◀ Prince’s Grant Invitational, Prince’s Grant Estate SCORES: 71-70-71-73 (285) RUNNER-UP: Matt Saulez 70-70-71-77 (288) HOW HE DID IT: The 23-year-old le-hander from Port Elizabeth, who returned home last year from Lamar University in Texas, won for the first time since the 2011 Eastern Province Amateur. Jerling was the only player in the 42-man field to finish under par, managing the windy conditions best. NOTABLE: Prince’s Grant showed its strength as a championship layout with just four sub-par rounds over the final 36 holes: Aubrey Beckley (70), Jerling and Saulez (71) in round three, and defending champion Andrew van der Knaap (70) in the final round. Only six players bettered 300 for the 72 holes.
◀ KZN STROKEPLAY, San Lameer CC SCORES: 69-66 (135) RUNNERS-UP: David Meyers 68-70; Tristen Strydom 69-69 (138) HOW HE DID IT: The 20-year-old from Krugersdorp closed with a sparkling nine-birdie 66 to win his first provincial tournament. With the event shortened to 36 holes due to bad weather, De Smidt made 15 birdies and an eagle to win by three. He also had a quadruple bogey 9 at the par-5 13th in round one. NOTABLE: The KZN Golf Union can’t win with the weather no matter when the KZN Strokeplay is played. The tournament was moved on the schedule last year from January to May in the hope that it would be less affected by poor weather.
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BULLS SCRAPE HOME For the second straight year a games count was needed to determine the winners of the Challenge Interprovincial at Parkview in Johannesburg. Gauteng North’s final day 6½-5½ win over the Presidents Team was enough to edge Central Gauteng by half a game. The Bulls won three matches and halved two. Last year at Milnerton five of the six teams finished on six points, with the SA Juniors winning on a games count.
It was Gauteng North’s first Challenge win in five years. Their team team comprised Estiaan Conradie, Ruan Conradie, Richard Joubert, Sentanio Minnie, Philip Kruse, Keegan McLachlan, Christopher van der Merwe and Albert Venter.
The tournament MVP was Central Gauteng’s Cameron Moralee. He earned 9 out of 10 points with five singles wins. FINAL STANDINGS 1 Gauteng North 8 (35½); 2 Central Gauteng 8 (35); 3 SA Juniors 7 (35); 4 SA Universities (27); 5 Presidents 2 (28½); 6 Western Province 2 (19).