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Sloan team comes up short

Our Sloan team fought hard in its first outing of the season but were edged by Golden Downs at Tasman on Sunday (March 27).

On a stunning autumn day for golf, our juniors shared the spoils with Mike Murphy posting an emphatic 6/5 win and Ian Hanford going down 5/3. Mike was always ahead of an out-of-sorts opponent. Ian was all square after nine but succumbed to a succession of birdies and pars from his rival. 

We also shared the intermediate matches after Neil McLaren played to his handicap but went down 2/1, while Aaron Kotua eked out a 1 up result on a course he likes to keep us in the tie.

In a topsy turvey match, our No 2 Keri Kotua did well to come from two down with two to play to snatch a draw and a half a point. At the top, Peter Green was three up early on but paid the price for too many missed short putts against an experienced opponent to slip to a 2/1 defeat.

The 6 1/2 to 2 1/2 loss (the winning team gets three extra points) means we sit at the bottom of the table after two rounds, but we have already had our bye.

In other results, perennial favourite Motueka consolidated its lead with an 8-1 win over Takaka after both Totaradale and Greenacres suffered surprise losses. Totaradale was outplayed 7-2 by an inspired Murchison team lead by its top three players who all won. And Nelson reversed a long run of poor form with a narrow 6 1/2 to 2 1/2 victory over Greenacres thanks to some more top order heroics.

The points table after two rounds is : Motueka 15, Totaradale 10 1/2, Greenacres 9 1/2, Golden Downs and Tasman 8 1/2, Murchison 8, Nelson 7, Takaka 3, Waahi Taakaro 2 1/2.

Our next round is at Golden Downs against Takaka on April 10.

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