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Thirty-seven years after his father, Greg, won the title in 1981, 18-year-old Jack Turner won the Otago match play title at Balmacewen yesterday afternoon.

He not only won the title but did so in style, going 5 under par to beat the defending champion, Scott Hellier, by an impressive 6 and 5 margin.

The win also ensures that the Wakatipu golfer  is a frontrunner to gain selection in the Otago quintet to compete in the Toro interprovincial tournament at Clearwater, Christchurch, late next month.

Blake Mason beat Southland’s Leith Campion 2 and 1 to win the senior plate, while Oamaru golfer Jonny MacKay took senior B honours, beating Hayden Robertson in the final.

Laura Hoskin cemented her place as Otago’s top woman after qualifying top and winning three games to take the title.

But she did not have everything her own way and had to step up to beat 13-year-old Sumin Kang on the final green of the final.

Susan Greig (St Clair) won the women’s plate and Murray Edgar continued his fine form at Balmacewen to take the masters (over-40) title.

In the senior final, Turner took an early lead with back-to-back birdies on the second and third holes but his lead was reduced to one when Hellier made a birdie 3 on the fourth hole.

The pair halved the fifth and Turner went two ahead when Hellier made a bogey 5 on the sixth hole.

Turner hit an 8 iron to within 4m of the cup at the seventh and slotted the putt for a birdie 2 to go three ahead, and turned four ahead after Hellier’s approach finished through the green.

He went five up after holing a 58-degree wedge for an eagle 2 at the 10th and won the notorious Glen hole when Hellier lost his ball after a wayward tee shot.

Hellier kept the match alive with a birdie 2 on the 12th but the match finished on the next green with Hellier making a bogey 6.

In the women’s final, Hoskin looked set for another good winning margin after winning three of the first six holes.

But Kang showed maturity beyond her years, winning the next three holes with two birdies to turn all square.

Hoskin won 10 and 12 but once again Kang fought back and Hoskin was forced to win the final two holes with birdies to take the honours.

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