Challenging weather conditions greeted players at Avondale Golf Club for the eighth round of Woodward Cup yesterday where three teams confirmed their tickets to the finals.
Avondale relished the opportunity to play at home and put this advantage to good use beating Coringa 5-3 in what was an important win for the hosts. With four games going down the last hole, there was opportunity for the result to be different, however Hayden Burns, Tiaki Davis, Nick Brennan, Daniel Vesty and James Boswell all came in strong and had wins for Avondale. Rohan Ware and Seven Zhao had wins for Coringa along with Peter Fox who notched up his 50th win in the competition.
Christchurch who were down a few men, had a good match against Bottle Lake which ultimately ended in a half. This ended Christchurch's perfect winning record, but also guaranteed them the top spot in round robin. This too, was a game that could have gone either way. Christchurch proved too strong at the top of the order with wins to Mike Toeke, Todd Gantley and Richard Reed, whilst Bottle Lake had wins to Aaron Neill, Jason Ctieinampbell and Allen Goodman. Two tight matches ended in halves between Steve Dellow and Charles Whitwham, Lachie Mackay and John Wilson locking everything up for a 4-4 draw.
Templeton and Russley found themselves in a tight tussle which ultimately ended 5-3 in Templeton’s favour and simultaneously booked them a finals spot. At the top of the order, Sam Purdon beat Reid Hilton down the last hole, whilst Ben Baker did the same against Tom Wilson. Templeton added wins through Mike Berry, James Robb and Rhys Wilson along with halves to Dan Laughton who played Regan Kilpatrick and Greg Hey playing David Kelly. Andrew Dufton nabbed the other win for Russley and Owen Burgess notched up a great achievement, playing his 100th Woodward Cup game.
Six games made it to at least the seventeenth in the match between Pegasus and Weedons, however Pegasus proved too strong and booked a ticket to finals day after a 4.5-3.5 win. A good match was found at the top of the order where Andrew Green halved with Anton Fouchee. Shaun Allen, Peter Brinsdon, Phil Stevens and Richard Sinclair added to the tally for Pegasus to complete the victory. Jonathan Stieller continued his great run for Weedons having yet another win, along with James Metzger and Shaun Payne.
Waitikiri who have been playing well at the back end of the season continued their good run beating Harewood 6-2. Waitikiri’s top four in Jin Sung Kim, Shane O’Brien, Aaron Forsyth and Simon Marshall all had wins along with Brett Turner and Kevin Moyle. Harewood who bolstered a very different looking line up this week, had wins to Matt O’Carroll and Sam Watkinson and will now need to beat Avondale in the last round to avoid the relegation match.
The race for the Stan Rich Salver comes down to two men heading into the final week. Peter Brinsdon who has had seven wins and a half will take it if he can win his last round match, however Mike Toeke is right there on seven wins too.
Next week sees the competition shift to Pegasus for the last round in the regular season. The fourth finals spot is up for grabs and Russley can cement it with a win or a half, but Bottle Lake can also work their way into contention with a strong showing. Action starts at 11.30am.
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