Tasman stays in frame with win
Tasman still had a possible semifinal berth clearly in their sights after picking up a vital 4 -1 win over Poverty Bay East Coast in yesterday's fifth round at the Toro men's interprovincial tournament.
Tasman had looked headed for another big win after they led at the turn in all five matches on day three at Dunedin's Balmacewen course. And for the most part, the players held their nerve to collect another important haul of individual wins.
Tasman moved into outright third position in division two behind leaders Bay of Plenty, who had four straight wins, and second-placed Otago, who have today's final-round bye.
Tom Dasler made his first tournament appearance yesterday, coming in at No 5 to record a solid 3 and 2 win over Matthew Mackey after leading throughout.
"We just let [Tom] go and away he went," said team manager Jeff Riordan. "It was a good round, two under."
Dasler replaced Glenn Drummond, meaning a promotion for the unbeaten Nick Ludbrook to No 4, where he also completed a handy 3 and 2 win over Ruel Pedersen after leading by four at the turn.
"Nick went up pretty early and just maintained that - he was pretty steady."
Ryan Chisnall also maintained his unbeaten record at No 3, but had to recover from 1 down after the 16th to halve his match with William Brown.
"Ryan was two up at one stage and sort of let it go a little bit and struggled to get back. But he birdied the 17th to go back to square and had a half on the last, so that was a good gutsy effort from him."
No 1 Blair Riordan had led his opponent Steven Donnelly by three at the turn before a strong finish by the Poverty Bay No 1 saw Riordan's lead dwindle for a 1-up win at the finish.
"The other guy was playing pretty well, but I think Blair ended up with a par round."
Another steady performance also saw No 2 Hamish Campbell to a comfortable 2 and 1 win over Andrew Higham.
"[Hamish] was two under at the end so he had another good round. He's back to his old self after a couple of poor efforts on the first day."
Riordan said it was essential to get Dasler into a competitive frame of mind as Tasman prepared to take on two tough opponents, Bay of Plenty and North Harbour, in today's final two rounds.
"We wanted to give Tom a run today because we're going to need him tomorrow," said Riordan. "We just didn't want him coming in cold on the last day."
He said the confidence levels were starting to build within the team.
"They're getting to grips with the greens now and I saw some good putts go in today. So they're feeling a lot more comfortable around this course."
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