New Zealand Golf Magazine



Bay of Plenty have won their second Freyberg Masters title in a row after escaping with a crucial half against a valiant Wellington outfit in round eight on the final day at the Hamilton Golf Club.

Wellington had Bay of Plenty against the ropes before things quickly swung in favour of the bay.

They escaped with a half in the number five match and then won a crucial point after Bay of Plenty number two Simon Wright holed an eight-foot par putt on the 18th to get a team half and ensure his side were in control of their own destiny come the final afternoon.

The defending champions showed they know how to get the job when it matters once again against Canterbury. They were down in four matches with six holes to play to snatch a three games to two win and ensure they were lifting the trophy for a second year in a row.

They finished half a point clear of Manawatu Wanganui who did what they needed to do on the final day to give themselves the best chance at snatching the title.

They beat Northland and Hawkes Bay but had a nervous wait on their hands to see what happened in the Bay of Plenty match.

But the Bay did what they set out to do and held on to win a second title.

Southland surprised many teams and finished in a record third place.

Bay of Plenty’s Simon Wright made a big putt in the morning to seal an important half with Wellington and his six wins from seven games earned him the player of the tournament.

Captain Steve Heberley was a strength leading the team out at number 5 and was unbeaten in the 6 games he played.

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