Golf: Otago Blue yet to lose in pennants

Brandon Hodgson
Brandon Hodgson
Otago Blue beat Chisholm Park 3.5-2.5 to emerge unbeaten after the eight games in the Coastal Senior A pennant series, finishing with 22 points and 37 games.

A tie with St Clair on the Corstorphine course last month was the only hiccup in what would have been a clean sweep for the top Balmacewen team.

Otago Blue will sit out next Saturday and watch with interest the semifinal clash between St Clair and Chisholm Park. Second-placed St Clair has the home advantage.

Park fielded an interesting team for Saturday's match against Otago Blue, including schoolboys Conor Jamison, Cody McMullan and Josh Finnie.

It will be all or nothing next Saturday and the Park selection will be eagerly awaited but there is little doubt the club is gaining strength with home-grown juniors.

The match between the No 1 players was close. Otago's Brandon Hodgson edged ahead of Mark Collie by winning the 16th and 17th holes.

At No 2, five early birdies put Michael Smith in the driving seat and gave Park's Antony McCullough little chance.

Otago No 5 Luke Murdoch also carded a truckload of birdies, beating McMullan on the 16th green, while Phil Bungard (No.3) and Jamison (No. 4) gave Park two wins.

A sensational comeback by Otago No 6 Cameron Grant was the decider which was crucial in the Otago win. Grant was four down to Finnie but made birdies on 15, 17 and 18 to get out of jail.

Otago Gold had its first win of the series with a 4-2 win over North Otago at Balmacewen.

At No 1 Thomas Gillan was the star, starting his round with four birdies which set the scene for an 8 and 6 win at the expense of Waitaki schoolboy Cameron Ryder.

Gold's No 6 Murray Edgar also finished early with a 4 and 3 win over Gary Watling. But the outcome was in doubt until the final matches finished. Otago Gold's Dylan Stock (No 3) and Kris Rush (No 5) both won on the final green to clinch the team win.

Michael Ormandy and John Cunningham were the two successful Oamaruvians. The team bowed out after finishing with seven points and 15 games.