Giantkiller Paine knocks out Frittelli

Alpheus KelapileDURBAN (5 March 2008) – South African number one Dylan Frittelli was the biggest name to fall by the wayside in the Glacier SA Amateur Championship at Royal Durban Golf Club on Wednesday morning.

Frittelli was three up through 11 holes against Steven Paine, but went on to lose one up in the round of 32 matches played in the morning.

They were all square playing the 17th. But Frittelli went on to three-putt, which would ultimately cost him the match.

“I lost it with that three-putt on 17,” said Frittelli. “I thought the putt was slow and hit it straight through the break and about six foot past the hole. But all credit to Steven. He played the back nine really well.”

Paine, who knocked out another favourite in MJ Daffue in the first round, was delighted with his win.

“I really enjoy match play and this was a pretty good performance.”

Port Elizabeth’s Divan du Piesanie and Welshman Nigel Edwards served up a thrilling contest in the morning that went all the way to the 23rd hole. Du Piesanie then pulled his tee shot into the bunker on the par-three fifth hole, and put his next into another bunker to eventually lose to a par from Edwards.

“I had my chances so that’s disappointing. But it was a good match,” said Du Piesanie.

In the morning’s other matches, Derik Ferreira enjoyed a comfortable 5 and 4 win over Andre de Decker, SA Stroke Play champion Jacques Blaauw beat Nicol van Wyk 2 and 1, and Adrian Ford beat Keenan Davidse 4 and 3.

Alpheus Kelapile (pictured on the right) enjoyed a thrilling 2up victory over local favourite Jared Harvey. Harvey was 3up with five to play but missed a short putt on the par-five 14th and was rattled thereafter, opening the door for Kelapile to take the match.

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