The Brandon course of the Ashburton Golf Club was the venue for the Annual Canterbury and Aorangi Representative match yesterday.
Players enjoyed excellent overhead and course conditions and the firm conditions were appreciated with firm true greens and some tricky pin positions testing player's course management and putting skills.
In the Senior Men, Canterbury jumped out to a fast start in the morning round to lead 6.5-1.5 after the first 18 holes. Aorangi proved a tougher proposition in the afternoon to narrow the margin with Canterbury coming through 4.5-3.5. So an overall win to Canterbury 11-5. For Canterbury, strong results came from Andrew Green, Reid Hilton and Ben Baker who had 100% win records. All other team members contributed at least a half or full point. Aorangi was well served by their top player Daniel Perham who showed class being unbeaten in the top position, other wins came from Brett Strange and Damian Rodgers.
The Canterbury Men's Senior Team, from left Ian MacGillivray (Mgr), Reid Hilton, Ben Baker, Andrew Green, Matt McLean, Mike Toeke, Richard Reed, Sam Purdon and Hayden Burns.
In the Men's Masters section Aorangi were superior over Canterbury winning by the margin of 8.5-3.5 . In spite of five matches going to the last hole, Aorangi with a very steady and experienced line up proved too good. Andrew Dufton was the only unbeaten Canterbury player with Blair Dibley and Aaron Forsyth contributing a 50% win record. For Aorangi, Jason Leary and Nigel Heney were unbeaten at the top of the order and were well supported by their team mates. Both Associations will lock horns again in a couple of weeks when the South Island Masters Interprovincial is played at the Pegasus Golf Club.
The Junior section competition was even to the last with the spoils being shared three matches a piece. Kansuke Shin for Canterbury and Josh Ackerley for Aorangi were both unbeaten for the day.
Junior players, from left Kansuke Shin, Josh Ackerley, Alex Kelliher, George Gallichan, and Jake Hosking, absent Ben Burgess.
The Canterbury Women proved too strong for Aorangi retaining the Templer Trophy with the winning margin 14.5-5.5. Canterbury players with 100% records were Jasmine Clancy, Jess Crosbie, Maddie May, Amy Weng and Juliana Hung. For Aorangi Pauline Bell was a shining light with a win and a half while Angela Gerken and Catherine Knight provided a win each.
The Canterbury Women's Team, Back row: Amy Weng, Deanna Matthews, Jasmine Clancy, Estelle Lin, Maddie May, Jana Beneke. Front: Hillary O'Connor, Catherine Bell, Jess Crosbie and Juliana Hung.
Overall an enjoyable day at Ashburton with matches being played in a great spirit and both Associations will now look forward to the rest of the up comng representative season.
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