What an end to the round robin play with a playoff to decide the
who faces Kawerau come finals time.
The day started slowly with an all too familiar result in the
morning foursomes. With a win and loss and a half to leave both
teams on 1 1/2 points. Mount were proving to be tough opponents
having come right towards the tail end of the season.
Come the afternoon we needed a big effort to make sure we won to
secure a finals spot. Things went anything other than planned with
Tauranga going down to the mount 5 to 4. With the highlights of the
afternoon a comfortable win to Jason, a gritty half to wee James
Cannon, and Oliver Coxhead was the hero on the day to pull off some
shots that he only can to win his match and secure enough points to
put Tauranga into a tie with Omanu for second position. Omanu had a
stella day winning all bar one game to beat Springfield and thrust
themselves into a tie for second position with Tauranga.
Hot of wining his singles match it was decided that Oliver would
play the playoff hole. It was safe to say he was nervous with his
drive ending up in a less than ideal position behind a tree (some
could hear his knees rattling from the clubhouse!). His opponent
had similar issues and it ended up that both were on the green
putting for pars, and to Tauranga's good fortune the Omanu player 3
putted for a double handing Tauranga a spot in the final.
So the senior A's have done what they needed to do and will face
Kawarau in the final held at Taupo late may, with many improvements
needed to be made to be competitive against the rock solid Kawerau
Courtesy of reporter and assistant manager.
Toby Pudney (BcM)