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Southern Cape makes flying start in Worcester

14 Dec 2015

The Southern Cape team at the 2015 SA U-19 IPT; credit Roger Wessels

Southern Cape showed some impressive form in their opening gambit to surge to the top of the log at the 2015 South African U-19 Inter-Provincial after defeating Ekurhuleni 8 – 4 and KwaZulu-Natal 8.5 – 3.5 at Worcester Golf Club on Monday.

The Garden Route team made a superb start to lead Ekurhuleni 3.5 – 0.5 and KwaZulu-Natal 2.5 – 1.5 in the Foursomes. Julien Sale won 6 & 4 and Caylum Boone 5 & 4 to set the tone for Southern Cape in the Singles against Ekurhuleni, while Alan Lones claimed first blood for the team against Kwazulu-Natal.

“I asked the lads to give us a strong start and they really delivered,” said manager Roger Wessels.

“They played high quality golf, which was really remarkable given that most of them have been sitting exams and haven’t had a lot of competitive rounds coming into the championship.

“We have quite a bit of experience with some players making a third or fourth appearance and Jovan Rebula playing his sixth SA U-19 IPT. That experience definitely came through, especially Julien, Caylum and Jovan, who all won at their last holes.

“I was also really impressed by our youngest player, 13-year-old Martin Vorster. This is his first SA U-19 IPT and he played a champion’s innings under huge pressure. Martin was four down with five to play against KwaZulu-Natal, but he rallied to halve his game.

“The team spirit is really fantastic among the players and I was inspired by their tenacity and commitment.”

Meanwhile Western Province eked out a 6.5 – 5.5 win against Central Gauteng, but failed to take control of their match against Gauteng North. The defending champions had to settle for second on the log after the two teams drew 6-all.

Gauteng North edged into third place in the log on games points after squaring against Central Gauteng, while Ekurhuleni slipped into fourth place after defeating KwaZulu-Natal 6.5 – 5.5.

Western Province 6 vs Gauteng North 6
Gauteng North 6 vs Central Gauteng 6
Western Province 6.5 vs Central Gauteng 5.5
KwaZulu-Natal 5.5 vs Ekurhuleni 6.5
Ekurhuleni 4 vs Southern Cape 8
KwaZulu-Natal 3.5 vs Southern Cape 8.5

(Pos-Union-Played-Won-Drawn-Lost-Points-Matches won)
1 Southern Cape (2, 2, 0, 0, 4, 16.5)
2 Western Province (2, 1, 1, 0, 3, 12.5)
3 Gauteng North (2, 0, 2, 0, 2, 12.0)
4 Ekurhuleni (2, 1, 0, 1, 2, 10.5)
5 Central Gauteng (2, 0, 1, 1, 1, 11.5)
6 KwaZulu-Natal (2, 0, 0, 2, 0, 9.0)

To view the scores and tee times, click HERE

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

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