14 May 2018 – Boland made a dream start in their quest to regain A-Section status and a solid first round showing gave Northern Cape a big leg-up in the promotion battle of the 2018 SA Country Districts at Potchefstroom Country Club on Monday.
Boland came out guns blazing and rode a clean sweep in the Foursomes against Border to an 11 – 1 result on day one.
Lauritz Loubser set the ball rolling for Boland in the Singles when he beat Fellow Ngantweni 8 & 6 and Ryk van Schoor, LB Boshoff, Anton Pieters, Daniel Cronje and Ethan Smith piled on five more points.
Border number one Pieter Nel and Ben Jonas, who anchored the victorious Border team in their recent Seniors B-Section Inter-Provincial victory, prevented a whitewash when they halved against WP Botha and JF Conradie respectively.
The log leaders face Southern Cape next, who enjoyed a first round bye.
Northern Cape was equally impressive, gunning down Eastern Province 9 – 3.
Having surrendered just half a point in the Foursomes, Northern Cape began the Singles with a 3 point lead. NJ van der Walt claimed first blood for Northern Cape when he eliminated Patrick Ludick 5 & 3 and victories from Andries Kori and Allan Toy pushed their tally to 6.5.
Eastern Province put up a fight to get back in the match, though.
Geoffrey van der Merwe narrowly beat Colin Mavuso 1-up and Basil Nortje also won on the last hole against Ivan Daniels to secure the win for Northern Cape, however, Drikus Gous and number one Rhalf Manuel scored 2 points and Tiaan van der Bank halved against Nico Jacobs in another tight match to deny halved Northern Cape a clean sweep.
Eastern Province will have a chance to recuperate with a second round bye, while Northern Cape go into battle against Border.
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Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of GolfRSA.