Two matches completed, others abandoned amid downpour

Matt Tautari
Matt Tautari
Wet weather wreaked havoc and caused controversy during round eight of the Senior A metropolitan pennant series at the weekend.

Players across the city teed off in damp conditions and play was largely unaffected until rain set in mid-afternoon, causing greens to flood and confusion over abandonments.

Two fixtures crossed the finish line, despite arguably unplayable conditions a few holes out from home. The fixture between St Clair and Taieri Lakes was abandoned, despite players approaching the clubhouse.

The home side will feel hard done by, having already secured 3.5 games but must replay the fixture.

At Island Park, the home side had its nose in front, despite needing a result from the final match to ice the result against Chisholm Links. Players were greeted by severe surface water from the 15th green onward.

Park No3 Brent Butler continued his good form, beating Sean Geary 8/6 before Park No6 Lawrence Graham overcame a broken driver to defeat Matt Heaton on the 15th green.

Links No1 Matt Tautari came from behind defeating Joseph Hancock for the Links’ first game but when Park No2 Jarden Hammond downed Mackenzie Gibson, the home side was set for its first win of the season.

But Links No5 Mike Bowman threw the visiting team a lifeline, wearing down Michael Minty to win on the last hole.

Park captain Monty Wong had fought his way back to all square on the last against Jayden Smith but when Smith found tree trouble, the result was all but a forgone conclusion, despite both halving the last in bogeys for a 3.5-2.5 result to Island Park.

At Balmacewen, the two club sides fought out a 3-3 draw with players and caddies using bunker rakes to push water aside in order to complete the fixture.

It was age to the fore with everyone over the age of 40 having a day out in the rain.

Bombers No1 John McIntee defeated Henry Hodgson 7/5 while Bombers No4 Jason Hughes defeated Will MacLachlan to add to the ladder-leader’s tally.

B52’s No3 Andrew Hobbs added to the masters tally defeating Will Young. He was joined by team-mate Paul Hubbard and his gardening gloves proved the difference, defeating Ben Patston.

Bombers No5 Duncan Croudis earned his side’s third game over Matt Weir while B52s No6 Tom Lee held off a fast-finishing Callum Judkins to win 2 up on the final green.

St Clair now has two games in hand while Taieri Lakes and the Bombers have one game in hand and in the only change on the ladder, Island Park relegates Taieri Lakes to the bottom.

 - Michael Minty

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