No success for IPT team

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on Tuesday, 25 September 2018 in News

Gavin Sole Captain

Gavin Sole captained the IPT team.

Another year and it's another disappointment in terms of South African IPT success for the KwaZulu-Natal golf team.

Despite having six of the team back from last year, they just couldn't quite get it done when it really mattered at Oubaai Golf Club last week and eventually ended fourth, with Central Gauteng winning.

What's not in doubt is that they gave it all they had. In the end, if they had won just four more holes, they would have been champions. But that's sport.

Tactically, skipper Gavin Sole had stressed the need for strong foursomes showings.

In this regard they got off to an absolute flyer on day, winning all four against Gauteng North.

But even from this position, they could not close out the match, eventually halving it 6-6. That was a body blow of note.

The following day they got back into the mix beating Ekurhuleni 7-5, after sharing the foursomes two apiece.

Day three, against title contenders Southern Cape, proved to be another ridiculously tight affair, but was again a case of advantage lost.

The match was halved 6-6, with Kzn having taken a 3-1 lead into the singles.

The wind wreaked havoc and at one stage play was called off due to balls being blown off greens.

While Kzn players are used to the wind, the strength of the wind probably suited Southern Cape more as they roared back in the afternoon.

Seven of the singles games went down the 18th hole. It was unbearably tight, but things didn't go Kzn's way.

This meant that a win for Kzn in day four's match against log leaders Central Gauteng was critical to have any chance of victory overall.

Kzn lost the foursomes for the first time, going down 2,5-1,5.

There was some fightback in the afternoon, with five games going down the last and two finishing on the penultimate hole.

It was insanely close once again, with the finest of margins separating the teams in the end.

Kzn lost 6,5-5,5 to allow Central to celebrate winning the tournament with a day to spare. 

Full credit to them - they had a team of two veterans and six rookies. That's quite something. 

Admittedly their union has depth to draw on, as well as a higher number of players aiming to turn professional.

In a way it was massive pity Kzn couldn't have beaten them to set up what would have been a fantastically exciting final day.

Ironically, the champions fell apart against Southern Cape, crashing to a 4-0 loss in the foursomes and eventually lost the match.

Kzn finished off the week with a half against Free State, their third drawn match of the week.

Kzn's team comprised captain Gavin Sole (Southbroom), Malcolm Mitchell (Kloof CC), Byron Coetzee (Cotswold Downs), Clayton Mansfield and Jason Broomhead (both Durban CC), Luke Mayo, Greg McKay and Derek Scullard (all Mount Edgecombe CC).

* In league promotion action at Bluff National Park on Sunday, Zululand edged out Southern KZN 6,5-5,5 in the A section final to gain promotion into the premier league for next season.

Zululand's team for the final was Jarred Good, Phil Barnes, Jandri Krafft, Andries Meintjes, Graeme Johnson, Richard Allan, Jason Winterboer and Thami Mbuyazi. Others who played during the season were Rob Seiler and Tony Brown.

Zimbali won the B section final, beating Ethekweni 6,5-5,5 with Barry Trollip getting the winning point on the last hole against Phiwa Mkhoma.

Zimbali's team was Trollip, Steve Phytides, Shane Douglas, Ron van Staden, Craig Edwards, Holger Peens, Pat Burgess and Manu Beauregard.

The premier league final between Durban CC and Cotswold Downs will take place at Bluff National on October 7.


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