WP disabled golfers win cup

2016-02-16 06:00
 The victorious Western Province team enjoying their moment with the trophy of the South African Disabled Golf Association’s Hollard Provincial Challenge. Back row from left are: Riaan Spreeth, Trevor Reich, Pieter Verwey (captain), Ryan Lotz and Morne Cronje. Front: Ignation Douries. PHOTO: Ernest Blignault

The victorious Western Province team enjoying their moment with the trophy of the South African Disabled Golf Association’s Hollard Provincial Challenge. Back row from left are: Riaan Spreeth, Trevor Reich, Pieter Verwey (captain), Ryan Lotz and Morne Cronje. Front: Ignation Douries. PHOTO: Ernest Blignault

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Western Province’s golfers proved yet again that golf is played on grass, not paper, as the four bankers and 17-year-old rookie Ignation Douries sealed a hat trick of victories in the Hollard Provincial Challenge of the South African Disabled Golf Association (SADGA) on Sunday.

Over 36 holes of rousing shot making and spirited competition, WP rallied to triumph with 11.5 points, defeating defending champions Rest of Country (ROC) by two points. Gauteng finished a close third with nine points.

The competition was hosted by ReichmansCapital at Zwartkop Country Club.

There were lots of doubting Thomases who didn’t believe that Douries would keep pace with deaf player Ryan Lotz and the experienced leg amputees Morne Cronje, Riaan Spreeth and Trevor Reich.

Douries collected two points for WP in the first round and surprised with unexpected determination at the closing hole in the final round.

Standing on the 18th tee, Douries was one down to Virgil Foster from Gauteng and all square with Nico Wentzel from ROC after the former Nedbank SA Disabled Open champion won the 17th hole.

“It was very, very tight at the end, but Douries handled the pressure like a real pro,” says proud WP skipper Pieter Verwey.

“We had 10 points in hand, but ROC was on 9.5 points and Gauteng had 8.5 points. Douries had to halve against Foster and beat Wentzel to win the Provincial Challenge for us. It was touch and go, but Ignation was like a little terrier that just wouldn’t let go.

“Experience is always great, but there is a huge case to be made for youthful exuberance, because Douries really did himself as well as WP and the SADGA development initiative – the first swing programme – very proud.”

Douries and Lotz both collected three points for WP, Spreeth amassed two points and Cronje won the Most Valuable Player honour for the champion with 3.5 points.

“Reich didn’t contribute any points this year, but the team awarded him a gold star for inspiring everyone else to greatness,” says Verwey.

“Of course that means he pays for all the celebratory drinks.”


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