The Woodward Cup Promotion / Relegation match between the highest placed Blank Cup club without a team in Woodward Cup and the team that finished last in Woodward Cup this year faced-off at Russley Golf Club yesterday.
In very warm conditions and the course in great order the stakes were high for the winner, with Avondale and Waimairi Beach competing for the opportunity to play in the 2024 Woodward Cup Interclub competition.
The match was reasonably tight for most of the game, being 4 all after 14 holes, but a stronger finish from Waimairi Beach saw them gain the upper hand over the Avondale Woodward Cup side to win 6-2 and make Waimairi Beach's third attempt for promotion to Woodward Cup a lucky one, allowing them to take their place in the 2024 Woodward Cup competition since 2016.
Marcel Boet halved with Hayden Burns; Lachie Mackay bt Tim Graham 4/3; Taylor Reid halved with Mac Mitchell; Fraser Mearns lost to Teariki Tangiiti 4/3; Ash Watts bt Richard Sinclair 3/1; Ben Williamson bt Louis Edwards 4/3; Chadol Han bt Daniel Vesty 2/1; Ollie Partridge bt Etienne Collier 1 up.
As a result of this year’s competitions winners, Bottle Lake also gained promotion to Blank Cup after winning the Simon Cup and Weedons gained promotion to Simon Cup after winning the Thompson/MacDonald Cup.
The winning Waimairi Beach team from left are Taylor Reid, Chadol Han, Lachie Mackay, Ollie Partridge, Craig Prior (Manager), Ash Watts, Ben Williamson, Fraser Mearns and Marcel Boet.