SAGA Juniors edge ahead at Challenge Cup

The South African Golf Association Junior side served up another commanding performance at the Challenge Cup Teams Tournament to edge ahead of Gauteng North and Central Gauteng at the halfway mark at Cullinan Golf Club on Wednesday.

The defending champions handed Western Province an 8.5 – 3.5 drubbing after the two teams drew the morning foursomes.

Gregory McKay defeated Keagan Beyer 4 & 3 to claim first blood for the SAGA Juniors, and Luke Mayo added another point with a 4 & 3 win against Darren Dunlop.

Matt Saulez secured their fifth point when he downed Kevin Hitge 5 & 4.

Hennie du Plessis went down 5 & 4 to Province’s Joubert van Eeden, but Luca Filippi held off a strong challenge from Robert Bougas to halve the game and turn the tide back in the juniors’ favour.

Jovan Rebula beat Jonathan Bernard 5 & 4 and Tristen Strydom wrapped up the eighth point with a 4 & 3 result against Dylan Raubenheimer.

The defending champions lead the log on six points, one point clear of Central Gauteng and Gauteng North, whose third round match ended in a 6-all stalemate.

Central Gauteng was on the back foot going into the singles after losing the foursomes 1 – 3.

Andrew Carlsson, Basil Wright and Rupert Kaminski stemmed the bleeding, while Werner van Wyk and Ludovic Bax halved their respective matches against Robert Gouws and Marthin Scheeper to take the team’s tally to five points.

Dylan Naidoo held strong and beat Matt Bright 1-up to avoid a loss for Central.

Meanwhile the Presidents Team went down 4.5 – 7.5 to the University Sport SA team.

The side halved two games in the foursomes to trail 3 – 1, but the University Sport SA side sealed the deal in the singles with victories going way of Marco Loubser, Ryan Lane, Michael Dixon and van der Knaap.

Haydn Garcia claimed a big scalp for the Presidents Team when he downed Potgieter 5 & 3, however, while Jacobs halved his match and Evance Vukeya and Nelson won their respective games against Christoff Els and Matthew Spacey.



Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of the South African Golf Association.

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