Otago v Chisholm, Island Park v St Clair in playoffs

After 10 rounds of testing matchplay in the Metropolitan men's Senior A pennant series, it is decided at last.

Otago will play Chisholm and Island Park will play St Clair in the start-again playoffs on the Taieri Lakes course on Saturday, June 8.

Otago will start as the favourite after finishing the 10 rounds with 22 points, having won seven and drawn one of its eight games this year.

But that stands for nothing in two weeks' time, as all points and games are wiped with the semifinal winners meeting in the final in the afternoon.

On Saturday, Otago sent a clear message to its rivals with a 6-0 win over Chisholm on the Balmacewen course.

Chisholm was the only team to halt the Balmacewen juggernaut on Chisholm Links earlier in the competition but will need to repeat the effort on a neutral course in the semifinal.

Otago has three of the five golfers selected to represent Otago last year with Callum Judkins, Brandon Hodgson and Duncan Croudis in the team.

Add to this the national left-handed golfer Ben Patston, and Nick Borren and the team should qualify to play in the provincial finals.

Although Taieri was out of contention, the team decided which team was third or fourth, halving with St Clair on the Taieri Lakes course on Saturday.

Ryan Rosevear and Blair Bennant posted wins for Taieri, while Matt Crawford and Tony Giles won their games for St Clair.

The remaining two games were halved as promising junior Taieri's Hayden Robertson suffered his first loss of the series.

The draw tied St Clair with Chisholm on 10 points and the Corstorphine team had 22.5 games.

Starting the final round on 21.5 points, Chisholm needed one game to tie and more to finish third, but finished fourth after the 6-0 drubbing at Balmacewen.


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