Waitikiri Golf Club was the host for the sixth round of Woodward Cup where sunny, calm conditions greeted players.
The hosts found themselves in a tight tussle with Avondale with six games going down the last hole. Waitikiri had wins to Antony Dale, Chris Bond and Geoff Rudduck whilst Avondale's wins came from Haupai Puha and Nathan Andrews, along with Hayden Burns who turned in a dramatic win at number one to ensure the teams would share points at four a piece. This was the eighth half of the competition so far.
Close neighbours Bottle Lake continued their good run with a tight victory over Harewood 4.5-3.5. It could have gone either way in reality, with three halved matches keeping things close. Jordan Pruden and Kris O’Neill had impressive wins at the top of the order for Bottle Lake, together with Lachie Mackay. Harewood got their wins through Scott Manyweathers and Dan Lundt. This keeps Bottle Lake’s finals hopes well and truly alive, currently sitting in fifth place.
Pegasus topped Templeton 5-3 in a battle between the second and third placed teams. Kazuma Kobori was impressive at the top against Sam Purdon and was ably supported by his team with wins to Shaun Allan, Peter Brinsdon (who has six wins from six matches), Brandon Parker and Phil Stevens. For Templeton, Tom Wilson had a good win along with Greg Hey (five wins and a half this season) and Mike Berry.
Russley are moving in the right direction after a convincing 7-1 victory over Coringa. Reid Hilton, Ben Baker, Taylor Hosking, Michael McAuley and David Kelly all had wins for Russley, along with Andrew Dufton who returned after a hiatus. For Coringa, Nic Kay had a good half at the top against Hiroki Miya as did Peter Fox against Henry Bryden. Russley now sit fourth on the table after a slow start.
Christchurch continued their perfect season beating Weedons 5.5-2.5. The in form Mike Toeke had another win, along with a convincng win to Richard Reed. Jason Sincock, Josh Roche and Nick Franzmann all added to the Christchurch score. For Weedons, Jonathan Stieller had an impressive win over Marcel Boet, as well as a win to Shaun Payne.
Next week will see some interesting match ups that could be decisive in shaping the final four. Action kicks off at 11.30am at Christchurch Golf Club.
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