Western Province penned a new chapter in the story of the SADGA Provincial Challenge presented by Reichmans Capital with a 15.5 – 13 victory over the ROCS team at Magalies Park Golf Club on Sunday.
The victory, the Cape side’s fourth at the event in as many years, was spearheaded by Morne Cronje. The King David Mowbray Golf Club member laid down a marker with a pair of emphatic wins on the opening day. Showing it was no flash in the pan, Morne trounced Gauteng’s Dean Ferreira 7&5 before adding a second scalp of the day courtesy of victory over Christo De Jager.
The ROCS team meanwhile made the ideal start to their final day as Given Holose (Deaf) and Robin Singh registered two-points each in the top two matches.
Western Province remained steady, however, and kept their tally ticking over as Cedric Touzard, Bossie Bosman and Ignation Douries bagged a point apiece to remain in touch with the ROCS.
ROCS’ title aspirations were dealt a significant blow as Jabu Price-Moor lost both his matches to Gauteng’s James Hourigan and Western Province’s Trevor Reich respectively. Hourigan and Reich meanwhile shared the spoils in their tie.
It is fitting that, in their first appearance at the event, the Provincial Challenge was decided by the final matches on the course – the Blind golfers. Enter, Garrett Slattery. The university professor, who plays off a remarkable Handicap Index of 18.8, answered Province’s call with victories over Morne Els and Ernst Conradie, which proved decisive.
For the fourth year in a row, Western Province punched above their weight to retain the SADGA Provincial Challenge title presented by Reichmans Capital.
Written by Craig Stirton on behalf of the SA Disabled Golf Association