Southland lose semi

The Southland golf team has been knocked out of the interprovincial championships in Dunedin after a suspense packed semifinal against Bay of Plenty.

The defending champion Southland side squared its playoff against BOP, the team it beat to win its first title in 60 years when it won last year, after the regulation five matches with the contest having to go to an extra hole.

Southland opted to use Scott Hellier, the player who has been in top form all week, to take on Bay of Plenty's Peter Lee.

Lee laid up to a good position, while Hellier went for the green but missed pin-high to the left.

Lee's second shot went to the back of the green 20ft away from the pin, while Hellier's shot was 5ft closer with both players genuine birdie chances.

Lee managed to drain his putt and threw both arms in the air to the cheer of his team mates, while Hellier's putt missed and the jubliant Bay team progressed to the final.

In regulation play, Tyler McLean beat Brad Kendall 1up, with Hellier squaring his match with Lee.
Liam Balneaves and Jeremy Hall both lost their matches 3/2 with Matt Tautari beating Landyn Edwwards 2/1.
Manawatu/Wanganui defeated Tasman 4-1 in the other semifinal.

The Southland Times