The annual Town vs Country Representative fixture was held at McLeans Island Golf course yesterday in overcast but fine conditions with the course in good condition with the greens worked on just hours before tee off.
In true Town vs Country tradition players of various clubs from each region were on display with Town having representatives from 10 different clubs (Avondale, Bottle Lake, Clearwater, Coringa, Templeton, Waimairi Beach, Russley, Christchurch, Harewood, and Waitikiri) with Country having 7 clubs represented (Amberley, Amuri, Pegasus, Hororata, Weedons, and Kaiapoi.) With plenty of playing quality across both teams the fixture, which acts as one of the trial events for the Canterbury representative season, was sure to be a tight and impressive occasion across both the Senior and Masters categories.
In the Senior space, the morning foursomes saw Town take a narrow lead 4-2 with the biggest win going to the pairing of Richard Reed and Marcel Boet over Country's Taylor Hosking and Dominic Brettkelly. With two A/S results too the format was tightly contested. The afternoon's singles format followed suit with each team taking 6 points respectively with 5 wins and an A/S a piece. Standout performances include Country's Dominic Brettkelly's 7/6 victory over Yuki Miya in the battle of the 2's and Dan Laughton's 7/5 victory over Jason Sincock at number 5. Alongside the two halves, there two other 1Up results highlighting the tight contest, however, overall Town took out the Senior title 10-8.
In the master's space, Country took the morning format with a narrow 2.5-1.5 lead courtesy of two 1Up victories to pairings David Grater/Alisdair Reid and Jonathan Stieller/Shaun Payne. In the afternoon however the Town team managed to turn the fixture around amassing 5.5 points to Country's 2.5. Standout performances included Andrew Dufton's 7/6 victory over Mike Boshoff with Country's Alisdair Reid and Simon Edwards also collecting individual victoreis 3/1 and 2Up respectively. Overall however the Town masters managed to complete the double on the day with 7-5 victory.
The fixture also provided the opportunity to incorporate a Canterbury Junior Boys trial event with the selectors aiming to see some of the region's young talent go head to head. Six different clubs were represented amongst the juniors- Christchurch, Clearwater, Everglades, Russley, Avondale and Harewood.
Thanks to McLeans Island Golf club for their great hospitality and going the extra mile to prepare the greens the morning of and the excellent lunches and services post event.
Full results can be viewed - HERE