EASTERN Province's leading golfers will be fighting the odds as they gun for A Section promotion at next week's interprovincial at Rustenburg Golf Club.
Last year, EP missed an ideal opportunity to attain A-flight status when the interprovincial was held at Port Elizabeth Golf Club.
This year, Naldo Claassen's team will find the going even tougher up country as they attempt to pull themselves out of the B Section.
The team have had numerous practice sessions but the feeling is there are a few members who may be undercooked in their preparation. The morning foursomes will once again be key and a fast start in that format goes a long to way to securing victory.
Sieg Human and Fezekile Kana are expected to play at the top of the singles matches.
The other members of the EP team are Andile Adam, Attie Burger, David Konzani, Karl du Preez, Mzuyanda Zingela and Claassen.
This year marks the first time the North West golf club will host South Africa's most prestigious amateur team event. The tournament is played in two sections, with six teams contesting the A Section and seven the B Section. Each team comprises eight players.
For the first time in the history of the national team championships, two defending champions will lead the A Section charge. In an epic final round battle in Port Elizabeth, Western Province and Boland were forced to share the spoils when both sides finished on exactly the same points and games points.
The other teams competing for A Division victory include Central Gauteng, Gauteng North, KwaZulu- Natal and Southern Cape, who earned promotion at PEGC.
Meanwhile, North West will aim to exploit their home course advantage to secure promotion against Border, Eastern Province, Ekurhuleni, Free State and Northern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
The Mid-Amateur interprovincial will be played at Durban Country Club from October 13-18.
Four members of the interprovincial team in Burger, Konzan, Du Preez and Zingela will also form part of the EP mid-amateur side along with Johnny Ludick, Morris Olivier, Patrick Ludick and Ryno Ferreira. The team will be managed by Joseph Matiwana.
The team were relegated to the B Section last season, but much is expected of them this season with the tournament being held in familiar conditions at the coast.
Nelson Mandela Bay golfers have been urged to enter the following two events as soon as possible: the 36-hole Prestige Open at Uitenhage GC on October 6 and the 54-hole EP Amateur Strokeplay Championship at PEGC on November 2 and 3. Entry forms are available at all clubs.