Wind rocks young Taranaki team

MURRAY HILLS
Last updated 05:00 05/12/2012

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Taranaki's interprovincial men's golf campaign started on the right note with a 3-2 win over Aorangi at the Balmacewen course in Dunedin yesterday.

But the news wasn't so good later in the day for the young inexperienced Taranaki side, going down 4-1 to Waikato in windy conditions.

Waikato and Otago finished the day with perfect two-from-two records. In the morning round, Waikato beat Hawke's Bay 4-1, while Otago hammered Poverty Bay-East Coast 5-0 then edged out North Harbour 3-2.

Taranaki's most experienced player, Brad Hayward, lost both matches - 5 and 4 to Aorangi's Cameron Grant and 2 and 1 to Waikato's Compton Pikar, despite playing better to be only one over par.

Zach Lewis at No 3, in his second interprovincial tournament, had a win and a loss. He beat Aorangi's Gareth Simpson 5 and 4, then lost 2 and 1 to Waikato's Tom Brockelsby.

Taranaki's other three players - Jamie Reid, Joseph Doyle and Brook Gray - were all making their interprovincial debuts.

Reid at No 2 made the perfect start, winning both his games. He was impressive in heading Aorangi's Jordan Green 5 and 4 and backed it up with a gritty one-up win over Waikato's Luke Toomey.

Doyle lost both his games, while Gray beat Aorangi's George Wardell 4 and 3 before losing two-down to Waikato's Steven Kuggeleijn.

Taranaki has the bye this morning before a showdown with Wellington in the afternoon.

Defending champions Southland were ruthless in dispatching Aorangi 5-0 in the afternoon after a bye in the morning round.

Auckland opened with a 4-1 win over Hawke's Bay after a morning bye, while Wellington also managed to win their only match pipping Manawatu-Wanganui 3-2.

Canterbury were held to a 2 -2 draw by Tasman.

Bay of Plenty beat Poverty-Bay-East Coast 4-1.

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