Round 5 of Woodward Cup was held at Waitikiri Golf Club in warm, sunny conditions.
Hosts Waitikiri had a battle on their hands against Harewood with six of the eight matches going down to the final two holes, ending in 4-4 draw. For the home team Aaron Forsyth, Brett Turner, Antony Dale and Simon Marshall had wins while Harewood's wins came from Matt McLean, Josh Smith, Kerry Branson and Harry Weeds.
Christchurch changed their order around and were dominant against Hororata taking out their match 7-1. Hororata's sole win came from Anton Fouchee defeating Jason Sincock 1 up, while wins to Richard Reed at No. 1, Marcel Boet, Jordan Bakermans, Tom Parker, John Rademakers, Nick Franzmann and Mike Toeke at No. 8 sealed the two points for Christchurch.
The local derby between Templeton and Weedons proved to be just that. While the scoreline appeared one sided at 6.5-1.5 it was far from that. Three matches went down the 18th and another two ending at the penultimate hole. For Templeton, Tom Wilson, Ryan Bellamy, Rhys Wilson on his 50th Woodward Cup appearance, Jordon Latter and Lance Gahan had wins with Josh Simpson halving with James Metzger at the top of the order, Mac McCall halving with William Bastings and James Robb halving with Devon Nightingale.
The Pegasus vs Bottle Lake match was also a real arm wrestle with five matches being decide at the final hole. Wins to Kazuma Kobori, Peter Brinsdon and Shaun Allan was the difference between the teams with Jason Campbell being Bottle Lakes sole win. In the remaining matches Zach May halved with Lachie Mackay,James Cadenhead with Daniel Asplin, Brandon Parker with Aaron Neill and Marcus Mariu with Steve Dellow.
In the final match of the day Avondale kept Russley honest with three matches finishing at the 17th before Russley proved too strong with wins to Reid Hilton, Hiroki and Hayato Miya, Taylor Hosking and Owen Burgess. For Avondale, Nathan Andrews, Dan Vesty and Sam Purdon at No. 8 had wins.
The next double rounds of Woodward Cup will be at Templeton on 27 September, with Canterbury playing Aorangi at Ashburton next Sunday.
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The third round of the Pollock cup was played at The Christchurch Golf Club on Sunday in calm and dry conditions. The competition attracted supporters and spectators from the competing clubs.
Pegasus once again showed their strength with a six match win over the Harewood team. The match between Harewood’s Catherine Knight and Momoka Kobori started at a blistering pace with Knight making birdie on two of the first three holes to be one up, but a double bogey for Knight on their fifth hole of play saw the match go back to all square and it remained all square for the next five holes until Kobori took advantage of a bogey from Knight and then went on to win the next three holes to record a 4/3 win.
The match between Waitikiri and Clearwater was a more closely fought affair with Clearwater getting home 3.5 to Waitikiri’s 2.5. Once again Clearwater’s Amelia Garvey was dominant as their number one putting on a great exhibition of golf with a 7/5 win over Ginny Bolderston.
There was much interest in the match between the hosts Christchurch and Russley with Canterbury Women’s Interprovincial team mates from recent years playing at numbers one and two for both teams. Christchurch’s Catherine Bell playing Maddie May at one went through the turn at three under and a four up lead, but a bogey from Bell on the eleventh and two consecutive birdies from May saw the lead narrowed to a difference of one. The next four holes were halved in pars and the pair reached the eighteenth with Bell still one up. May played her second to the green to be pin high and made the putt for a three while Bell’s birdie putt slipped by and the match was halved. At number two Christchurch’s Olive Tapu was all square going through the front nine against Hillary O’Connor but started to apply pressure on the back nine winning three of the next four holes and went on to finish with a 3/2 win. The final result was a 5-1 win to Christchurch.
Congratulations go to Bobbi Oliver of Pegasus (right) and Christchurch’s Mel Brew who received their 50th Pollock Cup game badges.
After three rounds Pegasus still leads Christchurch on a games count back. The next round will be September 27 at Waitikiri, with Canterbury playing Aorangi at Ashburton next Sunday.
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