All Otago affair come crunch time

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 03/02/2014

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It was an all Otago affair come the crunch stage of the Southland Strokeplay Championships at Invercargill Golf Club at Otatara yesterday.

Otago's James Anstiss and Mark Brooks finished the 72 holes tied on 295 shots a piece, which forced it to a play off hole, and it was Anstiss who came out victorious in a field of 36 competitors.

Southland's Matt Tautari and Cody Harper played in the tournament and their respective totals of 286 and 297 were actually the best on display. However, the pair are now professional and cannot qualify to win the amateur Southland Strokeplay event.

Anstiss had a six shot lead over Brooks heading into yesterday's final round but Anstiss' final round 77 and Brook's 71 saw the scores locked up to force a play-off.

In the intermediate grade it was Scott Hansen who come out on top with his final round 73, enough to edge out Craig O'Rorke and Tegan Proudfoot, who were second and third respectively.

In the junior grade, Wayne Ruru impressed with rounds of 77, 77 and 79 through the first 54 holes and finished with a 84, which was another to take the honours ahead of Bryan Cantley and Blake Shirley.

Bruce Terry won the masters division.

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- The Southland Times

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