The Toro Men's Interprovincial title remains wide open after
play today at the Otago Golf Club.
Otago continued their good form this morning with a hard
fought 3 - 2 win in their local derby with Canterbury.
But they let that momentum slip this afternoon when they were
humbled by Tasman 5- 0 to suffer their first loss of the
Fellow Division Two frontrunners Waikato, who also got off to
a perfect start on day one with wins over Hawkes Bay and
Taranaki, also lost their way on day two.
They had the bye this morning and then defending champions
Southland beat them 3 - 1 this afternoon with wins from Scott
Hellier and Liam Balneaves securing the victory.
Southland, who last year won the title for the first time in
60 years, has performed well so far without New Zealand No1
amateur Vaughan McCall.
The men from the deep south have won all three of their
matches to lead division one.
Wellington have also made a solid start to the week at
Their No1 player Marc Jennings got them home this morning
winning one-up at the last hole over Cameron Grant to finish
off a 3 - 2 win over Aorangi.
They backed that up this afternoon with Fraser Maclachlan,
James Donnelly and Adam Church providing the spine of their 3
- 2 over Taranaki.
Auckland is having a mixed time. They were well beaten 4 -1
in round three by Manawatu - Wanganui before they defeated
Aorangi 3-2 in a crucial match for their chances.
Canterbury kept in touch with the leaders after a 3 1/2 - 1
1/2 win over Poverty Bay East Coast.
Poverty Bay provided the upset of the Toro so far when they
defeated North Harbour 4 - 1 in round three.
Bay of Plenty, who has won the Toro six times and has been
one of the most successful in the recent era, beat a
confident young Northland team 3 - 1 this morning before
dismissing North Harbour 4 - 1.
The format of the championship sees the 15 teams split into
two divisions with the top two teams from each division
advancing to the semifinals on Saturday with the final to be
contested on Saturday afternoon.
After two days of action at the oldest golf club in New
Zealand the prized national team's trophy is still wide open.
Round Three Results
Southland 4 Hawkes Bay 1
Tyler McLean bt Richard Squire 2up, Scott Hellier bt Ben
Swinburne 3/1, Liam Balneaves bt Russell Mitchell 1up, Jeremy
Hall bt Max Gill 5/4, Matt Tautari lost to Madison Noakes 2/1
Manawatu / Wanganui 4 Auckland 1
Josh Munn halved with Sam An, Lachie McDonald bt Nick Voke
4/3, Trent Munn bt Tae Koh 5/4, Junior Tatana bt Jonathan
Ratcliffe 4/3, Hayden Ring halved with Josh Leitch
Bay of Plenty 3 Northland 1 1/2
Brad Kendall lost to Luke Brown 2/1, Peter Lee bt Alex Neely
6/4, Sam Davis bt Chase McKeown 1up, Victor Janin halved with
Sean Masters, Landyn Edwards bt Brad Bonnington 2/1
Otago 3 Canterbury 2
Brent McEwan bt Jordan Bakermans 3/2, Michael Smith lost to
Owen Burgess 2down, Samson Kim lost to Harry Bateman 1down,
Brandon Hodgson bt Nic Kay 3/2, Tony Giles bt Tom Turner 5/3
Wellington 3 Aorangi 2
Marc Jennings bt Cameron Grant 1up, Fraser Maclachlan lost
Jordan Green 4/3, James Donnelly bt Garth Simpson 4/3, Adam
Church lost to Damian Rodgers 2down, Peter Brinsdon bt George
Poverty Bay EC 4 North Harbour 1
Steven Donnelly lost to Cam Jones 1down, Andrew Higham bt
Kevin Budden 3/2, William Brown bt James Davis 3/1, Ruel
Pedersen bt David Feeny 3/2, Matthew Mackey bt Jason
Round Four Results
Tasman 5 Otago 0
Blair Riordan bt Brent McEwan 3/2, Hamish Campbell bt Michael
Smith 2/1, Ryan Chisnall bt Samson Kim 2/1, Glenn Drummond bt
Brandon Hodgson 1up, Nick Ludbrook bt Tony Giles 1up
Wellington 3 Taranaki 2
Marc Jennings lost to Brad Hayward 7/6, Fraser Maclachlan bt
Jaime Reid 1up, James Donnelly bt Zac Lewis 3/2, Adam Church
bt Joseph Doyle 2/1, Peter Brinsdon lost to Brook Gray 2/1
Canterbury 3 Poverty Bay EC 1 1/2
Jordan Bakermans bt Steven Donnelly 3/2, Owen Burgess bt
Andrew Higham 6/4, Harry Bateman bt William Brown 5/4, Nic
Kay lost to Ruel Pedersen 1down, Jason Yoo halved with
Southland 3 1/2 Waikato 1
Tyler McLean halved with Compton Pikari, Scott Hellier bt Tom
Brockelsby 4/2, Ho Jun Sung bt Liam Balneaves 5/4, Jeremy
Hall bt Steven Kuggeleijn 2up, Matt Tautari lost to Nick
Auckland 3 Aorangi 2
Sam An bt Cameron Grant 6/5, Nick Voke lost to Jordan Green
2down, Tae Koh bt Garth Simpson 6/5, Jonathan Ratcliffe bt
Damian Rodgers 7/5, Josh Leitch lost to George Wardell 3/2
Manawatu / Wanganui 3 Hawkes Bay 1 1/2
Josh Munn halved with Richard Squire, Lachie McDonald bt Ben
Swinburne 1up, Trent Munn bt Russell Mitchell 5/4, Junior
Tatana lost to Madison Noakes 3/2, Hayden Ring bt Carlos
Bay of Plenty 4 North Harbour 1
Brad Kendall bt Cam Jones 4/3, Peter Lee bt Kevin Budden 2/1,
Sam Davis bt James Davis 5/4, Victor Janin bt David Feeny
3/2, Landyn Edwards lost to Jason Gulasekharam 4/3