Premier and KZN league comes to a close

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byron coetzee 2018Byron Coetzee wins it for Kloof. 

IN a match that Kloof Country Club captain Stewart Theunissen described as ‘ridiculously tight’ his team triumphed over defending champions Durban CC by the narrowest of margins.

It was so close that a play-off was needed to decide the matter, with Byron Coetzee sealing it for Kloof on the first extra hole against Jono Broomhead.

The match was played at Cotswold Downs in fairly tough conditions, made even more difficult by Cotswold's famously fast greens.

Foursomes were shared two apiece.

Theunissen and Myers beat James Buzzard and Keith Forde 3/1.

Ben Botha and Ryan Welsh lost to Murray Gilson and Basil Naidoo 4/3.

Jarrod Northcote and Grant Olivier beat Sean Fenger and Leon Naidoo 6/5.

Byron Coetzee and Dylan Underwood lost to Broomhead brothers, Jason and Jono 3/2.

Singles were extremely close.

Theunissen fought back from a four hole deficit against his opposite captain Buzzard to square his match.

Myers lost to Forde 1-down.

Youngster Welsh lost to famed veteran Basil Naidoo 5/4.

Despite the heavy loss, getting to watch someone as skilled as Basil, even at his age, go about his business will have been a good experience for his golfing growth.

Botha lost to Gilson 3/2.

At this stage things were not looking too good for Kloof.

Olivier changed that with a 3/2 win over Fenger.

Northcote added another point with a 1-up win over Leon Naidoo (Basil’s son).

Underwood made a birdie on the last hole to square his match against Jason Broomhead.

Coetzee also made a birdie on the 18th, but his was to win the game against Jono Broomhead.

This pushed the match into overtime.

Coetzee parred the par five first hole and it proved to be enough when Jono Broomhead three-putted from the front edge to the back pin location.

It’s been five years since Kloof last won the league, with back to back wins in 2014 and 2013.

Last year they flirted with relegation and decided that was that.

“We sat down at the beginning of the year, a few of us, and said come on, we can do better than this,” said Theunissen.

“We also made an effort to bring in some of the younger players. We’re very pleased. It’s been nice to mix things up a bit again.”

It was a great day all round for Kloof as the ‘A’ team won the B league, easily defeating Camelot at Beachwood.

This team comprised Guy O'Connor, Thinus Steyn, Richard Firbank, Brad Jones, Justin Gibb, Travis Broli, Bruce Demont and Geoff Chandler.

In the A league Victoria CC held their nerve in a mighty battle played in great spirit against Southern KwaZulu-Natal at Bluff National Park.

They won 6,5-5,5 with the bearded Basha Pauls bringing home the winning point.

Victoria’s team comprised Jared Mitchell, Pauls, Sean Paxton, captain Chris Cordier, Reece van Niekerk, Dean Mullis, Kalvin Parsons and Steve Denning.

They will provide some headaches for teams in premier league next year, of that there is no doubt.

What’s great about this team is how much fun they have, how they play for each other, and basically the joy they seem to derive from being in the competitive mix.

* It’s almost time for one of the province’s most important tournaments, the KZN Closed over 72 holes to be played at Kloof CC.

The KZN team to play in the South African Interprovincial tournament in Nelspruit in September this year will be selected afterwards.

It should not be too hard to select, with the team pretty much selecting itself.

Most likely, it will look as follows (in no particular order): Byron Coetzee, Derek Scullard, Greg McKay, Gavin Sole, Siya Mwandla, Nikhil Gopal, Jason Broomhead and Jono Broomhead.

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