KZN finally emerge from 3 years in the B section.
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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