Gauteng North emerged unbeaten after an epic battle for supremacy against KwaZulu-Natal to win the B Section at the men’s SA Inter-Provincial at Glendower.
After their shock relegation at Westlake Golf Club last year, the 2013 champions came back with a vengeance and threw down the gauntlet when they flattened Limpopo 11-1 in their opening match. They then beat Mpumalanga 8-4, Free State 10.5-1.5, North West 8.5-3.5 and finally KZN 7-5.
“We knew we would be in for the toughest battle of the week against KwaZulu-Natal, who also won all four matches on their way to the final day,” said Gauteng North manager Gerry Few. “We knew it would be a dogfight, but this young team had shown incredible character throughout the week and I knew they had what it takes to pull it off.”
After the foursomes were shared, recent Boys Championship finalist Keegan de Lange whipped Gregory McKay 7 & 5 and skipper Andrew van der Knaap downed Luke Mayo 4 & 2. James du Preez took down Clayton Mansfield 3 & 2, but Siyanda Mwandla responded for KZN to beat Hendrikus Stoop 3 & 2.
KZN stalwart Gavin Sole added another point when he knocked out Teaghan Gauche 2 & 1, but Marco Loubser hit back, beating Anuerin Gounden 1-up.
Gauteng North’s Jason Smith lost to Malcolm Mitchell, but reigning Nomads SA Boys U-19 Match Play champion Ross Sinclair cleaned up for a seventh point
Final positions: 1 Gauteng North, 2 KZN, 3 North West, 4 Free State, 5 Mpumalanga, 6 Limpopo.