Otago Daily Times

Un­beaten Otago sec­ond be­hind South­land

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- STEVE HEP­BURN Sports · College Sports · Otago · Southland Region · South Island · Canterbury · Dunedin · New Zealand · Brad Kennedy

SOUTH­LAND won the South Is­land men's pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment at St Clair over the week­end, de­spite Otago go­ing through un­beaten.

South­land ended up with 31⁄2 points out of a pos­si­ble four while Otago fin­ished on three.

The South­land team won the tour­na­ment as it man­aged to beat Can­ter­bury 51⁄2­21⁄2 in what ended up as the key match.

The ex­pe­ri­enced trio of Matt Tau­tari, Liam He­witt and Liam Baineaves were the back­bone for the South­land team. Tau­tari and Baineaves won three of their four games while He­witt won three games and halved the other.

South­land was all square with Otago — each team win­ning four games each.

Otago also drew with Can­ter­bury which in the end was the dif­fer­ence

Otago fin­ished with 20.5 game points while South­land was on 22.

Im­pres­sive for Otago was Sung­woon Han who was un­beaten with four wins while Ben Pat­ston also tal­lied four wins. Dun­can Croudis picked up three wins and a half.

St Clair was in good order, al­though the wind on Satur­day made for some tricky shots.

Otago had a 61⁄2­11⁄2 win over Tas­man while it beat Ao­rangi 6­2.

In the match against South­land, Croudis won 1­up over Tau­tari while Ja­cob Bel­lamy beat Baineaves 3 and 2.

Han beat Doug Carmichael 3 and 1 and Pat­ston downed Bryan Cant­ley 2 and 1.

The shot of the week­end be­longed to Otago's Phil Bun­gard who hit a hole in one on the 13th hole on Satur­day.

He hit a 5­iron di­rectly at the hole and it drib­bled in much to the amaze­ment of those watch­ing.

His caddy was Dunedin stock­bro­ker Peter Young. who must be a lucky charm.

He was last on the bags in March when he cad­died for Aus­tralian Brad Kennedy when he won the New Zealand Open at Mill­brook in March.

Mean­while, the Otago women fin­ished sec­ond be­hind Can­ter­bury at the South Is­land pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment in Ash­bur­ton.

The side made a good start with a 7­1 win over Tas­man.

The side took on Ao­rangi on Satur­day af­ter­noon and drew 4­4.

It was a tight match with halves to Otago by Su­min Kang, Yoonae Jeong, and wins to Re­becca Calder, Imelda Mar­nane and Eleanor New­ton.

The women met a strong Can­ter­bury team yes­ter­day morn­ing and went down 6­2. New­ton and Jeong picked up wins.

Otago had 13 game points wins while Ao­rangi trailed that score by a cou­ple so Otago fin­ished sec­ond. South­land did not field a women's team.

 ?? PHOTO: PETER MCIN­TOSH ?? Un­beaten . . . Otago golfer Ben Pat­ston shows the style which gave him an un­beaten week­end at St Clair Golf Club.
PHOTO: PETER MCIN­TOSH Un­beaten . . . Otago golfer Ben Pat­ston shows the style which gave him an un­beaten week­end at St Clair Golf Club.

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