13 May 2019 – Looking to repeat their winning performance at San Lameer Country Club in 2017, KwaZulu-Natal laid down a big marker on the opening day of the SA Country Districts, while North West defeated Limpopo at Plettenberg Bay Country Club.
KwaZulu-Natal made an early statement against Free State, dominating the foursomes, and taking a 3-1 lead into the afternoon session.
Heindrich Erasmus clawed a point back for Free State when he beat Thomas Lovett 4 & 2, but Corne van Deventer kept KwaZulu-Natal on a winning course with a 4 & 3 win.
Sean Baker, Koenie Erasmus, Phillip Barnes, Jens Hillerman and Jason Gilliver continued the pounding and took their tally to 9 points.
Ryno Crous halved against Jacques Schutte to ensure a crushing 9.5 – 2.5 victory. KwaZulu-Natal will look to continue their rampage when they face Limpopo in round two.
Hoping to pick up where they left off in Potchefstroom, North West had some work to do after Limpopo squared the foursomes 2-all.
GolfRSA National Squad member Nash de Klerk – playing at number one – put Limpopo on notice when he knocked out Adam Milanzi 6 & 5.
The Pecanwood junior’s effort was well supported by Gareth Petler, Jaco Anderson, IPT stalwart Johan Krugel and Ray Janse van Rensburg, who kept North West in the driver’s seat.
The defending champions will go up against last year’s B-Section winners Northern Cape on Tuesday, while Free State has a bye.
A-SECTION ROUND 1 RESULTS
KwaZulu-Natal 9.5 vs Free State 2.5
North West 8 vs Limpopo 4
Northern Cape Round 1 Bye
A-SECTION – LOG ROUND 1
1 KwaZulu-Natal (1, 1, 0, 0, 2, 9.5)
2 North West (1, 1, 0, 0, 2, 8)
3 Limpopo (1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 4)
4 Free State (1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 2.5)
Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of GolfRSA.