Judgeford golfers break their duck
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.