Taranaki's chances in the 2012 Freyberg Masters golf tournament, at the Maraenui course in Napier, evaporated yesterday.
Taranaki lost both their matches on day four - 3-2 to Bay of Plenty in the morning round and then 3-2 to Wellington in the afternoon.
Bay of Plenty had the edge in the morning clash, with Brian Rowland and Brian Martelletti both losing their games at the bottom of the order.
Tony Hardy gave Taranaki some hope when he pipped David Cooke 1-up in the battle of the No 3s.
When Murray Martin won his match against Bay No 2 Darryn Lowans 3 and 2, the scores were level 2-all. It came down to the two No 1s, Aarun Langton for Taranaki and Blair Murdoch for the Bay, with Langton losing 3 and 2.
Rowland won his afternoon match 6 and 5 over Wellington's John Brooky to get Taranaki off to a good start, but that was offset when Martelletti lost his game 3 and 1 to Malcolm Gullery.
Hardy halved his match with Rodney Baltrop and Martin lost one down to Frank Borren. Langton needed a win to salvage a draw for Taranaki but ended up all square against Peter Brinsdon.
Today, Taranaki meet the unbeaten Waikato side in the morning round and end the tournament with an afternoon match against Tasman.
- Taranaki Daily News
Will Aaron Cruden's omission hurt or help the All Blacks?Related story: Senior All Blacks 'pretty disappointed' in Cruden