Taranaki's hopes fall at nationals

MURRAY HILLS
Last updated 05:00 07/12/2012

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Taranaki's fortunes at the national men's interprovincial golf tournament in Dunedin continued their downward spiral with a 3-2 loss to Hawke's Bay yesterday.

The only joy for Taranaki came in the top two matches with No 1 Brad Hayward holding out to win 1-up and No 2 Jamie Reid picking up his third win from four games on the testing Balmacewen layout.

Reid has been the in-form golfer for Taranaki. He was 2-up on his opposite Ben Swinburne early after starting on the 10th and led 1-up at the turn. He played steady golf in the second nine to lead 3-up with four to play before sealing the match 3 and 2.

Hayward always had the edge over Richard Squire. He was 2-up at the turn and won 1-up, finishing one over the card.

No 3 Zac Lewis lost one down to Russell Mitchell in a close contest, with Joseph Doyle going down 2 and 1 to Madison Noakes. No 5 Brook Bray didn't recover from a slow start losing 5 and 4 to Carlos Tawera.

Things don't get any easier for Taranaki today, with a match against Auckland in the morning and Manawatu-Wanganui in the afternoon.

With only one win this week, Taranaki are second to bottom in division one.

Some of the big guns were rolled yesterday with Wellington, Otago, Waikato and Southland also upset.

Manawatu-Wanganui knocked over Southland 3-2, Auckland gave their title hopes a boost with a 3-2 win over Wellington, Aorangi picked up their first win of the week when they scored a shock 3-2 win over Waikato and Bay of Plenty beat hosts Otago 3 -1 .

Manawatu-Wanganui, Southland, Auckland and Wellington share the top spot in division one, all on three points, while in division two Bay of Plenty remain unbeaten and lead on four points - one clear of Otago.

In the other game played yesterday, Tasman cruised home 4 -2 over Poverty Bay-East Coast.

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