BREAK A LONG DROUGHT
Western Province end Gauteng North’s reign and claim their first women’s Pick n Pay Interprovincial title in 15 years.
THERE WAS A DRAMATIC finish to the 54th Women’s Interprovincial at Royal Cape, our oldest golf club, in the centenary year of Women’s Golf South Africa.
After 11 straight years of victories from either Gauteng North or Gauteng, hosts Western Province reclaimed the title for the first time since 1999. The outcome came down to the very last putt of their week.
Gauteng North had won the last seven IPTs and Gauteng the four before that, and it looked likely that one of them would triumph again at Royal Cape. The Gauteng team topped the strokeplay qualifying rounds for the Jean Tindall Trophy at the beginning of the week, by five shots from Gauteng North, with Gauteng B third and WP fourth. These four teams made up the A1 section. Gauteng North’s Danielle du Toit had taken individual honours with 72-72.
However, the matchplay proved a different scenario. The Province girls thumped Gauteng 6-3 in the first round, and Gauteng North 5-4 the next day, when the locals won four of the five singles. This was the first time anyone had beaten the Daisies since the 2006 tournament at Germiston, when they had lost to Boland.
Province now needed just a half on the final day against Gauteng B, ostensibly their easiest match of the week, to make sure of the trophy, whatever the result of the other match being played behind them. WP won the foursomes 2-1, but then the
nerves set in. Gauteng B won three singles to tie the match at 4-4, which left Province’s title hopes resting on the shoulders of their captain and No 1 Cara Gorlei, the SA Girls champion. The 18-yearold from Milnerton was two up with three to play, but lost 16 and 17 against Woo-Ju Son.
On the 18th Gorlei put her tee shot in a fairway bunker and her recovery finished 40 metres short of the green. She hit a superb pitch shot six feet behind the hole, and when Son missed her birdie putt, Gorlei had the par putt to halve the match and win the IPT. To the delight of an anxious home crowd, she holed out with confidence, and her screaming teammates raced on to the green for the biggest celebration of a halved match in memory.
“I struggled all day, but just hung in there,” said Gorlei. “The final putt was a right-to-left six-footer and I struck it perfectly. It was brilliant because I was putting for the whole province with that one!”
Amy Henning and Sam Barber were Province’s MVPs for the week, winning 5 out of 6 points (Barber had three singles wins). Gorlei earned 4½ points, Zayb Fredericks 4, while Amy Lawrence and Jade Gray were the other team members.
Boland completed a Western Cape double with three victories to win Section A2, while Border made history by winning IPT silverware for the first time. Border beat WP B 5-1 and Eastern Province 5½-½ before a final day half with North West earned them Section B1 honours and promotion for 2015. Demi Flanagan was Border’s MVP with 5 out of 6 points, Siviwe Duma won 4½, Zethu Myeki 4 and Yolanda Duma 3½.
Western Province, from back left: Sarah Braude ( WP
president), Sam Barber, Cara Gorlei (captain) and
Anne Roos ( manager). Front: Nadia Lawrence, Jade Gray, Zayb Fredericks and
B1 champions Border. From left: Siviwe Duma, Yolanda Duma, Millie Zim ( manager), Demi Flanagan and Zethu
WP team members celebrate
Gorlei’s winning effort.