KZN end long drought at Country Districts
KwaZulu-Natal emerged from the wilderness at the SA Country Districts tournament to reclaim the Dewar Challenge Shield for the first time since 2009.After spending the last three years in the B section, Corne van Deventer’s team used home course advantage to edge defending champions North West on a games countout in a tense final day at San Lameer Country Club.
The tournament was marred by wet weather on the South Coast which prevented any play the first two days, but the full programme was completed through doing away with the foursomes until the final day. KZN lost to North West in their opening match, but won the other three, while North West surprisingly lost to Boland, who were relegated. Each finished with six log points, but KZN had 28 game points to North West’s 26.
KZN retained five players who took the team back to the A section at Nelspruit last year, and Derek Scullard (Kwambonambi), Koenie Erasmus (Umhlali) and Jens Hillerman (Noodsberg) were the top performers, unbeaten in singles.The other team members wereVan Deventer, Ryno Crous, Graham Fabricius, Sean Baker and Thomas Lovett.
North West, after winning the B section in 2012, and then the Dewar for the first time in 2013, have had a great six-year run in the SACD, never worse than second, with 20 wins, three defeat sand two halves. Al dr eT er blanc he, Andre van Dyk and Jo hanK ru gel were all at the top of the MVP list.
Limpopo won the B section (the last time was 2009) with four wins, and their team comprised Jay van der Walt, Morne Myburgh (who headed the MVP list), Peter Masehela, Anthony Hawken, Pieter Peens, Franco Putter, Edwin Mackays and Malebana Pataki.
The winning KZN Country Districts team. Back row, from left, Koenie Erasmus, Corne van Deventer (captain), Ryno Crous, Graham Fabricius and Wynand de Swardt (manager). Front row, Thomas Lovett, Sean Baker, Derek Scullard and Jens Hillerman.