Aussie se­niors too strong at Sanc­tu­ary Cove

Inside Golf - - Senior Events -

A TRA­DI­TION started in 2007 when a twelve-man team of Aus­tralian se­nior golfers hosted New Zealand at The Pines course at Sanc­tu­ary Cove. Played in a Ry­der Cup for­mat with four­somes, four­balls and in­di­vid­ual match play, the re­sult that year was a con­vinc­ing 19-5 win to the Aussies.

Four years later, with the record now stand­ing at two wins for each coun­try, there was a lot to play for as the two na­tional teams again lined up at The Pines for the 2011 Sanc­tu­ary Cove Tro­phy.

On Day one the all-im­por­tant open­ing four­somes went to Aus­tralia by a 3½ to 2½ mar­gin. The four­balls fol­lowed in the af­ter­noon and the Aussies were again the win­ners 4 points to 2. With just the12 in­di­vid­ual matches to play the vis­it­ing Ki­wis trailed by three points.

In an ex­cit­ing fi­nal day the New Zealan­ders started well and with early wins they had drawn level. The Aus­tralians fought back to win the vi­tal fi­nal games and when the in­di­vid­ual matches ended at 6 points each it was an over­all re­sult of 13½ to 10½ and vic­tory for the very happy Aus­tralian team.

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