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Tasman golfers rue match that got away

WAYNE MARTIN
Last updated 13:00 05/12/2012

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Tasman fell narrowly short of an unbeaten opening-day performance when the Toro New Zealand men's interprovincial golf tournament began yesterday in Dunedin.

After halving their first round match with Canterbury yesterday morning on the testing Balmacewen course, Tasman fell just one game short in their 3-2 second round loss to a dogged Northland team.

Tasman team manager, Jeff Riordan, said that while he was satisfied with the morning's effort against Canterbury, a team that had already beaten Tasman twice this year in an eight-man team format, the Tasman players felt deflated by the loss to Northland.

"It was pretty close, it could have gone either way," said Riordan of their narrow second-round loss.

"But yeah, they're pretty disappointed after having a reasonable half with Canterbury this morning. They felt pretty buoyant and confident but Northland were just too good on the day."

He said the Canterbury result could easily have gone Tasman's way.

"It was satisfying but in hindsight, we should have snuck a win out of it. We were in control fairly well all the way through the match and four of the games went down to the last, so I think Canterbury felt they were quite fortunate to get a half from it.

"There's probably 10 teams that could take this out. A lot of the matches are going right down to the last hole and that's why it's taken so long today."

Ryan Chisnall and Nick Ludbrook each ended the day unbeaten, Chisnall with two wins at No 3 and Ludbrook with a win and a half at No 5.

Chisnall recovered from an early one-hole deficit to beat Canterbury's Harry Bateman 1 up before leading all the way in his comfortable 5 and 3 second-round win over Northland's Chase McKeown.

Ludbrook halved his opening-round match with Canterbury's Tom Turner after being 2 up at the turn but eventually built on his one-hole advantage after nine to beat Northland's Kadin Neho 2 and 1 in the afternoon.

Westport golfer Glenn Drummond won Tasman's other morning match against Canterbury, beating Nic Kay 1 up, while Tasman's top two of Blair Riordan and Hamish Campbell each suffered two losses.

Riordan went to the last in both his matches before losing 1 down to Canterbury's Jordan Bakermans and Northland's Luke Brown.

Campbell lost 3 and 2 to Canterbury's Owen Burgess in round one and 1 down to Northland's Sean Masters in the afternoon.

Round One: Taranaki 3 Aorangi 2, North Harbour 4 Northland 1, Wellington 3 Manawatu-Wanganui 2, Waikato 4 Hawkes Bay 1, Otago 5 Poverty Bay East Coast 0, Canterbury 2½ Tasman 2½: Jordan Bakermans bt Blair Riordan 1 up, Owen Burgess bt Hamish Campbell 3/2, Harry Bateman lost to Ryan Chisnall 1 down, Nic Kay lost to Glen Drummond 1 down, Tom Turner halved with Nick Ludbrook.

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Round Two: Auckland 4 Hawkes Bay 1, Otago 3 North Harbour 2, Waikato 4 Taranaki 1, Southland 5 Aorangi 0, Bay of Plenty 4 Poverty Bay EC 1, Northland 3 Tasman 2: Luke Brown bt Riordan 1 up, Alex Neely bt Campbell 1 up, Chase McKeown lost to Chisnall 5/3, Sean Masters bt Drummond 2/1, Kadin Neho lost to Ludbrook 2/1.

- The Nelson Mail

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