Compton Pikari (Waikato) drives from the 13th tee during
his match against Tyler McLean (Southland) in the fourth
round of the men's interprovincial championships at
Balmacewen in Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Otago's winning streak came to a sudden halt at the
interprovincial championships at the Otago Golf Club yesterday
The home side extended its winning run to three matches with
a 3-2 win against Canterbury during the morning's round.
Otago captain Brent McEwan beat Canterbury No 1 Jordan
Bakermans 3 and 1 and Brandon Hodgson and Tony Giles also
But Tasman, with the benefit of a bye in the morning, lay in
wait and ambushed Otago in a 5-0 drubbing.
Tasman was just that more desperate than Otago having only
managed a draw with Canterbury and a defeat to Northland on
the opening day.
McEwan was philosophical about his side's disappointing
The team is still well-placed.
One more win from its remaining two round-robin games might
be enough to secure a semifinal berth on Saturday - two will
definitely do the trick.
''The boys went all right this morning but just struggled in
the afternoon,'' McEwan said.
''The Tasman team is a very good team and are at a similar
level to us, so that is just the way it goes.
We are still in a good position and our fate is still in our
''We have to be happy with where we are at. It has been a
good start, really.''
McEwan's 3 and 2 loss to Tasman's Blair Riordan was his first
defeat of the tournament.
The pair were even through the first 11 holes but a rare
mistake from McEwan proved costly.
He missed the green on the 161m 12th hole and found himself
down the bank behind some trees and trying to chip back on.
He duffed the shot and lost the hole and Riordan birdied the
13th to go 2-up.
''I had a terrible, terrible shot on the 12th. It was just a
bad mental error, really. From there the momentum was on his
Otago plays Bay of Plenty this morning and Northland on
Defending champion Southland beat Hawkes Bay 4-1 and Waikato
Scott Hellier, Liam Balneaves and Jeremy Hall remain
undefeated but Southland's No 1 Tyler McLean was all square
with Waikato's Compton Pikari after going 3-up through the
opening five holes.
Manawatu-Wanganui bounced back from a disappointing loss to
Wellington on Tuesday with wins against Auckland (4-1) and
Hawkes Bay (3-1).
Wellington had 3-2 wins against Aorangi in the morning and
Taranaki in the afternoon.
Canterbury rebounded from its loss to Otago with a
comprehensive win over Poverty Bay.
North Harbour struggled, losing both its matches after
beating Northland 4-1 on the opening day, while its opponent
in the afternoon, Bay of Plenty, is unbeaten after three