Gavin Sole (Southbroom) has finally had his arm twisted to play a Mid-Amateur IPT and will captain the team at Kimberley in October.
The main reason is that six players from last year have not made themselves available for the possibility of selection this year.
Only Derek Scullard (Mount Edgecombe CC) and Graham Dickinson (Maritzburg GC) are back from last year.
Tom Lovett (Prince’s Grant) and Koenie Erasmus (Umhlali CC) are the two newcomers, but they’re vastly experienced players.
Corné van Deventer (Vryheid), Sean Baker (Kokstad) and Clive Lazarus (Durban CC) have all played for the mid-am side before.
Neil Champion is the manager.
“It’s a nice team, very new side. Previous sides have done very well and we have their example to maintain and to inspire us,” said Sole.
He and Scullard will feature in both main IPTs this year, with Sole – at the ripe old age of 48 – the captain of both.
Sole is hoping to organise a game between the men’s team and the Mid-Amateurs soon.
So how would that work with him and Scullard in both teams. “We’ll take a half and watch from the clubhouse,” he joked.
He’s looking forward to trying to win the IPT.
“Foursomes will be interesting as always but I think we can do well. A guy like Scully, being the number one mid-am in the country, boosts the team and will inspire the boys,” he said.
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