KZN fi­nally emerge from 3 years in the B sec­tion.

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Amateur Scene -

The win­ning KZN team. ow­er­ing their way back into the A sec­tion at Fish River Sun was the KwaZulu-Na­tal team. Their six straight vic­to­ries gave them the B sec­tion ti­tle over hosts East­ern Prov­ince. KZN had spent three years in the lower di­vi­sion fol­low­ing rel­e­ga­tion at Rusten­burg in 2013.They won 15 out of 17 matches in the B sec­tion, yet it took a 100 per­cent record this time for them to es­cape.

And a gritty per­for­mance from the KZN play­ers on the fi­nal day se­cured pro­mo­tion, as they edged past EP with the nar­row­est of vic­to­ries.The sin­gles were halved 4-4, so KZN’s ad­van­tage in the four­somes proved cru­cial. KZN were be­holden to two ex­cep­tional four­somes pair­ings.Team cap­tain Gavin Sole and Louis Al­bertse won all six of their matches, while Clay­ton Mans­field and Mal­colm Mitchell won five and halved one. Al­bertse, Mans­field and Mitchell shared MVP hon­ours in the B sec­tion, with 11 points each out of 12, while the veteran Sole was fourth was 10½ points.

“Words can­not de­scribe how proud I am of this team,” said man­ager Ivan Curlewis, the most capped KZN player at the IPT, “be­cause it’s been a long fight back since our rel­e­ga­tion three years ago.When we nar­rowly missed out on pro­mo­tion at Glen­dower last year it was a hard pill to swal­low, but the team came back from that dis­ap­point­ment and showed a lot of char­ac­ter this year. Gavin led the team bril­liantly while play­ing his heart out.

“I am proud of the spirit with which our play­ers con­tested this cham­pi­onship. Ev­ery one fought un­til the last putt in ev­ery match.”

The other team mem­bers were Greg McKay, Matt Saulez, Ja­son Broom­head and Siyanda Mwandla.



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