Mt Edgecombe claim the title

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on Tuesday, 12 September 2017 in News

Siyanda Mwandla

Siyanda Mwandla played No 1 in the final game. 

MOUNT Edgecombe Country Club have reclaimed the KwaZulu-Natal Premier League title.

They did so by beating Cotswold Downs 8-4 in the final played at Bluff National Park last Sunday.

The score line doesn't really indicate how close the match was, with the usual ebbs and flows that happen in matchplay golf not always evident on the scoresheet.

In the foursomes, Graeme Inggs and Reece van Straaten (who've lost less games than the All Blacks in recent times) went down 3/2 to Brad Trevethan and Dean Le Vieux.

Luke Mayo and Steve Cullen evened things up with a 1-up win over Dennis Mack and Grant Olivier.

The pendulum swung back to Cotswold when Lyall McNeill and Byron Coetzee beat David Brown and Dale Burraston 2/1.

But it levelled off again when Siyanda Mwandla and Greg McKay beat Brendan Adlam and Paul Blackman 3/2.

It was set up perfectly for the singles, where Mount Edgecombe showed their class.

Trevethan struck first for Cotswold, defeating Cullen 1-up. Inggs hit back by beating Le Vieux 5/4. 

Mwandla, playing number one, scored next, with a 7/6 win against Coetzee.

He and Inggs could then follow their mates around, giving them some much needed support.

Brown then pushed Mount Edgecombe into the lead with a 2/1 win over Mack.

Burraston and Van Straaten held their collective nerve to win 1-up against their respective opponents Olivier and McNeill.

That was the match for Mount Edgecombe, with McKay seeing off Adlam 1-up.

Blackman scored a consolation victory over Mayo, 2/1, but by then it was too late.

“It was a solid all round team effort from the first game to the last. We all had our ups and downs but the guys all stepped up to the plate when needed. I must also thank all the guys for their commitment to make each game despite the busy schedules. We look forward to welcoming Derek Scullard back to our team and defending the title next year,” said captain David Brown.

Kloof Country Club whitewashed a depleted Southern KwaZulu-Natal team 12-0 in the relegation playoff.

In the A division, Amanzimtoti squeaked past Midlands to regain their spot in the top flight, winning the final 6,5-5,5.

In the B division final, Royal Durban beat Kloof 8-4 to gain promotion to the A division.

* Malcolm Mitchell (Kloof CC) and Matt Saulez (Durban CC) have been selected to represent South Africa in two world-class international events this November.

The duo will head to Argentina where they will team up in the Juan Carlos Tailhade Cup at the Los Lagartos Country Club from November 2-5.

They will then compete as individuals in the 112th Argentine Amateur Open Championship at the Jockey Club from November 16-19.

GolfRSA CEO Grant Hepburn applauded the selection and said the duo deserved the honour of representing South Africa on the world stage.

“Malcolm and Matt have shown commitment, determination and a healthy dose of aggression to rise through the ranks in the last year and these are exactly the traits these world class events in Argentina will demand,” Hepburn said.

David Rush

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