RECORD ROMP FOR WESTERN PROV­INCE

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Ipt Review -

Western Prov­ince will re­turn to the A sec­tion next year, af­ter a romp to vic­tory in the B sec­tion at Oubaai.They were un­for­tu­nate to be rel­e­gated on points dif­fer­ence in 2017, and it cost them a se­ri­ous chal­lenge for the A sec­tion in con­di­tions where all their play­ers felt at home.

Field­ing a team with five new caps, they cruised through the B sec­tion pro­gramme with six straight wins, in­clud­ing 8-4 against Boland and 9-3 over East­ern Prov­ince, their clos­est ri­vals. Luca Filippi was top per­former with 11½ points out of 12, his only lapse be­ing a half in the sin­gles against Mpumalanga’s An­dre van Heer­den.

Vet­eran Cameron Johnston, mak­ing his 15th IPT ap­pear­ance for Prov­ince (seven win­ners medals), Deon Ger­mishuys and Neswill Croy earned the team 11 points apiece as Prov­ince com­piled a record to­tal of 56 points out of 72. Croy, 22, for­merly with Boland, won all six of his sin­gles on his de­but.The Prov­ince team in­cluded three rookie ju­niors in 17-year-old Tyran Sny­ders, who earned 10 points, and 16-year-olds Sam Simp­son (8½) and Ay­den Senger (6). The other team mem­ber was an­other ex-Bolan­der in Chris­tian Bas­son (7½).

Boland also had an im­pres­sive week, scor­ing 53 points and win­ning five games, with Ty­ron Davi­d­owitz, 19, from Her­manus, the B sec­tion MVP with a full house of 12 points. LB Boshoff had 11 points and Ethan Smith 10.

Dis­ap­point­ingly, Lim­popo con­tin­ued their poor run of form, and failed to win a match for a third suc­ces­sive year. It’s been down­hill for Lim­popo since win­ning the B sec­tion in Bloem­fontein in 2011, and the SAGA should con­sider trim­ming the B sec­tion from 7 teams to a more man­age­able six and have Lim­popo rather field their best team in the Coun­try Dis­tricts tour­na­ment.

Ty­ron Davi­d­owitz was B sec­tion MVP.

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