SOUTH Africa was in a dominant position after the first day of the two-day golf Test against Scotland at Leopard Creek Country Club near Malelane in Mpumalanga.
With 9,5 points to Scotland's 4,5, South Africa went into yesterday's second and final day in a comfortable position and were favourites to win the inaugural Leopard Trophy.
After a rain delay on the first afternoon, two singles matches were concluded early yesterday morning.
With both matches having two holes of play left, Aaron Russell (South Africa) beat Mark Bookless (Scotland) 1 up. In the other match Gordon Yates (Scotland) overcame South African team captain Ryan Dreyer, 1 up, to secure Scotland one further point.
The first day started with one singles and four foursomes matches. In the singles, South Africa's Dean O'Riley went out first against Greg Paterson and won a closely contested match, 1 up.
In the following foursomes, the South Africans won two matches and did lose one, with Jared Harvey and Danie van Tonder going down to Scotland's Mark Bookless and Gordon Yates 2 and 1.
Two promising Scottish juniors, Jack Macdonald and Scott Gibson together managed to get a half in their foursome match against South Africa's Riekus Nortje and Johan Bekker.
Going into the afternoon matches, with a two-point advantage, the South Africans dominated the singles. But Scotland's Glenn Campbell got the better of South Africa's No 1 ranked amateur, Dean O'Riley. - Sapa