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