October 2018

Cole Stevens (front row, second from left) with his victorious Central Gauteng side.

Cole tastes success with Central

Cole Stevens has been a revelation in South African junior golf this year. The SAGDB's top player in Central Gauteng has consistently challenged for top honours in tournaments around the country.

Last month he showed that he can mix it with the best amongst the seniors as well. Cole was part of the dominant Central Gauteng team that secured the South African Inter-Provincial Tournament (IPT) title with a round to spare.

Playing in his first senior IPT, Cole was at his best in the singles, winning three of his five matches. He also won one from five in the foursomes.

“Not many people thought we could do it,” said Central Gauteng team manager Jaco du Plessis after the victory. “We were probably third or fourth on the list of favourites against the coastal teams, but our players definitely validated their selection.

“Our results so far this week testify to the incredible spirit of this team, their commitment to perform for each other and it is proof positive that the system we have in Central Gauteng breeds success,” he added.

Central Gauteng sounded a loud warning to the rest of the A-Section title contenders when they handed Free State a 9.5 – 2.5 drubbing in the opening round. On day two, they then mowed down Gauteng North 8.5 – 3.5.

The youthful side showed great determination and a lot of heart to grind out a hard-fought for 7 – 5 victory over Ekurhuleni in the freezing cold, sweeping rain and gale force winds on day three. They then sealed the win with a 6.5 – 5.5 result against KwaZulu-Natal in the fourth round.

Although they lost the final game to Southern Cape 8.5 – 3.5, the victory was already in the bag.