Round four of the Woodward and Pollock Cups were held yesterday at Weedons and Waitikiri respectively in cool conditions.
Most interest centred around the clash between in-form teams Harewood and Bottle Lake. It was Harewood who came out on top 4.5-3.5. Harewood had wins to Rhian Hamilton, Josh Smith, Scott Manyweathers, Sam Watkinson, and Ryan Barham halved with Jason Campbell. Bottle Lake's Kris O'Neill claimed a notable scalp beating Matt McLean 1up. Their other wins went to Steve Dellow and Alisdair Reid at the bottom of the order.
Russley got back on track with a 5.5-2.5 win over Pegasus. Regan Kilpatrick, Reid Hilton, Michael McAuley, Owen Burgess, and Andrew Dufton all had good wins, while Hayato Miya halved with Shaun Allan. The Pegasus wins went to Andrew Green over Taylor Hosking at No.1, and Mike Taylor.
Waitikiri had a good win over Templeton 4.5-3.5. Aaron Forsyth, Brett Turner playing his 100th Woodward Cup match, Woo Bong Kim, and Jarrod Satherley all had wins for Waitikiri while Antony Dale halved with Rhys Wilson. For Templeton Tim Leonard, Jordon Latter, and Josh Simpson prevailed.
Unfortunately hosts Weedons could not make anything of the home advantage and were overrun by Christchurch 7-1. For Weedons Bryden Grant was the sole victor. John Sanders stepped in for a guest appearance for Christchurch and duly obliged with a 2up win. The top order of Mike Toeke, Richard Reed, Nic Kay, and Jordan Bakermans look in ominous form for Christchurch, with Jason Sincock and Nick Franzmann anchoring the bottom.
Coringa and Hororata had a good tussle before Coringa prevailed 4.5-3.5. Rohan Ware, Lin Wang, John Rademakers, and John Gaw had wins for Coringa with a halve to Steven Yang against Andrew Inch. For Hororata Anton Fouchee at No.1, Owen Miler and Roy Stieller had good wins.
Semi-final contenders are already starting to sort themselves out with Christchurch and Harewood leading the way on the points table, followed by Waitikiri, Russley and Bottle Lake. There is a signficant gap back to the rest, who would have to win nearly all the rest of their matches to push for a semi-final berth.
Round five is this Sunday at Harewood with interesting clashes between Russley and Harewood, and Waitikiri and Christchurch.
A chilling day at Waitikiri with intermittent showers and damp underfoot after this week's rains. However there was some very good golf, with Russley continuing their outstanding form with a 6-0 win over Weedons. Jo Kent at No.1 for Weedons could do nothing to stop the march of Russley's No. 1 Maddie May who was 4 under the card when she finished the match at the 11th hole. Similarly Hillary O'Connor and Jasmine Clancy had big wins with par and sub-par golf.
Pegasus and Christchurch slugged it out in close matches with Christchurch taking the 3.5 to 2.5 win. Christchurch's wins came from Olive Tapu 5/4, Melissa Newburn 3/2 and Nicola Webb 5/4 with the halved game by Marg-Mary Coughlan giving the team win. Amy Weng for Pegasus was two under the card when she defeated Catherine Bell 5/4 and Rosalie Neaves produced the second win for the team.
Harewood defeated Waimairi Beach by 4.5 games to 1.5, with Catherine Knight, Rachel Eder, Lynn Brand and Pam McTaggart securing the team wins.
Russley lead the points table followed by Christchurch and Pegasus second equal.
Round five is this Sunday at Russley.