Daniel Slabbert had a tight match against EnglandÂs Dave Ward during round three of the ISPS Handa SA Disabled Match Play Championship, but hung tough for a 2&1 victory.
ÂIt was a tough match,Â said Slabbert. ÂHe played very well, and he used every stroke I gave away. I wanted to hit fairways and greens, knowing that I could make some birdies and put pressure on him and let him make mistakes.Â
The 21-year-old, who plays out of Sishen Golf Club, started strong against the Brit, who soon fought back. It took 17 holes for Slabbert to overcome his competitor and earn his spot in the final.
ÂI got off to a flying start, but he boxed a long one at nine for birdie. I got one back at 10 and then again at the 12th. He started getting it back from the 13th, and we were all-square on the 16th,Â said Slabbert.
The youngster from Kathu showed confidence under pressure, winning the 16th to go 1-up and then draining a beauty on the 17th for victory.
ÂI won the 16th and then boxed a 15-metre halleluiah putt on 17 to secure the win. IÂm hitting the ball really well, and my putting is very good,Â he said.
HeÂll face Conrad Stoltz in the final tomorrow, which is guaranteed to be a cracker.
ÂIÂll see what tomorrow holds. I know Conrad, and heÂs a very good golfer, so I think itÂs going to be fun. Hopefully it will go well, and once again IÂm going to try for birdies and let him make the mistakes,Â said Slabbert.
Stoltz took 18 holes to beat James Hourigan 2-up. The Wanderers Golf Club player headed down the last 1-up, but stamped his claim on a spot in the final with another win at the last to finish two holes clear.