Kia ora everyone

We’re at the sharp end of the Match Play Champs – this weekend it’s the Men’s turn to find their finalists. TAB picks in bold.

With a combined age of 237 years, we have the top four in the poorly named Junior Division. I prefer to call them the Rhino’s. Short-tempered, half blind, and not that athletic. But match-hardened no less. Two cracking semis here, #1 seed Lawrie Gibbons vs Alastair Reed in match one and #2 seed Brian Hughes taking on Dave Elers. Let’s see who holds their nerve with the short stick to win through to the final. I can’t even bring myself to pick a favourite in either match. Plus Mugabe shouted me a beer on Saturday to not put the kiss of death on him.

Not surprisingly, the Intermediate Division has been a blood bath. It is such a great Division! Just making the final four is an achievement in itself; now that they’re here, we’ll have four determined players wanting to make the big show on the 7th of November. Match one has Allan Williams taking on Brad Swan. Santa is a Pennant regular but Brad has been quietly going about his business to rightfully claim a semi berth. Sorry Santa, you get the nod here in the first TAB pick of the day. Match two? Dale McGuire can’t play Senior Pennants all season and not expect the top billing. This should be a cracker against Steve Rolls. Rollsy is another Pennant regular and ex Club Champ – this match has the making of a real cracker.

In the big show we have Tawera Williams taking on Paul Crone in match one. Tawera is the defending champ but Croney never knows when to quit; let’s not forget that final day performance in Taupo to win the Champs Pennant in May. Tawera gets the favourite tag but I’m picking an upset here. Match two has Hayden White against Liam McFarlane. Liam will be wanting to go one better than last season when he was pipped at the post in the final. Hayden has been doing a ton of work to let the young fellas know that there’s plenty of top golf left in him yet. I can’t pick a winner. Both of these matches are worth following on their own. To see them in one group at a local Club competition is awesome. If you want to see how golf can really be played, get out and watch these guys go at it.

Good luck to everyone.

Dave McIntosh

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