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◀ 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.


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).

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