SA Country Districts going down to the wire
17 May 2018 – The fight for glory in the 2018 SA Country Districts Inter-Provincial is perched on a knife’s edge. KwaZulu-Natal pulled within striking distance of log leaders North West in Thursday’s fourth round, while Boland and Northern Cape will fight it out in the battle for promotion at Potchefstroom on Friday.
KwaZulu-Natal defeated Free State 8 – 4 after taking a 2.5 – 1.5 lead in the Foursomes. The point makers were Graham Fabricius, Christopher Thorpe, Koenie Erasmus, Thomas Lovett and Jason Gilliver while Sean Baker halved with Jacques Schutte.
North West enjoyed a well-deserved bye, having amassed six points, but they will have to come out guns blazing with KwaZulu-Natal finished just one point adrift.
Mpumalanga had one final match to avoid relegation, but Limpopo also enjoyed a prosperous day and won their bout 7.5 – 4.5.
Taking 3.5 points in the morning, Vincent Olley, Johan Geldenhuys and Franco Putter kept Limpopo I the driver’s seat and halves from Niko Koster and Peter Masehela ended Mpumalanga’s campaign in Potchefstroom.
Limpopo, third in the standings with three points, will face Free State in the final showdown.
Both teams have six points, but Boland will take 2 precious extra game points when the two teams go into the final battle for the coveted promotion.
Boland, who were the wooden spoon 12 months ago at San Lameer Country Club, took a 3.5 lead in the Foursomes and never took their foot off the gas. WP Botha banked their first point in the Singles when he whipped Tiaan van der Bank 6 & 4 and LB Boshoff added another when he knocked out Rhalf Manuel 6 & 4.
Lauritz Loubser, Anton Pieters, JF Conradie and Ethan Smith added four more points to their tally and
Daniel Cronje closed out the decisive win when he halved with Ivan Daniels.
Southern Cape were in blistering form and took a clean sweep in the Foursomes, but the experienced Border veteran Ben Jonas denied the Garden Route team a whitewash when he eliminated Alex van Wyk 4 & 2.
The two points earned Southern Cape third place in the standings. They go up against Eastern Province in the final round. Although Eastern Province also hold two points, they are at a disadvantage in game points with Southern Cape 8.5 ahead on 21.5 game points.
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Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of GolfRSA.