Aorangi close but no cigar

Last updated 08:44 06/12/2012

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The young Aorangi team had a much better day at the men's Interprovincial at the Otago Golf Club against two of the big guns but still could not manage an upset win.

In the morning Wellington got past them 3-2 but not without Aorangi giving them a scare.

In the afternoon Aorangi went down to Auckland by the same score but were well beaten in three of the match-ups.

Against Wellington No 2 Jordan Green beat Fraser Maclachlan 4 and 3 while Damian Rodgers beat Adam Church 2-up, to record his second win in three matches playing at No 4.

In the clash of the No 1s Wellington's Marc Jennings beat Cameron Grant 1-up while George Wardell could not make up the deficit on the second nine going down 3 and 2.

Garth Simpson was in a similar position letting James Donnelly get away over their first nine holes and going down 4 and 3.

In the afternoon Auckland proved too strong with three big victories but Wardell secured his first interprovincial win with a 3 and 2 victory over Josh Leitch.

Green also finished off well recording his second win of the day 2-up against Nick Volke.

Grant and Simpson both lost 6 and 5 to Sam An and Tae Koh respectively, while Rodgers went down 7 and 5 to Jonathan Ratcliffe.

Manager Grant Williams said the team did Aorangi proud against a couple of tough opponents. "We were a chance of an upset against Wellington but just couldn't quite pull it off.

"Cameron fought his way back from four down to lose on the last and then Sam An lit the course up in the afternoon with six birdies, I think."

Williams said it was great for Wardell to get his first win at his first interprovincial. "It will certainly help him going forward."

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- The Timaru Herald

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