Judge­ford golfers break their duck

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

It’s the first time Judge­ford have won a match at the Otaki Cup level, but their job is far from over.

Club cap­tain Joe Cuthers said he hoped Judge­ford’s 8-7 victory over com­pe­ti­tion lead­ers Royal Welling­ton at Master­ton on Satur­day was a por­tent of things to come.

‘‘We re­ally think we can push for that top four,’’ he said.

‘‘Mi­ra­mar, Shan­don and Royal Welling­ton look set to be in the top three, but it’s close in the rest of the stand­ings.

‘‘Peo­ple were ex­pect­ing us to get trounced on Satur­day, but the boys are buzzing and there is a lot of be­lief.’’

Judge­ford were 3-2 up af­ter the morn­ing four­somes.

Michael Payne and Craig Wil- kins won 2 and 1 and the pair­ings of Alis­tair Crump-Dud­ley Asi and Kiki Maepu- Dean Tucker both won 3 and 2.

Royal Welling­ton were lead­ing in eight of the sin­gles af­ter nine holes, but Payne, Benjamin Du­flou, Tucker, Asi and Dane Craw­ford all won to com­plete a his­toric day.

Craw­ford rolled in a birdie putt on the 18th hole to win 2 up and Payne chipped in for a birdie on the 16th to win 3 and 2.

Win­ning feel­ing: From left,

top, Alis­tair Crump, Dane Craw­ford, Ryan Woolly, Dud­ley Asi, Bruce Robin­son. Mid­dle,

Ben De­flou, Craig Wilkins, Michael Payne, Joe Cuthers, cap­tain, Brent Wal­ton, Dean Tucker. Seated, Coby Tucker,

Kiki Maepu, Ster­ling Tucker.

Tim­ing: Char­lie Hud­son dur­ing his los­ing sin­gles battle.

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