Top order thwarted in bid for shield-clincher
The Waikato men's representative golf side will head to the national interprovincial championship boosted by a strong showing at the weekend.
They narrowly missed out on capturing the Garrard Shield at the Royal Auckland Golf Club after drawing their final match in the four-team tournament 4-4 with shield victor Bay of Plenty.
A win over Bay of Plenty would have been enough to give the eight-man Waikato side the title.
They led 4-2 but couldn't grab at least half a point from their top two players, Compton Pikari and Luke Toomey, in the final matches at the top of the order.
Waikato No 2 Toomey went down 3 and 2 against Bay of Plenty's Peter Lee and when Pikari couldn't quite manage to get up and down from off the green on the 17th hole, he had to concede a 2 and 1 defeat to opposing No 1 Brad Kendall.
Waikato had registered a 5.5-2.5 victory over Northland on Saturday afternoon after losing 4.5-3.5 to Auckland in their morning matchup.
The team's No 4 Ho Jun Sung was a standout. He won all three matches to cement his place in the representative team to contest the interprovincial event in Dunedin from December 4-12.
Pikari and Toomey maintain the top two spots, with Tom Brockelsby, who had two impressive wins at the weekend to play at No 3.
Sung will occupy the No4 spot with Steven Kuggeleijn grabbing the last starting place ahead of travelling reserve Nick Coxon.
Jason Boobyer provided one of the highlights for the side when he shot 66 to propel himself to a 7 and 6 win over BoP's Cam Neal yesterday.
The Waikato under-19 side were also pipped for the Ralph Cup.
They scored victories over Auckland 4-0 and Northland 3-1 before going down 3-1 to overall victors Bay of Plenty yesterday.
Sam Vincent was a standout for Waikato.
He registered 7 and 5 and 8 and 6 wins on Saturday against his Auckland and Northland opponents respectively.