Players finally enjoyed some great spring conditions for round 5 of the Woodward Cup competition which was played at Christchurch Golf Club.
The host team Christchurch had a battle on its hands to secure the win over Avondale narrowly getting there 4.5-3.5, with a nail bitting finish with the number one players Marcel Boet and Hayden Burns going down the 18th hole which resulted in a half. Jordan Bakermans, JJ Love, Richard Reed and John Wilson posted solid wins for the Christchurch team. Avondale will be pleased to have pushed the defending Woodward Cup winners to the wire with James Bosewell, Aaron Pablecheque and Aaron Reid with wins in the closing holes.
Harewood had their first draw in the round robin after holding the perfect record with three wins. Waitikiri was strong in the lower order with Richard Belcher, Brett Turner and Chris Bond all winning along with Aaron Forsyth who had a convincing win over Robert Gregory 6/5 in the number three position. Harewood's Matt McLean maintains his unbeaten record with three wins after beating Daniel Hobbs 5/4 with Blair Dibley also winning by the same margin over Jin Sung Kim and Scott Manyweathers and Antony Dale winning 4/2 and 4/3 respectively.
Clearwater and Coringa also had a close tussle with the teams tied four all. Jake Hallinan, Matt Adam and Austin Hamilton posted wins in the top three positions for Clearwater along with Noel Chambers who beat Steven Yang 2/1. Peter Fox, John Rademakers, Grant Mercer and S Y Park posted the four wins for Coringa.
The match between Russley and Pegasus was tight with three matches going down the 18 hole going in favour of Russley who won 5.5-2.5 games. Dominic Brettkelly bounced back from a defeat last week with a 3/1 win over Kazuma Kobori who was previously unbeaten. Hiroki Miya, Owen Burgess, Hamish Kerr and Garth Treacy also posted wins with Reid Hilton finishing with a halve against Matt Burns. Peter Brinsdon and Brandon Parker had wins for the Pegasus team.
Templeton, who sit at the top of the table with Harewood on seven points had another good win against Bottle Lake 5.5-2.5 games. The top order Sam Purdon and Tom Wilson had convincing wins 5/3 and 4/3 respectively along with Phil Bungard, Paul Brightwell and Rhys Wilson with Dan Laughton halving his match against Jason Campbell. Bottle Lake's Kieran Sharvin beat James Robb 2/1 and Kris O'Neill beat Dave Shannon 7/5.
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This Sunday Clearwater will close the first double round of the season will tee off at 8am.