Canterbury's premier interclub competitons, the Woodward and Pollock Cups, are well underway with last weekend's play seeing round three being completed for the Woodward Cup at Russley Golf Club, and round two for the Pollock Cup being completed at Pegasus Golf Club.
The host club had started their campaign with wins over Pegasus and Weedons, and did not disappoint in round three with a comprehensive 6.5-1.5 win over Waitikiri. Reid Hilton, Hiroki Miya, Ben Baker, Michael McAuley, Owen Burgess, and Andrew Dufton all had wins, while Regan Kilpatrick halved with Woo Bong Kim. Canterbury Masters rep Brett Turner was the sole victor for Waitikiri beating Taylor Hosking 4/3.
There was much interest in the Harewood v Pegasus match, particularly with No. 1's Matt McLean and Kazuma Kobori squaring off. On this occasion Kazuma was too strong winning 4/2, and leading his team to a 4.5-3.5 victory overall. The other wins went to Zach May, Phil Stephens, and Nathan Gilbert, while Peter Brinsdon halved with Scott Manyweathers. For Harewood the wins came at the bottom of the order to Daniel Lundt, Sam Watkinson, and Kerry Branson.
Templeton got their first win beating Bottle Lake 5.5-2.5. At the top-of-the-order Mike Berry got a good half against Canterbury rep Andrew Green, with Tom Wilson, Ryan Bellamy, Jordon Latter, Rhys Wilson, and Lance Gahan then chiming in with wins for Templeton. Kieran Sharvin and Steve Dellow won for Bottle Lake.
Hororata put up a good fight against Avondale with many close matches but eventually succumbed 5-3. The No.1's battle between Sam Purdon and Dominic Brettkelly was of interest with Purdon prevailing 1up. Avondale also got wins from Nick Brennan, Hayden Burns, Richard Sinclair, and Daniel Vesty. For Hororata the wins came from Owen Miller, Andrew Inch, and Roy Stieller.
Christchurch celebrated 100 Woodward Cup games for John "Dutchie" Rademakers with a 7.5-0.5 win over Weedons. Rademakers halved with Will Bastings, but all his other team-mates had good wins. For Weedons Masters rep Jonathan Stieller got closest narrowly going down on the last hole to Marcel Boet.
Russley sit at the top-of-the-table with Christchurch and Avondale a point behind. There is a weekend break for the Town v Country match, and we look forward to round four at Christchurch Golf Club.
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Playing on their home course, Pegasus took five out of the six matches in defeating Waitikiri, whose one win came from Jenny Clarke who played well to beat Deanna Matthews. Momoka Kobori at No.1 took control of her match early against Ginny Bolderston by going through the first 9 holes at 7 under the card, and winning 8/7. The front nine included five birdies and an eagle 2 at the 288m Par 4 sixth hole.
Russley achieved a convincing team win 4.5 to 1.5 over Harewood, with No.1 players Maddie May and Catherine Knight battling out a half but securing wins from the next four players.
Christchurch took a little longer to decide the results of their match with Clearwater. Match-of-the-day was between Christchurch's Catherine Bell and Clearwater's Amelia Garvey. In a close match that included 11 halved holes, Amelia prevailed on the 17th with a birdie at the par 4 fourth hole to give her a 3/1 win. However wins by Olive Tapu, Melissa Newburn and Mel Brew and a half to Robyn Gillespie gave Christchurch a narrow win 3.5 to 2.5 games.
Mel Brew and Bobbi Oliver celebrated 50 Pollock Cup games.
After two rounds, Pegasus lead Christchurch on a games count-back. The next round is not until 13 September at Christchurch Golf Club.
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