Otago and Waikato made perfect starts to the Toro Men's
Interprovincial at the Otago Golf Club today.
The weather was fine this morning at the oldest golf club in
New Zealand before the wind picked up this afternoon and made
scoring challenging for the best 75 golfers from around New
The Otago team, who were playing in front of sizeable and
parochial crowds, began in confident fashion this morning
when they hammered Poverty Bay 5-0 and then backed that up
with a gritty 3-2 win over 2005 champions North Harbour to
"I don't think the expectations are too big on us because we
are a pretty inexperienced team," said Otago No2 Michael
Smith who won both of his matches comfortably.
Smith said he was inspired by his No.1 Brent McEwan who led
from the front all day and was a collective nine under par
for his two wins over Steven Donnelly (Poverty Bay) and Cam
Jones (North Harbour).
"It is pretty easy when you are playing in front of him and
you turn around and he is hitting darts right by the hole all
day. He is going to be tough to stop around here. He is one
of the best golfers in Otago if not New Zealand."
Smith was also proud of his own efforts. Particularly in the
second match against when he turned his team's fortunes
around with a come-from-behind win over Kevin Budden.
"I was three down through three but got back into the match
and then made some birdies after the turn. It was pleasing to
get that win that we needed.
The young Waikato team, who are looking to win the title for
the first time in five years, were just as impressive as they
managed wins over Hawkes Bay and Taranaki both by the margin
of 4 -1.
There is a long way to go with the leading six teams from the
2011 event having the bye today. They will look to make up
significant ground tomorrow.
Defending champions Southland, with NZ No1 Vaughan McCall
away at the Australian Open, were ruthless in dispatching
Aorangi 5-0 this afternoon.
Auckland, the second most successful team in history began
their 2012 campaign with a 4 -1 win over Hawkes Bay this
The most successful team Wellington also managed a win in
their only match this morning by 3-2 over Manawatu-Wanganui.
One of the pre-tournament favourites Canterbury was looking
likely to be upset early on by Tasman.
The Tasman No3 Ryan Chisnall and No4 Glen Drummond put the
pressure on the Red and Black when they won their two points
to put Tasman in a position where they couldn't lose the
Canterbury's leading players rallied however to secure a
Jordan Bakermans, who recently played well in Argentina
finishing runner-up at the Juan Carlos with team-mate Josh
Munn, beat fellow New Zealand rep Blair Riordan one-up at the
last hole and Canterbury No2 Owen Burgess beat Hamish
Campbell 3 and 2 to halve the match.
The young promising Northland team got off to a poor start
this morning but won 3-2 this afternoon over Tasman.
There is still everything to play for at Balmacewen and
Waikato and hosts Otago will be happiest with their day one
efforts in the national team's championship.
Toro Men's Interprovincial Round One and Two Scores - Otago
Golf Club, Dunedin
Round One Scores:
Taranaki 3 Aorangi 2
Brad Hayward bt Cameron Grant 5/4, Jaime Reid bt Jordan Green
5/4, Zac Lewis bt Garth Simpson 5/4, Joseph Doyle lost to
Damian Rodgers 2up, Brook Gray bt George Wardell 4/3
North Harbour 4 Northland 1
Cam Jones bt Luke Brown 2up, Kevin Budden lost to Alex Neely
2up, James Davis bt Chase McKeown 1up, David Feeny bt Sean
Masters 1up, Jason Gulasekharam bt Brad Bonnington 5/3
Wellington 3 Manawatu/Wanganui 2
Marc Jennings bt Josh Munn 5/4, Fraser McLachlan bt Lachie
McDonald 2/1, James Donnelly lost to Trent Munn 2/1, Adam
Church lost to Junior Tatana 1down, Peter Brinsdon bt Hayden
Waikato 4 Hawkes Bay 1
Compton Pikari lost to Richard Squire 1down, Luke Toomey bt
Ben Swinburne 4/3, Tom Brockelsby bt Russell Mitchell 4/2, Ho
Jun Sung bt Max Gill 3/2, Steven Kuggeleijn bt Madison Noakes
Otago 5 Poverty Bay East Coast 0
Brent McEwan bt Steven Donnelly 4/3, Michael Smith bt Andrew
Higham 5/4, Samson Kim bt William Brown 1up, Brandon Hodgson
bt Ruel Pedersen 6/5, Tony Giles bt Matthew Mackey 5/4
Canterbury 2 Tasman 2
Jordan Bakermans bt Blair Riordan 1up, Owen Burgess bt Hamish
Campbell 3/2, Harry Bateman lost to Ryan Chisnall 1down, Nic
Kay lost to Glen Drummond 1down, Tom Turner halved with Nick
Round Two Scores:
Auckland 4 Hawkes Bay 1
Sam An bt Richard Squire 2/1, Nick Voke bt Ben Swinburne 3/2,
Tae Koh lost to Russell Mitchell 2/1, Jonathan Ratcliffe bt
Madison Noakes 7/6, Josh Leitch bt Carlos Tawera 1up
Otago 3 North Harbour2
Brent McEwan bt Cam Jones 4/3, Michael Smith bt Kevin Budden
3/2, Samson Kim bt James Davis 5/4, Brandon Hodgson lost to
David Feeney 2/1, Tony Giles lost to Jason Gulasekharam 2/1
Waikato 4 Taranaki 1
Compton Pikari bt Brad Hayward 2/1, Luke Toomey lost to Jaime
Reid 1up, Tom Brockelsby bt Zac Lewis 2/1, Ho Jun Sung bt
Joseph Doyle 3/2, Steven Kuggeleijn bt Brook Gray 2up
Southland 5 Aorangi 0
Tyler McLean bt Cameron Grant 2/1, Scott Hellier bt Jordan
Green 6/5, Liam Balneaves bt Garth Simpson 5/4, Jeremy Hall
bt Damian Rodgers 5/4, Matt Tautari bt George Wardell 3/2
Bay of Plenty 4 Poverty Bay EC 1
Brad Kendall bt Steven Donnelly 5/3, Peter Lee Andrew Higham
2/1, Sam Davis William Brown 7/6, Victor Janin Ruel Pedersen
1up, Landyn Edwards lost to Matthew Mackey 1down
Northland 3 Tasman 2
Luke Brown bt Blair Riordan 1up, Alex Neely bt Hamish
Campbell 1up, Chase McKeown lost to Ryan Chisnall 5/3, Sean
Masters bt Glenn Drummond 2/1, Nick Ludbrook lost to 2/1