New Zealand have registered their eighth Sanctuary Cove victory in the events twelve-year history at the Christchurch Golf Club yesterday.

After starting the day with a 7½ - 4½ lead, things were made extremely difficult with the Australians coming out of the gates on fire to win four of the opening five points on offer to take the lead.

The Kiwis relied on the experience and in-form players late in the day with New Zealand Seniors champion Stu Duff capping off a great week to maintain a perfect three from three record on debut and claim a vital late point.

Bob Shirley also made his first appearance at the event to enjoy an impressive two wins from his three matches.


Duff was joined by Brent Paterson and John Batley who together earned three of the last four points on offer to lift the trophy. The first point of the day came from Stu Nicholls, who played in his second Sanctuary Cove Trophy, against one of the leading Australians Geoff Cranfield to stop the early rot.

As we look back at this victory, the day one team points clearly proved pivotal and allowed them a small buffer entering the all-important final day.



New Zealand entered the final day leading 7½ - 4½

Martin Webber lost to Stefan Albinski 2&1
Stu Nicholls beat Geoff Cranfield 1 up
Frank Borren lost to Lester Peterson 3&2
John Sanders lost to Ken Brewer 4&3
Martin Holman lost to John Davey 3&2
Bob Shirley beat Brad Dowling 2&1
Murray Martin lost to Steve Toyne 2&1
Reg Fleet lost to Ian Frost 1 down
John Batley beat Paul Chappell 5&4
Stu Duff beat Kym Olsen 3&2
Michael Barltrop lost to Greg Rhodes 2&1
Brent Paterson beat Gordon Claney 5&4


The Sanctuary Cove Trophy is a match between a 12-man senior NZ Golf team and a 12-man senior Golf Australia team. It is played in a Ryder Cup-style format, over two days, with foursomes and fourball matches on day one, and singles matches on day two.

Host club: Christchurch Golf Club, New Zealand




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