Twelve months after they marched to an unbeaten victory at Westlake Golf Club, Central Gauteng were in ascendancy again in the 55th South African Inter-Provincial, sponsored by Tempest, at Glendower Golf Club.
The defending champions put an exclamation mark behind another unbeaten run to claim the union’s record 27th victory in the annual team event when they staved off a resuscitated Western Province in a closely fought final round tussle to triumph 8 – 4.
“The team performed from day one and stuck to our game plan,” said team manager Jaco du Plessis. “I demanded perfection from this team and they all stood up to be counted. This marks the first time since 2005 / 2006 that we successfully defended the title.
“Winning all our matches for two successive years speaks volumes about the character of these players. This might be a young team, but their grit and determination was unparalleled for five days and they richly deserve to take this cup home.”
Central Gauteng launched their title defence with a 7-5 result against Eastern Province. The side then beat Boland 7.5-4.5, Ekurhuleni by the same margin and Southern Cape 8-4 before accounting for Western Province.
Against WP, Central took the foursomes 2.5-1.5. Andi Dill, Jason Viljoen and Darin de Smidt then burst from the blocks to rack up three singles points. Michael Sherriff defeated David Meyers 5 & 3 to claim first blood for Province and Gerlou Roux downed Basil Wright 2 & 1 to boost their tally, but Matthew Spacey drove home the imminent victory when he beat Sean Bradley 2 & 1.
IPT stalwart Ryan Dreyer pushed home to defeat Altin van der Merwe 1-up and Marco Steyn halved the final game for the four point victory.
“This is an incredible celebration for the squad and the supporters,” said an elated Du Plessis.
“We prepared really well for this week, but there is no describing what this means to us. “I know it sounds like a cliché, but if you ask me to name the outstanding players this week, I would have to say all of them.
“I will add that Andi played a true captain’s innings and Ryan was an incredible banker in the middle order and ‘father’ to the boys.”
Final positions: 1 Central Gauteng, 2 Ekurhuleni, 3 S Cape, 4 Boland, 5 WP, 6 EP.