The Central Otago Inter-club series for 2018 has reached the halfway point with the all 8 teams still in with a chance of winning the competition. It is the closest race for the title since the Inter-club Championship was established, more than a decade ago.
The event is contested by 8 Central Otago clubs, represented by teams of 6, with the best 5 nett scores counting in each round of the series. Each club hosts a round of the competition, usually played in conjunction with the clubs own stroke-lay competition on the day.
Queenstown lead Wanaka by 5 strokes, with Cromwell 2 strokes further back. Wanaka took advantage of the home course venue for round 4, winning the round and overtaking Cromwell, Dunstan, Alexandra and Millbrook on the table.
Cromwell have home course advantage for the next round and Queenstown host the final round, meaning the race is far from over. Millbrook also still have a home round to be played and, at just 17 strokes back from the leaders, they are still very much in contention.
The format means that single round swings of more than 20 strokes are the norm, so with 4 rounds still to play and only 50 strokes covering the field, all teams are still in with a chance to win the title.
The competition now goes into recess for the winter and recommences with round 5 late in August.
Results are published here: