Metropolitan senior series set to be a stunner

Island Park’s Mike Wray attempts to sink a putt during the Metropolitan senior A pennant series...
Island Park’s Mike Wray attempts to sink a putt during the Metropolitan senior A pennant series at Island Park Golf Course on Saturday. PHOTO: LINDA ROBERTSON
If round one was anything to go by then the Metropolitan senior A pennant series looks set to be an excitement machine in 2024.

From a 5-1 drubbing of the Bombers at the hands of Saints to the first sudden-death playoff which has been implemented to reduce the amount of draws that have been occurring in such a tight competition.

Island Park prevailed at home on Saturday over the Otago B52s after Michael Minty two-putted for birdie on the 292m par 4 first hole to defeat Will McLauchlan to earn maximum points for Park.

The home side secured three early points with wins to Minty, Brent Butler and Jarden Hammond, while Will McLauchlan prevailed in the representative battle 6/4 over Phil Bungard. Lewis Harper beat Kade Haley-Broderick while Andrew Hobbs fought on to beat Mike Wray on the last green to force the playoff.

At Balmacewen the St Clair Saints relished naming a strong side against the Bombers who looked a little light on paper.

Wins to Conor Jamison, Tony Giles, Conor Howes, Jakob Bleach and Jacob Bellamy secured a near perfect result with Ben Patston (Bombers) spoiling the party to defeat Parker Aluesi.

At Taieri Lakes, an understrength Taieri side struggled against a solid Chisholm Links outfit who clinched key away points with a 4-2 victory.

Former Devils player Luke Worthington debuted in style for the Links earning first points over Jarred Mitchell 4/2, before Jarred Haig also made a winning debut for Taieri to beat Mike Bowman. But the visitors soon locked up at least a half with margin wins for Blair Liffiton and John McIntee.

Links No 4 Kai Koni sowed up the result turning 1 up on the 18th before defeating Josh Boath on the final green while Taieri No 1 Blair Bennett earn a consolation 2 up win over Jason Pegler.

By Michael Minty