Ekurhuleni carried the confidence of a 9.5 – 2.5 result in their opener against Gauteng North to victory against Limpopo by the same impressive margin.
The side took a 2.5 – 1.5 lead in the Foursomes and fired in the Singles, winning all but one game.
Ruhan van Dijk added to Limpopo’s woes when he beat Robert Fatana 5 & 4 and Jason Froneman defeated AJ Smit 4 & 2. Paul Boshoff downed Cameron Nesmith 4 & 3 and Tristen Strydom drove the nail in Limpopo’s coffin with a 3 & 1 result against Jaco Linde.
Franco van Zyl knocked out Kyle McClatchie 3 & 1 to pull one back for Limpopo.
“The guys never relented and just kept the pressure up,” said manager Kobie Koen. “We still have three days ahead with Western Province, Central Gauteng and Southern Cape to come, so we cannot afford early celebrations. But the guys are excited about the upcoming matches now.”
Koen was especially impressed by the players at the top of the order.
“Dylan and Sentanio rallied from three down to square their match in the Foursomes and were really committed in the Singles,” he said.
“I was impressed with the way Ruhan, Sentanio, Chris and Dylan dug in early on to put some points on the board in the Singles. That took the pressure off Tristen and Paul, playing at one and two.
“It’s unfortunate that Kyle lost his match, but that is how the chips fell for him and no doubt he will come out firing on Wednesday.”
Ekurhuleni and Western Province both have four points, but Ekurhuleni edged out Province for the lead in the standings with 19 game points to 17.5.
Province wiped out a two point deficit after the Foursomes to defeat Southern Cape 7 – 5.
Cole Cruickshank, Noel Anderson, Alistair Snowdon, Michael Sherriff, Luca Filippi and Luke Trocado all notched victories in the Singles, while Southern Cape’s two points were collected by Hans-Jurie Human, who beat Hayden Garcia 2 & 1, and Jovan Rebula, who downed Altin van der Merwe 1-up.
“Luke scored a huge 7 & 5 victory over Cameron Moralee,” said manager James Wade.
“When that news fed down the line, it really fired up the rest of the team. The guys played some great golf on both teams, and I enjoyed watching the rivalry and camaraderie out on the course.”
Central Gauteng halved the Foursomes against Gauteng North, but the defending champions rallied in the Singles to win 7.5 – 4.5.
Dean Martin and Fritz Orren claimed the first two games for Central, but Stefan Wears-Taylor slammed the breaks on their run when he downed Keelan van Wyk 3 & 1.
Karabo Mokoena and David Meyers both scored 2 & 1 wins to take back the momentum for Central, but JP Cooper intervened by halving his match against Rupert Kaminsky.
Albert Venter defeated Central number two Dylan Naidoo 2 & 1, but Marco Steyn had the last word for Central when he routed Rosswell Sinclair 3 & 2.
A-SECTION ROUND TWO RESULTS
Limpopo 2.5 vs Ekurhuleni 9.5
Southern Cape 5.0 vs Western Province 7.0
Gauteng North 4.5 vs Central Gauteng 7.5
1 Ekurhuleni (2, 2, 0, 0, 4, 19.0)
2 Western Province (2, 2, 0, 0, 4, 17.5)
3 Central Gauteng (2, 2, 0, 0, 4, 14.0)
4 Southern Cape (2, 0, 0, 2, 0, 10.5)
5 Gauteng North (2, 0, 0, 2, 0, 7.0)
6 Limpopo (2, 0, 0, 2, 0, 4.0)