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Gauteng North battle back for IPT draw

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Central Gauteng and Southern Cape’s first round clashes unfolded much the way one expected, but Gauteng North showed huge heart in the opening round of the 58th South African Inter-Provincial Tournament, sponsored by Tempest Car Hire, at Oubaai Golf Club on Monday.

The Daisies were on the back foot after KwaZulu-Natal scored a clean sweep in the foursomes and were down in most of their singles games after the first nine holes of the Ernie Els Signature Course.

Dino Capazario, Armand van Dyk, Christopher van der Merwe, skipper Jacques van Tonder, Stals Swart and Nicholaus Frade all found an extra gear to force the match into a 6-all draw.

Central Gauteng, meanwhile, stretched a 4-0 advantage to a 9.5-2.5 victory over Free State.

New cap Karabo Mokoena kept the defending champions on the attack when he downed No2 Therion Nel 4 & 2.

Debutants Reece Haikney, Cole Stevens and Keelan van Wyk reeled in three points and new cap Ruan Botha knocked out South Africa’s top-ranked Wilco Nienaber 1-up to push their tally to nine.

Paul Rodrigues and Carlos Laranja both scored for Free State and Franco Froneman birdied the final hole to halve with seasoned campaigner Ryan Dreyer.

Southern Cape took a 3-1 lead in the foursomes and walked off the course with a 7-5 result against Ekurhuleni after a great tussle in the singles.

Carlo Heunis made a fantastic start in his debut for the home union, beating Saul Moss 7 & 6, but Aneurin Gounden hit back for Ekurhuleni when he whipped Southern Cape No1 Christo Lamprecht by the same margin.

Ryan van Velzen, Brandon Gildenhuys and Jordan Burnand kept Ekurhuleni in the fight, but Hans-Jurie Human made sure the Garden Route side stayed ahead. Ben van Wyk and Martin Vorster sealed the two-point victory for Southern Cape.

Central Gauteng and Southern Cape both banked two points for their efforts, however, the defending champions moved into the No1 spot in the log with a 2.4 games point advantage. Gauteng North and KwaZulu-Natal share third with one point each.

Gauteng North face Central Gauteng on Tuesday, while Free State tackle Southern Cape in round two and Ekurhuleni go up against KwaZulu-Natal.

A SECTION RESULTS
ROUND 1
Central Gauteng 9.5 Free State 2.5
Southern Cape 7.0 Ekurhuleni 5.0
KwaZulu-Natal 6.0 Gauteng North 6.0

A SECTION LOG
(Pos-Union-Played-Won-Drawn-Lost-Points-Matches won)
1 Central Gauteng (1, 1, 0, 0, 2, 9.5)
2 Southern Cape (1, 1, 0, 0, 2, 7)
T3 KwaZulu-Natal (1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 6)
T3 Gauteng North (1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 6)
5 Ekurhuleni (1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 5)
6 Free State (1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 2.5)

Meanwhile, in the B Section, Boland had better watch out in round two, because North West are out for blood.

It’s been a long 14 years since North West were relegated at Mowbray Golf Club and after too many close calls, the team are determined to make it happen this year.

North West showed their intent in their opening salvo at Oubaai Golf Club on Monday when the team threw down the gauntlet with a strong start in the foursomes.

Leading Border 3.5-2.5 and Mpumalanga 3-0, Oliver Goldhill, Rigardt Albertse and Riaan Swart racked up six points with victories against both sides in the singles.

Christiaan Burke, playing at No1, beat Oswin Schlenkrich 3 & 2 and Herman Anderson halved against Chuma Adonis to deliver an 8-4 result against Border. Alex Pieterse beat Christo Peens to guarantee a 7-5 result against Mpumalanga.

The decisive start moved North West into second spot with four points in the B-Section standings.

With 15 games points in hand, they’re just two games points behind log-leaders Western Province, who are equally determined to win this year and reverse last year’s relegation.

The 2012 joint champions launched their campaign at the Ernie Els Signature Course by taking the fight to Boland and Eastern Province in their three-way match.

All square with Boland after the foursomes, Neswill Croy drew first blood when he beat LB Boshoff 5 & 3. Cameron Johnston, Tyran Snyders, Sam Simpson, skipper Luca Filippi and Deon Germishuys followed suit and secured an 8-4 result for Province.

The team started the singles against Eastern Province with a 4-0 lead and kept control as Croy, Johnston, Simpson, Filippi and Germishuys reeled in points to deliver a 9-3 win.

Boland banked two points with a 7.5-4.5 victory over Eastern Province and Mpumalanga exacted their revenge by beating Border 8.5-3.5.

B SECTION RESULTS
ROUND 1
Western Province 8.0 Boland 4.0
Western Province 9.0 Eastern Province 3.0
Boland 7.5 Eastern Province 4.5
Border 4.0 North West 8.0
North West 7.0 Mpumalanga 5.0
Border 3.5 Mpumalanga 8.5

B SECTION LOG
(Pos-Union-Played-Won-Drawn-Lost-Points-Matches won)
1 Western Province (2, 2, 0, 0, 4, 17)
2 North West (2, 2, 0, 0, 4, 15)
3 Mpumalanga (2, 1, 0, 1, 2, 13.5)
4 Boland (2, 1, 0, 1, 2, 11.5)
T5 Eastern Province (2, 0, 0, 2, 0, 7.5)
T5 Border (2, 0, 0, 2, 0, 7.5)

PHOTO: Gauteng North’s Nicholas Frade (main picture) and Oliver Goldhil (North West), by Ernest Blignault


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