EASTERN Province wrap up their match preparations for next month's interprovincial at PE Golf Club with a fixture against the EP mid-amateur side at The Hill on Sunday.
Naldo Claassen's eight-man team were given a wake-up call in their matches against the mid-amateur and under-19 sides and will be looking for a turnaround this weekend.
Mzuyanda Zingela and Ryno Ferreira, who are regular and experienced mid-amateur players, played for the EP side in the practice match at St Francis Links.
But even though the mid-amateur team was weakened, they still managed to give the more fancied EP side a good run for their money with replacements Greg and Rhalf Manuel doing well.
EP beat the mid-ams 4-0 in the morning foursomes and the under-19s 3-1.
But it was in the singles that EP stuttered and stumbled.
Andile Adam at No8 halved with Greg Manuel and beat Granwell Gelderbloem 5/4, while Zingela at No7 halved Rhalf Manuel and beat Brian Wessels 4/2.
No6 Ferreira lost one down to Karl du Preez but beat Wijan Klein 1up. No5 Fezekile Kana lost one down to Gareth Calder and beat Francois Smith 6/5. Claassen at No4 lost 2/1 to Morris Olivier and by the same margin to Ronald Baxter.
Sieg Human (3) beat David Konzani 4/3 and beat Alwyn Griebenow 6/5 while Andre van Staden (2) lost 5/4 to Attie Burger but beat Michael Mayberry 1 up.
No1 Ray Taverner was whipped in both his matches, losing 7/5 to Anton Prinsloo and 6/5 to Hando Brophy.
The upshot was that EP hung on to a 6-6 draw with the mid-ams while beating the under-19s 9-3.
Manager Richard Hargreaves was concerned by the cavalier attitude of some of the EP players, who needed to practise.
Humewood's Claassen had rounds of 73 and 69 for a tournament total of two-under 142. That was good enough to beat Mark Lloyd (PEGC, 73 70), Attie Burger (U'hage, 72 71) and Sieg Human (U'hage, 68 75).
142 – Naldo Claassen (Humewood) 73 69
143 – Mark Lloyd (PEGC) 73 70 Attie Burger (Uitenhage) 72 71 Sieg Human (Uit) 68 75
144 – Andile Adam (Hume) 74 70 Mzuyanda Zingela (Hume) 73 71
145 – Kyle Stevens (Cradock) 75 70 Ray Taverner (PEGC) 73 72
147 – Jaco Marais (Cradock) 72 75 Fezekile Kana (Hume) 74 75
148 – Pieter Rademeyer (Hum) 80 70
150 – Andre Muller (Cradock) 77 73 Ryno Ferreira (Uit) 76 74 Donavan Tam (Cradock) 76 74 Alwyn Griebenow (PEGC) 74 76
151 – Morris Olivier (Uit) 75 76 Andre van Staden (PEGC) 74 77
152 – Johnny Ludick (Graaff) 80 72 Patrick Ludick (Graaff) 75 77
153 – Phillippie Wolfaardt (Graaff) 77 76
156 – Hadley Fourie (Graaff) 75 81
157 – Karl du Preez (Uit) 82 75 Donovan Arries (Graaff) 79 78
158 – Archie Welman (Graaff) 83 75 Moolman Olivier (Uit) 77 81
A BIG field of 108 players contested the regional final of the Sanlam Cancer Challenge at Uitenhage recently.
The winners, who will contest the national finals at Sun City on October 22-23, were:
Men: A Div: Ivan Daniels (Alex GC) 40 points; B Div: Rudi de Beer (PEGC) 37; C Div: Floris Weideman (Shark River) 38
Women: A Div: Minette Olivier (UGC) 40 points; B Div: Jean Fynn (St Francis Bay GC) 42; C Div: Gerry Bicknell (Walmer GC) 43