Waikato have come from the jaws of defeat to beat host team Southland on the final hole.

The Invercargill Golf Club may have been too hot for the local lads as it hit thirty degrees at times during day two of the Toro Interprovincials.

The young Waikato outfit showed no signs of lacking experience with Sam Vincent and Luke Toomey stealing a half point each in the dying stages as crowds flocked to the final green to witness Waikato take out the match 3-2.

Otago have once again shown why they are a champion team and currently dominate the deep south. They too were on the back foot throughout most of their match against Tasman, none more so than Duncan Croudis who was four down through five holes against rising amateur Ryan Chisnall.

As the round progressed, Croudis slowly chipped away at the deficit to produce a remarkable 1up victory.

“Ryan came out flushing and put the early pressure on. I just tried to hang in there as long as I could, but couldn’t be happier to somehow get the result for the lads.”

Fraser MacLachlan had a dominant 6&4 win while Brent McEwan in his final representative tournament also won handsomely, 4&3 as he looks to end his career in style.

North Harbour are in hot form as they produced two impressive wins today.

Jason Gulasekharam was the backbone of a successful day for North Harbour as he defeated number one amateur, Josh Munn on the final hole in round one.

“He gave me a hiding last year, Josh went scuba diving he was shooting so low, but I was always looking forward to this match and hoping to get one back at him,” grinned Gulasekharam.

After spraying his drive on 18, Gulasekharam produced a spectacular up and down from 71m and stuck it to four feet and halved the hole. This gave North Harbour a much needed win against the strong outfit of Manawatu/Wanganui.

“I have never been so nervous over a four foot putt in my life!”

“We have to celebrate a good start, but with three tough teams coming up it’s a long week and you have to set your sights on the next challenge quickly,” mentioned Gulasekharam.

Northland made a great escape this afternoon to remain unbeaten after Hawkes Bay pushed them right to the last putt. After the drama on eighteenth green unfolded, all that came from it was a halved match, as Luke Brown of Northland missed a tricky putt for the win.

Bay of Plenty kept their hopes alive with a dominant win over Canterbury (3.5-1.5). They sit alongside Southland and Manawatu/Wanganui who are still alive in the tournament.

With temperatures rising on and off the course, the Toro Interprovincials are starting to take shape. Tomorrow looms as an intriguing day as the two top teams in each division square off. Waikato and North Harbour go head to head tomorrow, which promises to be a blockbuster, but perhaps what could be the bigger fixture is Bay of Plenty playing Manawatu/Manganui as neither can afford another loss in their quest to make the semi-finals.

Play to resume tomorrow at 7:30am with only one scheduled round for all teams.



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