Taranaki V Auckland Development Match

The Auckland and Taranaki Boy's Developmant teams competed in a closely fought match at New Plymouth Golf Club on Thursday 13th July. Conditions could be best described as brutal with biting cold winds and squally showers all day. The Morning matches went the way of  Auckland to lead 5-3 at Lunchtime. Finn McKechnie was the standout with an impressive 8/7 win.

The afternoon matches seemed to be heading the way of the morning matches with the Auckland numbers 8 - 5 all in control and  soon had 3 wins under their belts. However Ryan Joll playing at number 7 managed to claw his way to a 1 stroke lead heading to the last hole and with Taranaki's top 4 all leading a drawn match seemed possible. Joll however hit his tee shot in to the hazard off the tee and when he eventually sunk a 5 foot putt for a seven his opponent Charlie Brunton had 2 putts from 4 feet to win the hole and give the Auckland team the win. Unfortunately for Brunton just as he putted for his par a strong gust of wind came through and he watched his ball just miss the hole and continued to trickle all the way off the front  of the green to enable Joll to win his match.

Comfortable wins for Ethan Jones, Monte Burmester and Josh Morris for Taranaki meant the match hinged on the outcome of the Max Shearer Jackson Kane contest. The 2 teenagers reached the 18th Green all square and with Kane facing a 6 foot putt from the same side of the green  where Charlie Brunton's ball had rolled off the greenthe pressure was on. Kane showed great composure to calmly slot the putt and in doing so gain the 1/2 point to give Auckland victory 8 1/2 - 7 1/2.

It should be noted that everybody who competed yesterday regardless of the results must be congratulated for competing in such difficult conditons it will be a very long time before they encounter a day of golf like it again.


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