The Limpopo golf team that took part in the South African U/19 Inter-Provincial Tournament (IPT) that started on Monday the 9th of December at the Ernie Els Signature Course at the Oubaai Golf, Hotel and Spa in Herolds Bay, completed a tournament, most would much rather forget. It ended on Friday the 13th of December.
Not only did the Limpopo team have to contend with blasting winds all through the competition which they are not used to, but also against some of the country’s best junior golf players.
And especially for the captain, James Vorster, from the Hoërskool Ben Vorster who along with his team, could not get used to the conditions on a challenging coastal course. For Vorster this tournament was his last as a junior player for the Limpopo golf union since being part of the junior golf players since the age of 13. From next year on, he will move up the ladder to the senior ranks.
In the first round on Monday, Limpopo was found wanting by Mpumalanga’s team that went on to win 8-4. The match that probably shook the foundations of the Limpopo golfers however, was against KwaZulu-Natal.
This coastal team relished in the windy conditions and being on a rampage after being relegated to the B-Section of this tournament last year, they were in steamroller-mode and eventually stampeded Limpopo with a 11.5-0,5 triumph. KwaZulu-Natal went on to win the B-Section in fine style to be promoted back into the A-Section of the SA U/19 ITP.
On the second day of the tournament Limpopo enjoyed a bye which gave them time to regroup. In the first match Eastern Province stamped their authority by winning the contest 11-1. The match later the day against Northern Cape gave Limpopo’s team a glimmer of hope that all might not be lost when they drew the match 6-6.
In the fourth round the Limpopo golfers came up against the side of the Free State and again had to contend with windy conditions more suitable for a kite flying championship than playing competitive golf.
Both these inland teams gave it all their worth in an exciting match with Limpopo giving the Free State golfers a proper run for their money. In the end the Free State just managed to edge Limpopo out with a score of 6,5-5,5.
Limpopo finished the tournament off with another defeat against Border. The Border team won the match with a score of 7,5 against Limpopo’s tally of 4,5.
Limpopo finished the tournament in sixth place overall on 1 point, level with the Northern Cape in seventh place. The points Limpopo accumulated in all their matches was 21,5 against the 14,5 of the Northern Cape which made the difference.
The B Section winners KwaZulu-Natal was followed by the side of Border with Eastern Province taking up the third place. In fourth place overall was Mpumalanga followed by the Free State with Limpopo and Northern Cape filling up the rest of the overall position.
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