Favourites succumb on opening day of interprovincials

by golfer on December 11, 2010

Pre-tournament favourites Wellington and defending champions Bay of Plenty were both toppled on the opening day of the men’s interprovincial team golf championship at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club on the Kapiti Coast today.
Hosts Wellington were ousted 3-2 by Hawke’s Bay in the morning’s first round while Taranaki, last in the 2009 tournament, downed Bay of Plenty 3-2 this afternoon.
Wellington, with two Eisenhower Trophy representatives in Ben Campbell and Peter Spearman-Burn, were stopped by a strong Hawke’s Bay combination led by North Island champion Nick Gillespie, who beat New Zealand amateur champion Campbell 3 and 2, bagging six birdies in the process.
The other wins went to Pieter Zwart and Richard Squire who proved the key, coming from two-down after nine holes to win four holes in a row on the way to a 3 and 1 victory over James Betts, the local Paraparaumu player and 2008 national strokeplay champion.
Taranaki, with a mixture of youth at the top of their order and experience at the bottom, must have found a zip in their step from their bright yellow and black checkered pants as they held Waikato to a 2½ to 2½ half this morning.
That was proven no fluke when they pushed hard in the afternoon against Bay of Plenty, who are hoping to become just the second team to ever win the title four times in a row.
Taranaki had wins to Brad Hayward, over national strokeplay champion Brad Kendall, and Aarun Langton, while the Bay had wins to Andrew Stewart and Landyn Edwards, who bagged five birdies.
The key win came when veteran Murray Martin scored a 1-up victory over Bay captain Kieran Muir to give his side the overall honours.
This left Taranaki as the leading team in division one with a win and a half, while Aorangi South Canterbury, 12th last year, head division two with two wins along with North Harbour.
While Taranaki lead the way in their division, Auckland had a convincing win in their only match, Manawatu-Wanganui fought back from the morning loss to Northland to upset Waikato in the afternoon, and Otago scored a win over Tasman.
The division has the unusual sight of Bay of Plenty at the bottom of the table.
In division two, Aorangi disposed of Poverty Bay and Southland. No 3 Simon Wright was under par in winning both games, including five birdies in his afternoon victory over Southland’s Cody Harper.

Pre-tournament favourites Wellington and defending champions Bay of Plenty were both toppled on the opening day of the men’s interprovincial team golf championship at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club on the Kapiti Coast today.
Hosts Wellington were ousted 3-2 by Hawke’s Bay in the morning’s first round while Taranaki, last in the 2009 tournament, downed Bay of Plenty 3-2 this afternoon.
Wellington, with two Eisenhower Trophy representatives in Ben Campbell and Peter Spearman-Burn, were stopped by a strong Hawke’s Bay combination led by North Island champion Nick Gillespie, who beat New Zealand amateur champion Campbell 3 and 2, bagging six birdies in the process.
The other wins went to Pieter Zwart and Richard Squire who proved the key, coming from two-down after nine holes to win four holes in a row on the way to a 3 and 1 victory over James Betts, the local Paraparaumu player and 2008 national strokeplay champion.
Taranaki, with a mixture of youth at the top of their order and experience at the bottom, must have found a zip in their step from their bright yellow and black checkered pants as they held Waikato to a 2½ to 2½ half this morning.
That was proven no fluke when they pushed hard in the afternoon against Bay of Plenty, who are hoping to become just the second team to ever win the title four times in a row.
Taranaki had wins to Brad Hayward, over national strokeplay champion Brad Kendall, and Aarun Langton, while the Bay had wins to Andrew Stewart and Landyn Edwards, who bagged five birdies.
The key win came when veteran Murray Martin scored a 1-up victory over Bay captain Kieran Muir to give his side the overall honours.
This left Taranaki as the leading team in division one with a win and a half, while Aorangi South Canterbury, 12th last year, head division two with two wins along with North Harbour.
While Taranaki lead the way in their division, Auckland had a convincing win in their only match, Manawatu-Wanganui fought back from the morning loss to Northland to upset Waikato in the afternoon, and Otago scored a win over Tasman.
The division has the unusual sight of Bay of Plenty at the bottom of the table.
In division two, Aorangi disposed of Poverty Bay and Southland. No 3 Simon Wright was under par in winning both games, including five birdies in his afternoon victory over Southland’s Cody Harper.

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