The Pick ‘n Pay Women’s Golf Inter-Provincial Championships have been claimed for a fourth successive year by a dominant Gauteng Lions team, when they beat a persistent North West at Germiston yesterday.
The Lions were top of A Division’s log from the start when impressive performances in the Stroke Play qualifying round placed the team’s 5 in the tournament’s top 40 golfers, earning the Jean Tindall Memorial Trophy.
The North West challenge could not be missed when 14-year-old Bertine Strauss recorded an admirable 5-under 67.
And it was these two who saw the championship down to the wire on the final day, teeing off just before 1pm yesterday under sublime Gauteng spring-time conditions.
With various parts of the Germiston Golf Course in process of landscaping, the hazards added danger to beautiful fairways under elegant willows, against a backdrop of the sparking lake.
Ashleigh Simons was Gauteng Lions’ consistent winner, her demeanour typically calm as she progressed through the inter-provincial matches calmly dispatching top performers Kelli Shean, Sandra Winter and Bertine Strauss.
Gauteng Lions lead the A Inter-Provincial’s A Division, followed by North West, with Southern Cape Flyers and Western Province A taking third and fourth places respectively.
The B Division, contested by Boland A, Gauteng Cats and KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng North A, was won by the later, with non-playing captain Yolandi Storm also happy to capture the title in the B Inter-Provincial’s D Division, contested by Limpopo, Boland B, Gauteng North B and Border.
Eastern Cape signaled their intent to claim B Inter-Provincial’s closely-fought C Division when they took the Nolan Karp Trophy for the Stroke Play qualifying round, and in the end they prevailed in a tight battle over Free State and the Northern Cape, followed by Western Province B and Mpumalanga.