Cantabs out of deep hole

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

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Canterbury had to fight back from being "down the gurgler" to snatch a valuable half in their opening national teams championship match at Dunedin's Balmacewen Golf Course.

Against Tasman, which only narrowly missed out on the semifinals last year, three Canterbury players were two down after nine holes.

Manager Rod Hayes said that to come back from there and show the fight needed to take something out of the contest was pleasing.

"At that stage it looked like things were heading down the gurgler, but the guys did well. Actually we were a bit unlucky at the end too, it could have been different," he said.

On the short par-four eighth, the teams' 17th hole, Canterbury No 3 Harry Bateman lost his ball in long grass just off the fairway and lost the hole to go one down after earlier fighting his way back from two down to square.

Nic Kay, the Canterbury No 4, had the opposite happen and his opponent lost a ball in the same spot, letting the Coringa player get back to square.

Batemen halved the 18th to lose one down while Kay was unable to make par at the 18th, losing that hole to lose 1 down.

Captain and No 5 Tom Turner bounced back from two down to halve his match while Nos 1 and 3 Jordan Bakermans and Owen Burgess both had wins.

Bakermans birdied the 17th and halved 18 to beat Blair Riordan one up.

Burgess was far too good for Hamish Campbell, winning 3 and 2.

Burgess said the fact the Canterbury side were able to fight out a half when they didn't play as well as they would have liked held them in good stead for the rest of the week.

"It is one of those tournaments where you just have to hang in there.

"On some holes a par is good enough down here and you just have to play sensibly.

"Scratching out a result is how you do well in this tournament."

It gets no easier for Canterbury from here.

One of the tournament favourites, they play hosts Otago this morning.

Canterbury lost to Otago earlier in the season, also at Balmacewen.

However, that Canterbury side was missing both Bakermans and Kay.

Results: Canterbury 2 Tasman 2 Jordan Bakermans bt Blair Riordan 1up, Owen Burgess bt Hamish Campbell 3/2, Harry Bateman lost to Ryan Chisnall 1 down, Nic Kay lost to Glen Drummond 1 down, Tom Turner halved with Nick Ludbrook. 

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