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Ekurhuleni junior girls take SA women’s inter-provincial golf title

Ekurhuleni and Western Province began the last day tied on four points after two wins each.

Ekurhuleni defeated defending champions Western Province 6.5-2.5 in a pressure-packed final round to lift the A section title for the first time at Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate at the 58th SA Women’s Inter-Provincial Championship on Friday.

Ekurhuleni and Western Province began the last day tied on four points after two wins each.

Caitlyn Macnab issued a simple instruction as she led her charges into battle against the crowd favourites. “I told them to win everything.”

“We were one game point behind Western Province, so I told them to go out hard and fast and win everything because one point could make the difference at the end of the day.”

The team responded with a resounding 3-0 lead in the foursomes.

The 58th SA Women’s Inter-Provincial Championship A section champions Ekurhuleni, Casandra Hall, Kyra van Kan, captain Caitlyn Macnab, Teagan Lubbe, Kiera Floyd, Nadia van der Westhuizen and Women’s Golf South Africa vice-president Sarah Braude. Photograph: GolfRSA

Reigning Sanlam SA Women’s stroke play champion Casandra Hall partnered Macnab to a 7 and 5 victory. Nadia van der Westhuizen and Kiera Floyd won 4 and 3 and Kyra van Kan and Teagan Lubbe ensured a clean sweep with a one-up victory.

“There was a huge sense of anticipation after the foursomes,” said Macnab. “We only needed to win three games and we knew we could do it. Everyone was committed to get the job done.”

Hall beat Province number one Vicki Traut 7 and 5 to bank their first point.

Van der Westhuizen knocked out Katia Shaff 5 and 3 to take their tally to five points, but Western Province banker Zayb Fredericks downed Lubbe two-up to give her team a fighting chance.

Williams defeated Macnab 3 and 1 and seasoned campaigner Kelly Erasmus halved against Van Kan to take Western Province’s tally to three points, but it was too little, too late.

Jordan Rothman took Floyd to the final hole, but the 14-year-old sealed the deal when she holed her par putt to win one-up.

“This has been one big team effort,” said Macnab. “I want to applaud all our players, especially our rookies Kyra and Nadia, for their fighting spirit and their never-say-die attitude. This is a team competition and this was a team victory.”

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