CEN­TRAL GAUT­ENG WIN FI­NAL UN­DER-23 IPT

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Amateur Scene -

In a fit­ting end to the 45th and fi­nal Un­der23 In­ter­provin­cial, Cen­tral Gaut­eng com­pleted an un­beaten week at Coun­try Club Jo­han­nes­burg by edg­ing Ekurhu­leni for the ti­tle by half a point on a games count. The SAGA be­lieves the U-23 tour­na­ment no longer serves a mean­ing­ful pur­pose and it will be re­placed by an­other event.

Cen­tral and Ekurhu­leni out­played their four other A sec­tion op­po­nents on the Rock­lands course, and halved their own clash 6-6 on day three. Cen­tral led 3-1 in the four­somes, but Ekurhu­leni fought back with five sin­gles wins. There were two close matches on day four, with Ekurhu­leni beat­ing de­fend­ing champs Gaut­eng North 6½-5½ and Cen­tral edg­ing West­ern Prov­ince 7-5.

On the fi­nal day Ekurhu- leni thumped KZN 10-2, so Cen­tral needed to beat the Blue Bulls 9½-2½ for out­right victory. They did ex­actly that, first tak­ing a 3½-½ four­somes lead then win­ning six sin­gles, to lift the ti­tle for the 26th time. Lu­dovic Bax and Ja­son Ros­siter starred for Cen­tral, win­ning 8 out of 10 points, with Matthew Kiewitz, Kyle Barker, Ru­pert Kaminiski and Werner van Wyk earn­ing 7 points. Fritz Or­ren won 6½ and Ja­son Viljoen 6.

A Sec­tion MVP honours went to Gaut­eng North’s Ross­well Sin­clair with 9½ points. Sin­clair, Chris van Ton­der (Ekurhu­leni), Michael Sher­riff and Cole Cruick­shank (both WP) won five out of five sin­gles.

With no fu­ture tour­na­ment, win­ning the B sec­tion counted lit­tle for un­beaten South­ern Cape. The Gar­den Route team halved with Free State on open­ing day and then com­piled four com­fort­able wins. Their team com­prised Julien Sale (8 points), Cameron Mo­ralee, Franklin Manch­est, Alan Lones, Cay­lum Boon (7½), An­dre Nel (7), Ri­aan Groot­boom (4) and Hans-Jurie Hu­man (3).

MVP honours were shared by Sale and Therion Nel (Free State) with 8 points each.

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