A mild and calm day met players for the fifth round of Woodward Cup at Templeton Golf Club yesterday.
The top of the table clash between Templeton and Christchurch ended up with Christchurch getting the edge 5.5-2.5. Christchurch got out to an early lead against the hosts and never relinquished it with Mike Toeke, Josh Roche, Nick Franzmann and Tom Turner all having wins for Christchurch, along with Jason Sincock who won in his record-breaking 234th match. Sam Purdon and Ryan Bellamy had the wins for Templeton and both remain undefeated. John Wilson and Gregory Hey had a half to complete the scoreline.
Pegasus and Harewood had a tight match that could have gone either way. Matt McLean had a good win against Kazuma Kobori at the top, and he was supported by Harewood's lower order with wins to Daniel Lundt, Sam Watkinson and Ranui Herangi. Pegasus had wins from Andrew Green, Rodney Van Steenis and Peter Brinsdon who is five-from-five. Brandon Parker held on to narrowly edge out Scott Manyweathers on the last hole to secure the team a half.
Waitikiri and Weedons completed the second half of the day and the seventh such result of the season. For Weedons Anton Fouchee had another good win at the top against Brett Turner, along with Nigel Cuthill, Bryden Grant and Andrew Wylie. Waitikiri's Aaron Forsyth had a good tussle with Master's team mate Jonathan Stieller, ultimately ending 1 up in Aaron's favour. Wins to Scott Sibley, Paul McEwan and Steve Bell for Waitikiri left both teams in a stalemate at four a piece.
Russley have got the ball rolling again after another solid showing. Hirkoi Miya, Reid Hilton, Ben Baker, Hayato Miya, Henry Bryden, Michael McAuley and Taylor Hosking all had wins for Russley in what was a very solid showing. Hayden Burns continues his strong season, this time getting the solitary win for Avondale. The final scoreline ended up 7-1 in Russley's favour.
Coringa and Bottle Lake had a relatively even tussle despite the scoreline with five matches going down the last hole. Nic Kay, Chris Kay, Rohan Ware and John Rademakers all had wins for Coringa. Cameron Grant won for Bottle Lake, along with three halved matches between Peter Fox and Jason Campbell, Grant Mercer and Aaron Neil and finally Steven Yang and Lachie McKay. This leaves both teams narrowly on the outside of a finals spot at this point.
Ryan Bellamy (Templeton) and Peter Brinsdon (Pegasus) are the only players to have five wins, but there are many players who have had four wins, so the race for the Salver is still wide open.
Next week there is a rest for Town vs Country, but Woodward Cup will resume on the 19 August at Waitikiri.
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