 8.5 vs Northern Cape 3.5
Free State 6.5 vs Border 5.5

(Pos-Union-Played-Won-Drawn-Lost-Points-Matches won)
1 Free State (3, 2, 1, 0, 5, 19)
2 Southern Cape (4, 2, 0, 2, 4, 27)
3 Mpumalanga (2, 2, 0, 0, 4, 20.5)
4 Boland (2, 1, 1, 0, 3, 13.5)
5 Limpopo (4, 1, 0, 3, 2, 16)
6 Border (3, 1, 0, 2, 2, 15.5)
7 Northern Cape (2, 0, 0, 2, 0, 8.5)

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

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