STEPHEN Morrison, Ryan Lane, Reinhardt Blaauw and Marco Loubser had to dig into their deepest reserves to secure a 10th USSA (University Sport South Africa) Championship title for the University of Pretoria in a nail-biting final against Varsity College at Port Shepstone Golf Club.
VC 1 took early control with a win and a half in the foursomes, but the men from Tuks rallied to pull off a 3.5- 2.5 result for their third successive win.
“The singles were incredibly tight and nerve-wracking,” said Tuks 1 team manager Emile Steinmann. “All four games went down to the last couple of holes and it was touch and go many times for both teams throughout the final round. Our players showed incredible strength of character to keep fighting. They never backed down and it was that team spirit and resolve that pulled it through for us.
“It was down to our captain Marco Loubser to pull a rabbit out of the hat in the final game,” Steyn said. “And he delivered. He holed a 30-footer at the 17th hole to win the game against Clayton Mansfield and the match for us. It was such an incredible tussle.
“I am immensely proud of this team, who kept our record alive in this championship. We must congratulate Varsity College on making their first final and for giving us an enormous fight for the title.”
Phillip Swanepoel from Stellenbosch University claimed the individual title on 138 after rounds of 71 and 67.
INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD – Top 10
- 138 Phillip Swanepoel 71-67
- 139 ABW van Zyl 69-70
- 140 Stefan Wears-Taylor 69-73
- 143 Clayton Mansfield 70-73
- 144 Marco Loubser 72-72
- Francois Kruger 72-72
- 146 Reinhardt Blaauw 67-79
- Colin Baldie 72-74
- Johannes Brophy 72-74
- Michael Ryan 75-71
- 147 Colin Campher 76-71
- 148 Ryan Lane 73-75
- DP van Zyl 74-74