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EKURHULENI – SA IPT – BRYANSTON COUNTRY CLUB

NEWS

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Today we played Gauteng North and managed a 2 – 2 draw with our foursomes, however the afternoon singles proved more difficult with 2 halves and one win. At the end of the day we lost to Gauteng North 8 – 4. We wish Gauteng north all the best for the rest of the IPT.

We did however have a highlight today, Casey holed out on the 14th for his 8th career hole in one. Well done Casey.

Tomorrow we play Western Province.

Casey Hole  in 1

Casey Jarvis

 

EKURHULENI – SA IPT – BRYANSTON COUNTRY CLUB

NEWS

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

A very difficult day today, we lost to KZN 9 ½ to 2 ½, one of the biggest defeats suffered by EGU.

As a team we have taken this defeat graciously and congratulate KZN on some excellent golf. We wish them all the best as the inter provincial continues.

We and a discussion after the match and we will take the positives from the days play and we are thankful for the experienced gained by our young players. We now need to put this behind us and start over tomorrow. We are up against Gauteng North and look forward to the match.

All results can be viewed on the SAGA website.

IPT DAY-2

EKURHULENI – SA IPT – BRYANSTON COUNTRY CLUB

NEWS

Monday, 18 September 2017

Our first day of IPT, playing against Central Gauteng was a tough day. We only managed two halves in the morning foursomes and 3 ½ games won in the afternoon singles.

Most of the games completed, were decided on the 18th hole. Our young team excelled themselves to take on the “big guys” and hold them off to the bitter end. The results of 7 ½ to 4 ½ certainly does not reflect the gutsy performance of the team.

We congratulate Central Gauteng for their victory and wish them well for the rest of the tournament.

Tomorrow we take on KZN and look forward to test the experience gained from today’s match to see if we can improve our position.

IPT Day - 1

 

EKURHULENI – SA IPT – BRYANSTON COUNTRY CLUB

NEWS

Sunday, 17 September 2017

The Team arrived at the City Lodge in Bryanston safely and enjoyed a dinner at St Stithians Restaurant before a fine session, discussion and retiring to bed.

 

Sunday saw a decent practice round and the flag raising ceremony. We were treated to the most awesome ceremony arranged by Bryanstan Country Club that included the piper, a choir and some song and dance by the staff. All teams were presented a glass memento celebrating Bryanstan Country Clubs legacy and all unions are invited to plant a tree on the course to commemorate the IPT.

 

At the dinner we were treated to a talk from David Grier, the adventurer that has run the Great Wall of China amongst other adventures including paddling from Africa to Madagascar, and running numerous countries, all this for charity and to assist children with cleft palates and to give them a normal smile. The talk was both moving and inspirational.

 

Lali Stander has written this article and Ekurhuleni Golf Union features prominently.

Battle lines are drawn for 2017 SA IPT

 

SANDTON, 17 September 2017 – The crème de la crème of South African amateur golf will be in action in the 57th Premier South African Inter-Provincial Championship, sponsored by Tempest, at Bryanston Country Club from 18-22 September.

Central Gauteng and Western Province have monopolised the A-Section in the country’s largest national team championship. The host union won six times and Western Province has racked up seven victories since 2000.

However, the layout at Bryanston is a great leveller and the tournament favourites could come under fire over the next five days.

Defending champions Southern Cape mowed down log-leaders Gauteng North in a pressure-packed final round tussle at the Fish River Sun Resort last year to lift the title for the first time since the Garden Route side joined in the country’s premier team event in 2009.

Nicholas Mitchell, Henk Geldenhuys, Callum Boon and Hans-Jurie Human return for duty with the mainstay Ivan Williams, who took the Most Valuable Player honour last year. And the side is further boosted by stand-outs Heinrich Frylinck, Ben van Wyk and Martin Vorster, the reigning Nomads SA Boys U-15 champion and recent Italian International Under-16 Championship winner.

KwaZulu-Natal earned the coveted promotion with an unbeaten performance at the Fish River Sun last year. This year’s squad boasts national players Malcolm Mitchell, Matt Saulez and Clayton Mansfield – all ranked inside the current top 10 on the Open Amateur standings.

With IPT veteran Gavin Sole at the helm and the combined experience of Derek Scullard, Siyanda Mwandla, Greg McKay and Jason Broomhead in support, the 2009 champions could pose a real threat this year.

Gauteng North, keen to end a three-year title-drought, has brought a strong offensive with inform youngsters Nicholas Frade, Dylan Kok, Dawid Opperman and Keegan Mclachlan and experienced campaigners Richard Joubert, David Nortje, Peetie and Christopher van der Merwe.

Ekurhuleni, the runner’s up last year, has 2017 English Mens Stroke Play champion Kyle McClatchie and reigning English Boys U-14 champion Casey Jarvis.

It has Dimension Data Junior Open Under-15 Challenge winner Nash de Klerk and Yurav Premlall, fresh from a top 20 finish in his international debut at the Italian International Under-16 Championship.

It has the firing power from proven winners Angus Ellis-Cole, Aneurin Gounden and Vaughan van Deventer. And it has Jordan Burnand, who got the nod when the country’s top ranked junior Jayden Schaper made the International Team for the Junior Presidents Cup.

“This is arguably the youngest squad we’ve ever fielded at the SA IPT, but they are a talented bunch of fighters,” said Ekurhuleni president Martin Saayman.

“Yurav and Casey are 14 and Nash is only 13 years and eight months old. They are younger than Ernie Els was when he represented Eastern Transvaal 33 years ago. Kyle is just 20. Aneurin and Vaughan are 19, Jordan is 17 and at 22, Angus is the old man on the team.

“But the rankings tell us age is not an issue. Kyle leads the Open Amateur rankings, while Yurav, Casey and Nash occupy the top three spots in the SAGA Under 15 Junior Rankings.

“We place a huge premium on development at Ekurhuleni Golf Union and experience is the best way to help players evolve, mature and improve. All these players earned their places on the team and the right to compete against the best talent in South Africa.

“Like all the other teams, we want to hoist the trophy on Friday, but we also want to come away from this championship knowing that our players have gained top class experience that will help them to the reach the next level.”

Team manager Gavin Homan said it’s exciting to take such a young team into the battle.

“The good thing about the youngsters is that they don’t scare easily,” said Homan. “They can barely wait to get started. And we have guys like Kyle, Angus and Anuerin to guide them. It may be a young side, but we have a lot of confidence in them.”

The B-Section battle for promotion could prove just as tough to predict.

Boland were smarting after their relegation last year, while Eastern Province and North West both lost out to KwaZulu-Natal at the Fish River Sun.

All three teams will be champing at the bit to win the coveted promotion, but they will need a fast start in Monday’s opening matches with Mpumalanga, Eastern Province, Free State and Limpopo also gunning for success.

 

FIRST ROUND DRAW – A-SECTION:

Southern Cape vs KwaZulu-Natal

Ekurhuleni vs Central Gauteng

Gauteng North vs Western Province

 

FIRST ROUND DRAW – B-SECTION:

Boland vs Border vs North West

Mpumalanga vs Eastern Province vs Free State

Bye – Limpopo

 

For further information, please contact:

Geoff Taylor (South African Golf Association President) – geoff@saga.co.za

Grant Hepburn (GolfRSA CEO) – granthepburn@golfrsa.co.za

Eden Thompson (GolfRSA manager – golf operations) – edenthompson@golfrsa.co.za

 

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of GolfRSA, a SAGA and WGSA Not-For-Profit company.

Lali Stander

Media Liaison - GolfRSA

TEL: +27 82 990 7150 / EMAIL: lalistander@golfrsa.co.za

 

2017 IPT - BRYANSTAN

The 2016 runner’s up Ekurhuleni are bidding to go all the way in the 57th SA Inter-Provincial, sponsored by Tempest, at Bryanston Golf Club, credit GolfRSA.

Back – Jordan Burnand, Angus Ellis-Cole, Aneurin Gounden and Vaughan van Deventer

Front – Casey Jarvis, Kyle McClatchie, Yurav Premlall and Nash de Klerk.