Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Scotland and South Africa are deadlocked at 6pt apiece at the halfway stage of the two-day golfing Test Match for the Leopard Trophy at Leopard Creek Golf Club, Malelane, South Africa today (WED).
The Scottish Golf Union squad did very pull themselves up level again after losing the opening foursomes 3-1.  The fighting Scots won the afternoon singles 5-3.
The omens are good if this is an action replay of the 2014 match. It was also 6-6 after the first day before the Scots went on to win 14-10.
"Our boys were pretty downtrodden after the Foursomes, but they came back with vigour in the Singles," said SGU coach and former European Tour player, David Orr.
"The set-up in the morning session caught them out, but they stuck to their strategies and game plans in the Singles to turn the tide. They executed really well to put us back in the contest.
"We'll have a chat about the Foursomes this evening and decide on some strategies for the final round. The games are going to be really tight and we will see some great battles unfolding down the home stretch on Thursday."
Scotland's winners in the singles were Connor Syme, Craig Ross, Scott Gibson, Greig Marchbank and Jamie Savage. Ewen Ferguson and Danny Young halved their games.
In the morning, the only Scots winners were Ferguson and Ross who took only 10 holes to win the top foursomes.

Day 1 results
Leopard Creek, Malelane, S Africa
Scottish names first
Ewen Ferguson & Craig Ross bt Tristen Strydo and Paul Boshoff 9 and 8
Connor Syme and Ben Kinsley lost to Teaghan Gauche and Jason Smith 4 and 3
Greig Marchbank and Scott Gibson lost to Matthew Spacey and Hendrikus Stoop 2 and 1
Danny Young and Jamie Savage lost to Stefan Cronje and Gerlou Roux 6 and 5.

Ferguson halved with Strydom
Syme bt Jason Smith 1 hole
Ross bt Paul Boshoff 2 and 1
Gibson bt Gauche 2 and 1
Kinsley lost to Spacey 2 and 1
Marchbank bt Hendrikus Stoop 2 and 1
Young halved with Gerlou Roux
Savage lost to Stefan Cronje 5 and 4



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