Janin holds nerve to down Tatana in playoff

Last updated 22:12 12/12/2012

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Manawatu-Whanganui's Junior Tatana suffered an agonising playoff defeat as Bay of Plenty won the national men's interprovincial in Dunedin on Saturday.

Bay of Plenty won their seventh title in 11 years after the scores were locked 2 -2 when Tatana and Victor Janin couldn't be separated at the end of 18 holes in the No 4 match.

After both parred the first playoff hole, Bay of Plenty's Janin seized the advantage on the second when he hit his approach shot to within 5 feet of the hole.

Tatana's chip shot finished 12 feet short and when he missed his par attempt, Janin made his birdie putt to clinch the title. A jubilant Bay of Plenty team charged the green to celebrate the unlikely come-from-behind win.

It could have been so different for Manawatu-Whanganui who were looking to win the title for the first time since 1964. They had the chance to win the tournament in regulation with Tatana 1-up heading down the final hole and he made a costly double bogey to halve the match with Janin.

"That was the most nervous I have ever been playing golf," said the 21-year-old Janin about his 4-foot putt for bogey to keep his team alive.

"I could feel my knees shaking. To see that go in was huge relief and then to go on and win in the playoff was a huge moment - the best moment of my golf career without a doubt." Bay of Plenty's Peter Lee, who went undefeated all week, was the named as the player of the tournament.

Manawatu-Whanganui, who were looking to back up their win at the SBS Invitational, started with so much promise.

Their No 5 Hayden Ring defeated his Bay opponent Landyn Edwards, 2-up to set the tone.

Bay of Plenty No 2 Lee got the 2011 beaten finalists back in the match with a 4 and 3 win over Manawatu's Lachie McDonald.

Trent Munn, younger brother of New Zealand rep Josh, wrestled the momentum back for Manawatu-Whanganui with a 2 and 1 win over well-performed Bay of Plenty No 3 Sam Davis.

In the final match Kendall handled the pressure superbly against Josh Munn. He birdied the 13th to be 2-up and in control, then won the 17th to win 2 and 1 and force the match to extra holes.

In the semifinals, Manawatu-Wanganui beat Tasman 4-1 while Bay of Plenty snuck through again after halving their match with defending champions Southland. Lee beat Southland's Scott Hellier on their first extra hole to set them up for a title charge.

Wellington, who beat Manawatu-Whanganui in their opening match of the tournament, bowed out of contention with back-to-back defeats to Waikato and Southland on Friday.

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