Semifinals nailed on a missed putt

Last updated 09:00 07/12/2013

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Had Tasman's former New Zealand player Blair Riordan knocked in a 3-metre putt on the 18th yesterday, Manawatu-Wanganui would have missed out on the national interprovincial golf semifinals at the North Shore Golf Club in Auckland yesterday.

The ball slipped by, enough for he and Manawatu's Josh Munn to halve their match and to draw 2 ½-all with Tasman.

It took Manawatu-Wanganui to four points and 19 ½ individual matches and they won pool two to advance to today's semifinals.

They were to play pool one runners-up, Wellington, who by sheer chance happened to walk into the same restaurant as the Manawatu-Wanganui players were walking out of last night. A chat to the Argentinian waiter produced no dividends.

Manawatu-Wanganui were probably praying for rain because in yesterday's hot, sunburning weather, it was fraught with tension.

First up the team fell to its first loss, unexpectedly 3-2 to Northland and Josh Munn took a heavy 6 and 5 defeat from Kadin Neho, the schoolboy who won the national amateur at Hokowhitu.

Northland's Luke Brown played out of his skin in smashing Trent Munn by the alarming score of 8 and 7.

The Manawatu-Wanganui players thought their halved match with Tasman had done them in, but the draw proved to be enough.

No 3 Lachie McDonald stayed unbeaten for the week when he came from 3 down against Hamish Campbell to shoot five birdies in a row and win 2 and 1.

Trent Munn turned his morning misfortune around with a vital win but Tyler Hodge at No 2 had been 3 up with four to play and lost his last four holes to go down to Ryan Chisnall.

Defending champions, Bay of Plenty, chasing their eighth title in the past 12 years, play Otago in the other semifinal.

Round 6: Manawatu-Wanganui 2 Northland 3 (Josh Munn lost to Kadin Neho 6 and 5, Tyler Hodge lost to Lee Neumann 1 dn, Lachie McDonald bt Alex Neely 3 and 2, Trent Munn lost to Luke Brown 8 and 7, Hayden Ring bt Brad Bonnington 4 and 2.

Others: Canterbury 4 Poverty Bay 1, Wellington 3 ½ Southland 1 ½, Waikato 4 ½ Aorangi ½; Tasman 4 Otago 1; BOP 3 ½ Auckland 1 ½.

Round 7: Manawatu-Wanganui 2 ½ Tasman 2 ½ (Josh Munn halved with Blair Riordan, Tyler hodge lost to Ryan Chisnall 1dn, Lachie McDonald bt Hamish Campbell 2 and 1, Trent Munn bt Nick Ludbrook 1 up, Hayden Ring lost to Glen Drummond 5 and 4.)

Others: Taranaki 3 ½ Hawke's Bay 1 ½, Otago 4 Northland 1, Auckland 4 Aorangi 1, Canterbury 3 North Harbour 2, Wellington 3 Waikato 2, BOP 4 Southland 1.

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