Wellington have won the Toro Interprovincial Championship in dominant fashion at the New Plymouth Golf club, defeating Otago by a monstrous margin of five nil in the final.
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“It’s an amazing feeling! 15 years to the dot since I first started playing and 2010 since Wellington last one it and I can’t really describe it,” said an ecstatic Cane.
“Everyone here has put in the utmost effort and deserve every bit, from the management to the reserves and family. We had to play some of the best golf of our life to do it against some great sides so it feels pretty special.”
Before his recent Interprovincial wins, Cane spent 13 years away from the game so his comeback has been quite remarkable.
With a great mix of youth and experience Wellington never looked in doubt with Kerry Mountcastle continuing his winning ways in the number five position to record their first point early with a 3&2 victory over Chris Snow. Mountcastle was in the running for player of the tournament with a record of six wins and two halves.
There was no stopping Wellington from there as the results started pouring in with Elton Nicholson turning on another clinical display to complete a great 5&4 win over Inia Logan, before Cane sealed the deal on the 15th hole to send the Wellington side into hysterics.
These two sides also met in pool play yesterday which the new champions also won 3 ½ to 1 ½ to justify their position as New Zealand’s best team.
“It’s nice to get recognised as player of the tournament, but mate, this feeling is unbelievable! The boys have worked so hard all week and it’s a great result of what we have been doing the last twelve months and we are going to celebrate big tonight!” Said an ecstatic Hillier.
“It’s great for Wellington golf with so many young golfers around the region watching us during the week and it’s nice to show them that Wellington is a province that can play and it’s going to be great for the youngsters in future years.”
There were many impressive records throughout the week with six players remaining undefeated. This included Luke Toomey (Waikato), Nick Coxon (Waikato), Henry Spring (BOP), Landyn Edwards (BOP) and Kerry Mountcastle (Wellington) along with player of the tournament Daniel Hillier.
The tournament now moves further North to Mangawhai where Northland will play host in 2017. They will have a tough act to follow after the amazing support from the beautiful New Plymouth Golf Club.
WELLINGTON 5 OTAGO 0Daniel Hillier def Fraser Maclachlan (match conceded 2up through 15), Jonathan Cane def Brandon Hodgson 4/3, Elton Nicholson def Inia Logan 5/4, Ben Slaven def Michael Smith 2/1, Kerry Mountcastle def Chris Snow 3/2.
WAIKATO 1 ½ OTAGO3 ½
Luke Toomey halved with Fraser MacLachlan, Nick Coxon halved with Brandon Hodgson, Matt Morris halved with Inia Logan, Charlie Smail lost to Michael Smith 1up, Chris Charlton lost to Chris Snow 2/1
WELLINGTON 3 NORTH HARBOUR 2Daniel Hillier def Jason Gulasekharam 4/3, Jonathan Cane halved with Cameron Jones
Elton Nicholson def Chang-Gi Lee 3/2, Ben Slaven lost to Mark Hutson 5/4, Kerry Mountcastle halved with Jake Meenhorst
FINAL FOUR Wellington (Champions), Otago (medal), Waikato (medal), North Harbour FINAL TABLE DIVISION ONE
Waikato 5½ 22
North Harbour 5 20½
Bay of Plenty 4½ 21
Man/Wang 3 16
Auckland 2½ 14½
Poverty Bay EC 2 9
Hawkes Bay 1½ 8½
Aorangi 0 8½
FINAL TABLE DIVISION TWO
Wellington 5 19½
Otago 4 16
Canterbury 3½ 16
Taranaki 2½ 15
Southland 2½ 13
Tasman 2 11½
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