By: Craig Stirton
Team South played sensational golf throughout day 2 of the SADGA Provincial Challenge as they surged to a 9.5-3.5 lead over Team North at Uitenhage Golf Club on Saturday.
Of the eight points on offer on day 2, Team South won an astonishing 7 of them. The lone point they didn’t manage to win was in the penultimate match of the day.
The teams ended the opening day locked at 2.5-2.5. The second day’s play featured four-matches of alternate-shot followed by four better-ball matches both of which were contested over nine holes.
Team South were firing on all cylinders in the morning foursomes. Trevor Reich and Morne Cronje bounced back from their defeat on day 1 as they swatted Johan Du Plooy and Rupert Fortmann aside 4&3 to register their first points of the event.
Christo De Jager and Kean Dry meanwhile remained undefeated as they cruised to a 5&3 win over Jan Potgieter and Dean Ferreira.
Brandon Shaw and Lance Du Toit also delivered for Team South in their match as they too recorded a comfortable 3&1 victory.
Deaf golfer Kosie Janse Van Rensburg and leg-amputee Simo Mdudu – both victors on day 1 but making their first appearance as a combination- made it a clean sweep for the South in the morning session. After a slow start, the King David Mowbray pair who were all-square with Charlene Pienaar and Hanjo Bester after 6, won the 7th before sealing a hard-fought 1-up victory.
The results in the afternoon better-ball matches went much the same way as in the morning. Reich and Cronje again led from the front, their 4&2 victory over Price Moor and Swart largely owing to a near-flawless display from Cronje.
De Jager and Dry played fantastic golf in the afternoon as well. After winning three of the first four holes, De Jager and Dry held on for a 3&2 victory.
Janse Van Rensburg and Mdudu meanwhile were clinical in the afternoon. The pair raced to a four-up advantage after just five holes before ultimately claiming an emphatic 4&3 victory.
Credit must go to Johan Du Plooy and Rupert Fortmann for ending a tough day for Team North on a high. The pair established a 2-up advantage after three holes and never truly looked like relinquishing their advantage over Shaw and Du Toit. Their eventual 3&2 victory allowing Team North to finish Day 2 with something to show for their efforts.
The equation is simple: Team South need just 3 points of the 10 available on the final day to reclaim the trophy.
The final day of the event will see the golfers play Singles matchplay over 18 holes.
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