Snow omit­ted from Otago side for na­tional in­ter­provin­cial

Otago Daily Times - - SPORT - BILL TREWERN

THE omis­sion of Chris Snow from the play­ing five is the fea­ture of the Otago team named yes­ter­day.

The team will com­pete in the na­tional in­ter­provin­cial team tour­na­ment on the Man­gawhai course in North­land next month.

Otago has fin­ished as run­nerup in the past three tour­na­ments, los­ing to Waikato in the 2014 and 2015 fi­nals and Well­

in­g­ton in New Ply­mouth last year.

Each time, Snow has played at No 5 and, as first match out each day, stead­ied the team with some solid per­for­mances.

The task of an­chor­ing the team at No 5 now falls on the shoul­ders of Michael Smith, who has shown some of his best form this year.

Smith was the run­away win­ner in the 72­hole North Otago tour­na­ment and he played at No 3 in the South Is­land event last week­end.

Smith had one of his best tour­na­ments at No 4 in New Ply­mouth last year and the se­lec­tors be­lieve he can re­peat this at No 5 this year.

The top two spots in the team were never in doubt with Fraser MacLach­lan and Brandon Hodg­son ob­vi­ous choices at No 1 and No 2.

Hav­ing re­gained his am­a­teur sta­tus last month, Dun­can Croudis will play at No 3 af­ter emerg­ing with two wins and a half in the South Is­land event last week­end.

Inia Lo­gan, of Wakatipu Ju­nior, will play his third in­ter­provin­cial, this time at No 4 hav­ing been reserve in 2015 and No 3 last year.

Lo­gan spent the win­ter in Queens­land and won through to the fi­nal of the Queens­land am­a­teur cham­pi­onship against many of Aus­tralia’s best play­ers.

He won three of four at No 7 last week­end and is ob­vi­ously hon­ing his match play skills of late as the na­tional age­group rep­re­sen­ta­tive plays a plethora of stroke­play rounds in his role with New Zealand golf.

One can only but feel for Bal­macewen’s Michael Or­mandy, who has missed se­lec­tion af­ter some solid per­for­mances this year.

Or­mandy (30) in­tends to em­bark on a pro­fes­sional ap­pren­tice­ship next Fe­bru­ary and he put much time and prac­tice with the en­deav­our of mak­ing the top Otago am­a­teur team this year.

Michael Smith

Inia Lo­gan

Chris Snow

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