Toomey's illness a setback

16:00, Dec 05 2012

A stomach bug that laid low Luke Toomey handicapped the Waikato side as they fell to their first defeat of the national men's amateur teams tournament in Dunedin yesterday.

Toomey's illness ruled him out of playing against defending champions Southland, enforcing a move up the order for Tom Brockelsby, Ho Jun Sung and Steve Kuggeleijn to fill in for their No 2 player, with reserve Nick Coxon joining the playing ranks at No 5.

Coxon performed admirably to record a win on debut, but Waikato's only other point came from No 1 Compton Pikari, who halved his match with Tyler McLean. Waikato were always playing catch up against a side very familiar with the Otago Golf Club's Balmacewen course as Pikari, Brockelsby and Kuggeleijn all trailed by three holes after playing just six holes.

Kuggeleijn fought back to get within a hole of rival No 4 Jeremy Hall but lost 2 down after Hall won their last hole, while Brockelsby couldn't get near Scott Hellier in a 4 and 2 defeat. The loss left Waikato second in Division One behind Southland.

Results: Waikato 1.5 lost to Southland 3.5: Compton Pikari all square with Tyler McLean, Tom Brockelsby lost to Scott Hellier 4 and 2, Ho Jun Sung lost 5 and 4 to Liam Balneaves, Steven Kuggeleijn lost 2 down to Jeremy Hall, Nick Coxon beat Matt Tautari 1 up.