TORO TOP FOUR CONFIRMED

4/12/2015

The semi-finalists for the 2015 Toro Interprovincials have been decided. After seven rounds of toil Otago, Northland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty have made the final four.

This tournament is ridden with fairy-tale endings, from back to back champions to first time winners or golfing greats retiring on top.

           Semi Final matches
                       Waikato v Northland
                       Otago v Bay of Plenty

A young Northland side have shown consistency all week and have finally been awarded with a semi-final spot after knocking on the door in recent years. They missed out on the final hole in 2014 and have finally jumped the hurdle and as well as only losing one fixture this week.

“We’ve been working towards this for a few years now,” grinned Northland Manager Brad Bonnington.

“With the goal being to make the semis, anything can happen from here. It was a huge win for Taylor Gill to come from behind in his first interprovincial.”

Bonnington was throwing out all sorts of stats as he couldn’t hide his emotions “It’s the first time we have made the semis since something like the 80’s?”

Kaden Neho has been a part of the Northland set up for many years now and you could sense a weight off his shoulders as he entered the warmth of the old clubhouse.

“I have been playing this form of the game for six years now, just to make it to the semis is huge for the boys,” said Neho

“Hopefully we can get some early wins and go from there. But with match play golf, you just never know.”

The bright blue outfits of Bay of Plenty shone through the Invercargill Golf Course today. They have come from a slow start to surge into contention as the form side. BOP are no strangers to winning the Toro Interprovincials with seven victories in the last thirteen years.

Otago suffered a humbling five nil loss to Wellington this afternoon. In an attempt to keep their hopes alive Wellington showed no mercy as the dealt to the unbeaten Otago side. Sadly for the Wellingtonians they left their impressive run too late and will finish in sixth place.

The fact that Otago already had a semi-final spot locked in may have affected their afternoon match, but Otago number one Duncan Croudis believes they will be back and ready to go tomorrow morning.

“It’s been a long week but this loss is a good wake up call for the lads. We have an experienced line up and we all want to send Brent McEwan off on a high after what has been a fantastic career.”

McEwan played, and won his 100th representative match this morning with friends and family watching on from behind the ropes. This will mean nothing to him as they enter a history making day of golf.

North Harbour were left thinking what could have been as they had to sit a watch Waikato decide their fate. The defending champions shattered their chance of making the playoffs late on the final day of pool play. Harbour were impressive all week, yet slip ups in the fifth and sixth round dropped them back off the pace and finish fifth overall.

It has been a challenging day for the defending champions, losing their morning match to Bay of Plenty, but they showed superb fight to win a the death versus a determined Manuwatu/Wanganui side.

This Waikato team has been here before and knows how to win. But is it enough in the countries biggest golfing event?


 

    OOM LEADERBOARD

    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Lee, Jang Hyun 141.71
    2 Smail, Charlie 70.86
    3 Jones, Samuel 70.29
    4 Kobori, Kazuma 57.14
    4 Zheng, Jimmy 57.14
    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Son, Yeonsoo 86.85
    2 Chung, Darae 73.47
    3 Kang, Sumin 69.60
    4 Im, Amy 59.69
    5 Raj, Tara 54.49