Ekurhuleni lays down a marker at SA Women’s IPT

Ekurhuleni got off to a winning start on day one of the 58th SA Women’s Inter-Provincial Championship with a 6.5 – 2.5 victory over Gauteng at Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate; credit GolfRSA.

STELLENBOSCH, 3 October 2018 – Western Province mowed down Southern Cape on day one to strengthen their bid for successive victories, but Ekurhuleni showed some serious spunk to match the defending champions with a winning start in the 58th South African Women’s Inter-Provincial Championship at Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate on Wednesday.


Western Province capitalized on gentle conditions in the morning to beat score a clean sweep in the Foursomes. Zayb Fredericks, Kelly Erasmus, captain Kaylah Williams and Vicki Traut racked up 4 points to guarantee a 7 – 2 result for the defending champions.

Ekurhuleni had more work to do against former champions Gauteng after the two teams drew 1.5-all in the foursomes.

Kiera Floyd took first blood for Ekurhuleni when she routed Eleonora Galletti 6 & 4 and Nadia van der Westhuizen backed her up with a 5 & 4 win over Marine Legentil. Captain Caitlyn Macnab and 2018 Sanlam SA Women’s Stroke Play champion Casandra Hall both won 3 & 1 to take the team’s tally to 4 points.

Kera Healy hit back for Gauteng, beating Kyra van Kan 5 & 3, but Teagan Lubbe pushed home a 6.5 – 5.5 victory when she knocked out Kim Turgut 2 & 1.

Western Province and Ekurhuleni both gained 2 points, but the 2017 winners moved into the top spot in the log with a half point games advantage.

Local favourites Boland redeemed themselves after finishing in the bottom draw after the Seeding Round by routing Gauteng North 6.5 – 2.5.

The two teams tied in the foursomes, but Bianca Wernich at number one set Boland on a winning course when she defeated Shanice de Gee 8 & 6. Annerie Coetzee, Crystal Beukes and Megan Streicher also won their matches, while Maggie Minnie and Shani Brynard halved against Daisies captain Larissa du Preez and Lenanda van der Watt respectively.

Mpumalanga and Border both made a superb start to the promotion battle.

Mpumalanga’s Petrone Rudolph and Nicola Schoeman won 5 & 3 and Chante Boonstra and captain Patrizia Lombard combined for a 4 & 3 to take a 2 – 1 lead over Western Province B into the foursomes. Lombard halved against Kayla Paulsen, but Boonstra, Rudolph and Schoeman cleaned up in the singles to deliver a 5.5 – 0.5 result.

Border defeated Free State 5 – 1. Demi Flanagan and Luzan Esterhuizen 2 & 1 and seasoned veteran Millie Zim-Dondashe boxed an 18-foot putt for birdie at the last to make it two-for-two in the foursomes. Flanagan took the first scalp in the singles with a 4 & 3 win against Mariane Payne. Pieterse won 2Up and Esterhuizen 3 & 2, but the captain bowed out 7 & 5 to Free State number one Gabbi Venter.

Eastern Province and Northern Cape came up trumps in their first round clashes.

Having beaten Limpopo 2 – 0 in the foursomes, Cherilee Knoetze and Zahn Scholtz delivered the winning blows for Eastern Province to secure a 4 – 2 victory.

Northern Cape halved their foursomes against North West, but Elmien van Niekerk, Mikah Poonawassy and Magri Beukes reeled in 3 points to give Northern Cape a 3.5 – 2.5 start in the championship.

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of GolfRSA.