Canterbury have continued to produce top level golf in round five of the NZ Toro Men's Interprovincial which is being played at Clearwater Golf Club this week. The men's team knew they would have a battle on their hands but were patient in their third day of rainy conditions.
Captain of the Fenix Canterbury Men's Team Andrew Green led through 12 moving to 3 up against Jake Lee to help lift his side while the other matches remained tight with only one in it each way. After halving the par 5 14th in birdies, Lee went on to birdie the 15th to bring the margin back to two. Green sealed the 2/1 victory on the 17th hole with a regulation par. Green has been an anchor in the number three position with only one bogey in the last 32 holes.
Kazuma Kobori who was 1 up through 12 also pushed out to a 3 up lead after winning 13 and 14 and then sinking a 14 footer for birdie on 16 for a 4/2 win.
With two matches left on the course, Canterbury needed a win from either Hiroki Miya or Matt McLean to maintain their unbeaten record. Miya played solid golf on the back 9 to work his way into a winning position with a birdies on 12 and 15 to go down 17 dommie up. His opponent Kevin Koong made Miya work for the win with remarkable up and downs on 15 and 17, but with a two putt for par Miya took the victory 2/1. Matt McLean came close to forcing his match against Kit Bittle down the 18th after narrowly missing a long birdie putt on 17.
Canterbury are looking to maintain their unbeaten record with two good wins tomorrow. Canterbury tee off against Bay of Plenty from the first tee at 8.40am and at 1.25pm from the tenth tee against Aorangi.
The Canterbury Team would welcome support from the golfing community as they look to continue to push forward towards a semi final berth on Friday.
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