Manawatu's Trent Munn has emerged as Manawatu-Wanganui's Mr Reliable at the national interprovincial at Dunedin this week.
Playing at No 3, the national development squad member has rattled off three straight wins in no uncertain fashion.
While the team bounced back yesterday to trounce Auckland 4-1 and then beat Hawke's Bay 3 - 1 , after their opening day reversal against Wellington, Munn just carried on.
He posted two heavy 5 and 4 wins, over Auckland's Tae Koh in the morning and over Hawke's Bay's Russell Mitchell in the afternoon after being 5-up at the turn.
On Tuesday he had beaten Wellington's James Donnelly 2 and 1.
Munn appears to enjoy the hilly courses like Balmacewan. The 18- year-old won the Wanganui Open on the hilly Belmont in September.
Meanwhile, New Zealand representative Josh Munn at No 1 has yet to win but halved both matches yesterday, against Auckland's leading amateur Sam An and Hawke's Bay's Richard Squire, the man from Onga Onga. Munn had led 1-up for most of the encounter.
No 2 Marton's Lachie McDonald also bounced back with two wins yesterday.
The 35-year-old comeback man, Junior Tatana, won his first two matches before losing 3 and 2 to Hawke's Bay's Madison Noakes after trailing all of the way.
At No 5, Hayden Ring was as much as 3-down for most of his match before getting up to beat Hawke's Bay's Carlos Tawera at the end for what was a vital win, his first of the tournament.
That lifted Manawatu-Wanganui back into contention to chase the double after earlier this year winning the Southland Invitational national teams strokeplay title at Invercargill.
Today Manawatu-Wanganui were to face unbeaten Southland, the defending champions, and tomorrow they face Waikato who were beaten 3 -1 by Southland yesterday, and Taranaki.
Round 3. -Manawatu-Wanganui 4 Auckland 1: Josh Munn halved with Sam An, Lachie McDonald bt Nick Voke 4/3, Trent Munn bt Tae Koh 5/4, Junior Tatana bt Jonathan Ratcliffe 4/3, Hayden Ring halved with Josh Leitch.
Southland 4 Hawkes Bay 1, Bay of Plenty 3½ Northland 1 , Otago 3 Canterbury 2, Wellington 3 Aorangi 2, Poverty Bay EC 4 North Harbour 1.
Round 4. -Manawatu- Wanganui 3½ Hawkes Bay 1 : Josh Munn halved with Richard Squire, Lachie McDonald bt Ben Swinburne 1up, Trent Munn bt Russell Mitchell 5/4, Junior Tatana lost to Madison Noakes 3/2, Hayden Ring bt Carlos Tawera 1up.
Points: Tasman 5 Otago 0, Wellington 3 Taranaki 2, Canterbury 3½ Poverty Bay EC 1 , Southland 3 Waikato 1½, Auckland 3 Aorangi 2, Bay of Plenty 4 North Harbour 1.
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