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Winning start for Province at Inter-Provincial

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Western Province and Central Gauteng threw down the gauntlet on Monday, while the Eastern Province and Southern Cape teams got their promotion campaigns off to a flying start in the South African Mid-Amateur Inter-Provincial at Oubaai Golf Club.

A-SECTION

Western Province made their intentions clear with a stirring start in the foursomes and rode a substantial advantage home in the singles against KwaZulu-Natal and North West.

The defending champions lost just half a point to KwaZulu-Natal in the foursomes and scored a clean sweep against North West to lay the groundwork for two decisive victories.

Gerlou Roux, at number one, defeated Nico Fenner 7 & 6 to set the tone in the match against North West. Shaun le Roux, Cameron Johnston and Elton James ensured an 8-4 victory, while Roux, Johnston, Le Roux and Stefan Blommaert guaranteed the 7.5-4.5 victory over KwaZulu-Natal.

Central Gauteng also made an auspicious start, leading Ekurhuleni 3-1 and Gauteng North 2.5-1.5 in the foursomes.

Steve Williams and Ruan Botha scored early scalps and Wendell Bossenger and Kevin Sharp added two more points to boost Central Gauteng’s growing tally against 2014 champions Ekurhuleni. Dylan Keylock and Clifford Howes both halved for an 8-3 result.

Howes routed Gauteng North’s Alex van Heerden 5 & 3, Keylock mowed down Menno Malherbe by the same margin and Botha won 5 & 4 to keep Gauteng North on the back foot.

Williams, Wendell Bossinger and Ryan Dreyer added three more points. Gustav Verster denied Sharp with a birdie at the last to halve the game, but the writing was on the wall and Central celebrated a 9-3 win.

Ekurhuleni defeated Gauteng North 7-5 to stay in the running, and 2015 champions KwaZulu-Natal kept their title bid alive when they edged out North West 6.5-5.5.

Boland, who earned promotion in Rustenburg last year, had a first round bye.

B-SECTION

Itching to get back to the A-Section, Eastern Province rode a 3-1 lead in the foursomes to a convincing 9-3 victory over Northern Cape, but the Bay boys had to dig in their heels to defeat Free State 6.5-5.5.

After losing the foursomes 1-3, Free State rallied to win four singles. Johan Coetzer, Michael Holden and Dillon Germshuys got control back for Eastern Province and Ryno Ferreira halved his game against Jacques Schutte to avoid a draw.

Meanwhile Southern Cape handed Mpumalanga an 8.5-3.5 drubbing and moved down Limpopo 7 – 5 to tie Eastern Province for the top spot in the log on four points and 15.5 game points.

Free State got their revenge, routing Northern Cape 9-3 for two vital points and Mpumalanga downed Limpopo 7-5.

Border had a first round bye.

Picture of Roux in action courtesy of Ernest Blignault

A-SECTION
ROUND 1
Western Province 7.5 KwaZulu-Natal 4.5
Western Province 8 North West 4
KwaZulu-Natal 6.5 North West 5.5
Central Gauteng 8 Ekurhuleni 4
Central Gauteng 9 Gauteng North 3
Ekurhuleni 7 Gauteng North 5

LOG
(Pos-Union-Played-Won-Drawn-Lost-Points-Matches won)
1 Central Gauteng (2, 2, 0, 0, 4, 17)
2 Western Province (2, 2, 0, 0, 4, 15.5)
T3 KwaZulu-Natal (2, 1, 0, 1, 2, 11)
T3 Ekurhuleni (2, 1, 0, 1, 2, 11)
5 North West (2, 0, 0, 2, 0, 9.5)
6 Gauteng North (2, 0, 0, 2, 0, 8)

B-SECTION
ROUND 1

Eastern Province 9 Northern Cape 3
Eastern Province 6.5 Free State 5.5
Free State 9 Northern Cape 3
Mpumalanga 7 Limpopo 5
Southern Cape 8.5 Mpumalanga 3.5
Southern Cape 7 Limpopo 5

LOG
(Pos-Union-Played-Won-Drawn-Lost-Points-Matches won)
T1 Eastern Province (2, 2, 0, 0, 4, 15.5)
T1 Southern Cape (2, 2, 0, 0, 4, 15.5)
3 Free State (2, 1, 0, 1, 2, 14.5)
4 Mpumalanga (2, 1, 0, 1, 2, 10.5)
5 Limpopo (2, 0, 0, 2, 0, 10)
6 Northern Cape (2, 0, 0, 2, 0, 6)


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