Tough tournament for Aorangi men – Golf

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by Stephen Hepburn

The Aorangi men’s team found the going tough at the South Island provincial teams tournament at St Clair Golf Club in Dunedin over the weekend.

Aorangi ended up trailing the field in what was some pretty tough company.

The tournament was won by Southland which went unbeaten through the tournament.

Each team lined up with eight players.

Aorangi did not win a game and it ended up with nine victories for the 32 matches it contested over the weekend.

It lost to Tasman 5-3 which was its best result of the weekend.

Tim Leonard, playing at the top of the order, had a 4 and 3 victory while Cameron Grant at No5, won 3 and 2.

Alex Kelliher, at the bottom of the order, won 2 and 1.

The other three matches, against Canterbury, Otago and Southland, were lost 6-2.

Against Canterbury, Leonard again picked up a victory with a 5 and 4 win.

Dan Perham and Ryan Cockburn finished all square in their matches.

Against Southland, Perham finished all square as did Grant, while Cockburn had a 2 and 1 victory, playing at No7.

In the match against the home team, Otago, Perham won 2 up over Jacob Bellamy while Cameron Grant won 1 up over Brandon Hodgson.

Otago was also unbeaten but it drew with Canterbury and Southland while Southland managed to beat Canterbury which ultimately was the difference between the teams.

The weather was good on Sunday and there was some good play on display but wind made for tough conditions for the players on Saturday.

In Ashburton, the women played in the same format though Southland was unable to field a team. Canterbury dominated and it showed its depth.

Aorangi and Otago drew their match 4-4 and with the draw, Aorangi held on to the salver which is contested between the two teams and Southland.

Overall Otago finished second as it had a 7-1 win over Tasman.

The Aorangi team was dominated by players from Mid Canterbury with Lynda Brown, from Timaru, at No1, the only player from South Canterbury.

Cameron Grant of AOR tees off at number 1 during the South Island Interprovinciasl Tournament at St Clair Golf Club on Saturday. PHOTO:PETER MCINTOSH