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.

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Amateur Scene -

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

Amy Hen­ning.

B1 cham­pi­ons Bor­der. From left: Siviwe Duma, Yolanda Duma, Mil­lie Zim ( man­ager), Demi Flana­gan and Zethu

Myeki (cap­tain).

WP team mem­bers cel­e­brate

Gor­lei’s win­ning ef­fort.

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