Departing Bateman excels in Russley win

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 05:00 12/11/2012

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Harry Bateman wanted to go out with a bang in his last official golf fixture for Russley and the Canterbury No 3 did exactly that.

After crushing one Canterbury team-mate in yesterday's Woodward Cup semifinal at Waitikiri, he knocked over another to help his club win the interclub competition, narrowly beating Waitikiri 3 -2 .

Bateman was four up in the final against Canterbury team-mate Jason Yoo after just nine holes and at that stage, the Woodward Cup looked almost certain to be heading to Russley.

They were well up in three matches and square in another before the hosts rallied through the back nine.

Waitikiri green keeper and No 3 Richard Belcher made an impressive birdie on the long par-4 18th to snatch a half while Chris Bond won on 18.

An earlier easy win to former New Zealand masters player Ian Donaldson left 16-year-old No 1 Yoo needing to halve his match with Bateman to force a playoff.

He was three down with three to play, but won 16 and 17 and knocked his approach on 18 to 15 feet.

But Bateman went better and hit his second to three feet.

When Yoo missed his putt, Bateman's was conceded and Russley were Woodward Cup champions.

"It's a great way to finish with Russley," said Bateman who will head back home to Masterton after his Canterbury duties before heading overseas next year.

"It feels bloody good to win it, especially to do it against Jason at the end there, he came back really well and showed great ticker."

Russley qualified for yesterday's playoffs in only fourth spot, but struck form when it counted.

For the second year in a row, the women's Pollock Cup final was decided by a playoff.

Russley and Coringa won two matches each in the final and Russley put No 1 Elisha Crosbie out for the playoff against Coringa's No 4, Louise Gebbie.

Gebbie had birdied the playoff hole, the 18th, in regulation and she did it again in the playoff, rolling in a 20-foot putt to win the title for Coringa.

"I wasn't nervous at all during the playoff which is odd because normally I am," she said. "I had joked with my team and said, ‘it's OK, I'll just birdie it like I did earlier' and then I did. It was a pretty cool feeling."

Gebbie, who had the competition's best record all season, said the win was a relief after her team had been the most consistent all season and were finals favourites.

The Blank title was won by Russley, who beat Templeton 7-1 in the final while Christchurch won the Simon Cup after a 6-2 win over Waitikiri.

Results:

Men's Woodward Cup final: Russley 3½ Waitikiri 2½ (Harry Bateman beat Jason Yoo 2 up, Owen Burgess beat Kevin Moyle 5 and 3, Andrew Dufton halved with Richard Belcher, Mark O'Malley lost to Ian Donaldson 7/6, Regan Kilpatrick lost to Chris Bond one down, Michael McAuley beat Garth Simpson 2 and 1)

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Semifinals - Russley 3½ Christchurch 2½, Waitikiri 5 Templeton 1.

Women's Pollock Cup final: Russley 2 Coringa 2* (Elisha Crosbie beat Melissa Newburn 5 and 3, Jess Guenzerodt beat Fiona Gebbie 8 and 6, Zhantel Weekes lost to Kim Moggach 5 and 3, Nicole Nathan lost to Louise Gebbie 2 and 1.

* Coringa win on first playoff hole

Semifinals - Russley 2 Waimairi Beach 2 (Russley win via countback), Coringa 4 Templeton 0.

- Canterbury

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