KwaZulu Natal celebrated their third South African Mid-Amateur Inter-Provincial victory with an undefeated performance at East London Golf Club. It was touch and go in their final clash against Western Province, but KZN team manager Neil Campion’s warriors threw everything they had left into the final skirmish and stayed the course to triumph 6.5 – 5.5. “This is an incredible celebration for the whole squad,” said an elated Champion.
“We never took anything for granted. The players worked exceptionally hard for this final win, right down to the last putt in the last game out to pull this through. We squared the foursomes with Western Province and every man on the team knew we had to dig deep to turn things around.”
Ludwig Schreuder downed Clive Lazarus 5 & 4 to take first blood for Province, but skipper Lyall McNeill levelled the scores when he defeated Weyers Janse van Rensburg 4 & 3.
Former KZN player Elton James knocked out David Brown 3 & 2 to put Province temporarily ahead, but Dale Burraston beat Stefan Blommeart 2 & 1 to square the match and Bradley Davison gained control for KZN when he edged out Gerlou Roux 2 & 1.
“It came down to the last three games and I can tell that all six players left nothing out on the course,” Campion said.
KwaZulu-Natal’s Keith Forde halved against Riaan Lewis, teammate Corne van Deventer squared his game with Greg Sheard and Murray Gilson claimed the final half point for KZN against Cameron Johnston.
Three-time champions Central Gauteng won four out of five games to finish second overall.