FINAL FOUR DECIDED AT TORO INTERPROVINCIALS

2/12/2016

After a gruelling week of battle featuring the country’s best amateur golfers, Wellington, Waikato, Otago and North Harbour have made the semi-finals at the 2016 Toro Interprovincial hosted by New Plymouth Golf Club. 

Tomorrow will see two thrilling semi-finals with Wellington playing North Harbour and Waikato facing off against Otago in a rematch of the last two Interprovincial finals.

It was a day packed of drama with North Harbour’s fate decided on the final putt of the afternoon as Bay of Plenty sadly bailed out of contention after a great week, illustrating why this format of the game is so tough. However, the dominance of heavyweights Waikato and Wellington featured when it counted on the penultimate day.

Wellington’s Jono Cane was the ‘player of the day’ after recording two dominant 6&4 victories to anchor the side into the final four. He was supported by his number one Daniel Hillier who also made light work of his crucial match this afternoon winning 5/4 to retain an unbeaten record at number one.

Cane who is a three-time champion at the Toro Interprovincials is pleased with where his game is at, along with his team’s progress.

“It’s nice to contribute as the boys are starting to come together well before the big day tomorrow,” beamed Cane.

“I feel we have grown so much from last year and gained that extra bit of experience which is massive in this form of the game.”

Cane hasn’t won the title since 2001 at this very venue, so to get over the line would be extremely satisfying.

“To me personally it means the world, I have won three of these things now and it’s been a while since. It’s a feeling you can’t reproduce in any other form of the game, we have eleven other people here as a team, so hopefully we can do it for everyone tomorrow.”

Holding strong in Wellington’s number five position is unsung hero Kerry Mountcastle who is yet to lose a match this week with five wins and one halve showing the importance of a full team effort.

Waikato were once again clinical today and will ride the wave of the favourites tag into the final day tomorrow. Luke Toomey and Nick Coxon have been dominant all week and remain the undefeated backbone of this extremely successful Waikato Golf era.

Chris Charlton has replicated his 2015 form and has only lost one match at number five which has been a simple recipe for victory throughout the week.

They are odds on favourites to wrestle past Otago tomorrow and take history into their own hands in search of the three-peat.

Otago will look for revenge once again against Waikato as their finals rivalry continues. In the past two Interprovincials Waikato have broken their hearts in the final which will be a heavy monkey they would love to get off their back.

Otago demonstrated why they have made so many finals today after bouncing back from an early loss to Wellington to beat Northland in the dying moments and claim a spot in the top four. It was a stressful week for the southerners with two draws adding pressure, but once again they now have a chance for glory tomorrow. 
 
North Harbour were in the dugout early after a dominant win in the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ with Auckland and could only wait and watch as Waikato did enough against Bay of Plenty to keep their hopes alive and progress to the semi-finals.

Led by number one Jason Gulasekharam, the young side went quietly about their business all week and will have the chance to win for the first time since 2005 at Titirangi Golf Club.

Bay of Plenty and Canterbury will go home with heartbreak after they fell agonisingly close to the semi-finals. Bay of Plenty lost to North Harbour earlier in the week which has proved to be the decider, whilst Canterbury couldn’t continue their golden run with a poor final day losing to Northland and Wellington.

Poverty Bay East Coast made some of their own history today by winning their second match of the week against Aorangi this afternoon. It has been a very long time since they have achieved this and today they showed why all the districts mean so much to this tournament with the pure joy and passion for the jersey.

If form is any indication of what is to come, you can expect a mouth-watering match-up between the two unbeaten sides of Waikato and Wellington. This would produce a colossal match of Toomey versus Hillier would arguably rival that of Parker and Ruiz.

The semi-finals will commence at 7:30am with the final starting approximately 12:30.

-ENDS-

2016 TORO INTERPROVINCIAL RESULTS
Round Seven, Friday 2 December

AORANGI 1 ½ POVERTY BAY EAST COAST 3 ½

Garth Simpson lost to Nathaniel Cassidy 3/1, Jeff Hewitt lost to Peter Kerekere 2/1, Daniel Perham def William Brown 3/1, Nigel Heney lost to Andrew Higham 3/1, Regan Stills halved with Te Raumati Hawea.

CANTERBURY 1 ½ WELLINGTON 3 ½

Daniel Laughton lost to Daniel Hillier 5/4, Matt McLean lost to Jonathan Cane 6/4, Tom Parker halved with Elton Nicholson, Hiroki Miya def Ben Slaven 3/2, Reid Hilton lost to Kerry Mountcastle 1up

NORTH HARBOUR 4 AUCKLAND 1

Jason Gulasekharam def Johnny Tynan 6/4, Cameron Jones def Leonard Powell 3/1, Changi-Gi Lee def Matty Tiplady 5/4, Mark Hutson lost to Andrew Meng 2/1, Jake Meenhorst def Brian Joe 4/3.

TARANAKI 3 ½ SOUTHLAND 1 ½

Kerry Otene def Scott Hellier 2/1, Ben Joseph def Matt Tautari 3/2, Andrew Searle lost to Jeremy Hall 3/2, Travis Stewart def Leith Campion 1up, Mark Kennard halved with Tegan Proudfoot

OTAGO 3 NORTHLAND 2

Fraser MacLachlan def Luke Brown 1up, Brandon Hodgson def Taylor Gill 3/2, Inia Logan lost to Christian Nitsche 4/3, Michael Smith lost to Alex Neely 2/1, Chris Snow def Sheldon Kearns 1up

MANAWATU/WANGANUI 5 HAWKES BAY 0

Junior Tatana def Dallas Williams 2/1, Regan Cording def Tyson Tawera 3/1, Regan McConaghty def Carlos Tawera 5/4, Mike Atkins def Maddison Noakes 2/1, Greg Shaw def Mako Thompson 5/4

WAIKATO 2 ½ BAY OF PLENTY 2 ½

Luke Toomey def William Howard 3/2, Nick Coxon halved with Henry Spring, Matt Morris lost to Landyn Edwards 4/3, Charlie Smail def Shaun Campbell 4/3, Chris Charlton lost to Jordan Golding 1 down

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

Northland 1½ 14
 

    OOM LEADERBOARD

    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Lee, Jang Hyun 124.00
    2 Jones, Samuel 80.25
    3 Kobori, Kazuma 70.00
    4 Smail, Charlie 66.83
    5 Hydes, James 62.00
    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Chung, Darae 100.13
    2 Son, Yeonsoo 86.85
    3 Kang, Sumin 69.60
    4 Kobori, Momoka 66.67
    5 Im, Amy 60.64