Harewood's Matt McLean is in hot form at the Canterbury Matchplay beginning his quarter-final match this afternoon with a birdie blitz that saw him 5 under par after 8 holes and 5up against Dan Laughton who was even par. To his credit Laughton fought back and got it to 3dwn, but the par 3 13th hole undid him when McLean chipped in from 40 feet for birdie and Laughton missed a five footer to match him. McLean won at the next hole 5/4.
McLean will play Oscar Cadenhead in the semi-final tomorrow morning. His match against Sam Purdon was close most of the way until mid way through the back nine when Purdon made a couple of bogeys and went 3dwn - a position he couldn't recover from, eventually losing 4/2.
In the other quarter-finals Tom Parker has beaten Scott Manyweathers 4/3. A slow start cost Manyweathers as Parker jumped out to an early lead. He played par golf for the remainder of the match but this was not good enough to overcome Parker. He will play Hiroki Miya who was 2up with two to play against Kazuma Kobori, until Kobori went birdie-birdie to send the match to extra holes. He sunk a 20 footer on 17, and an eight footer on 18 to prolong the match. However Miya has made birdie on the first extra hole to take the match, and book his place in the semis. Both boys played some fantasic golf showing the form which took them to the Boys Interprovincial title as part of the Canterbury team.
In men's div 2 Ben Baker will play Austin Hamilton, and Steven Yang will play Hayden Burns in the semi-finals tomorrow morning.
The men's masters quarter-finals have been close affairs with three matches being won 1up. In the semi-finals Jonathan Stieller will play Jeremy Goodman, and Aaron Forsyth will play defending champ Blair Dibley.
This morning McLean comfortably beat Tom Wilson 5/4, after being top qualifier yesterday - his morning round of 67 was the best of the day by far.
On his home course, and confidence running high it is hard to see McLean being beaten. However NZ Junior Rep Tom Parker may have something to say about it after beating his Canterbury team-mate Dominic Brettkelly 1up this morning. Past champion Oscar Cadenhead, and defending champion Hiroki Miya are also still in the mix.
Meanwhile Juliana Hung has also impressed in her title defence. She beat Kim Moggach 6/5 this morning to set up a semi-final against Canterbury team-mate Olive Tapu tomorrow morning. The other semi will be between Catherine Bell and Fuuka Higashi who is playing very well.
The women's masters will see Cheryl Kemp play Debbie Scott, and Kathryn Baker play Di Kay.