Tourney torment over for Taranaki

MURRAY HILLS
Last updated 05:00 08/12/2012

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Taranaki's miserable run at the national interprovincial men's golf tournament at the Balmacewen course in Dunedin mercifully came to an end yesterday.

Taranaki lost their final two games - 4 - to Auckland in the morning and 4-1 to Manawatu-Wanganui in the afternoon - to finish 13th overall in the 15-team competition.

While Bay of Plenty, Manawatu-Wanganui, Tasman and Southland meet in the semifinals this morning, the Taranaki players can pack their bags for the return trip home reflecting on a one-win, five-loss run at the annual event. The solitary win came in round one - 3-2 over Aorangi.

Taranaki were never in the hunt against Auckland with No 5 Brook Gray and No 4 Joseph Doyle both losing 5 and 3, while Zac Lewis managed to square his match with Tae Koh. Jamie Reid went down 5 and 4 with No 1 Brad Hayward always behind against Sam An losing 4 and 3.

Things never improved in the afternoon, with Gray losing 3 and 2 to Manawatu-Wanganui's Hayden Ring. Doyle was in much better form but couldn't pull off a victory, losing 1-down to Junior Tatana. Lewis halved his match with Trent Munn, as did Reid in his match against Lachie McDonald. Hayward went down 3 and 2 to Josh Munn.

Reid was the best performed of the Taranaki players over the week with three wins, a half and two losses. Hayward and Doyle both had two-win, four-loss records while Lewis had one win, two halves and three losses. Doyle lost all six games.

Tasman booked a place in the semifinals with a win over North Harbour and will face Manawatu-Wanganui this morning. Tasman looked dead and buried after two rounds with a loss and a half, but stormed back to win their last four matches. If Tasman make it through to the final and win, it will only be the second time in the 61-year history of the tournament they have managed to get their name on the trophy.

Defending champions Southland kept their title hopes alive with an emphatic 4-1 win over Auckland in the seventh and final round. They play Bay of Plenty, the team they beat 3-2 in 2011 to win the title.

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