Otago made a decent start to round 5 of the Freyberg Masters at Taupo this morning, being ahead in three matches and halved in the other two, after four holes. The two teams were tied at 2 1/2 each at the turn and remained in that position with four holes to play.
However, team captain Aaron Charteris, was the only player to hold on in the final run home. Playing at number four, he went two up in the opening holes and held that lead all the way to win 2/1.
Gary Creedy, at number three, was one up with four to play but his match slipped away and he finished one down. Brett McCormack was all square with four to play, but like Creedy, he couldn’t hold on and finished one down at the 18th and Hawkes Bay took the honours 4 – 1.
The players have the afternoon off and will resume with two rounds tomorrow (Thursday). Otago will face Poverty Bay in the morning and this should present them with the best chance of a win so far. Canterbury will be a major obstacle in the afternoon and the team has a bye on Friday morning.
But Otago’s final round on Friday afternoon is against Taranaki; another team towards the foot of the table and another real chance for the Otago quintet to shine.
If they can record two wins in their last three rounds, then they have a chance of finishing in a respectable position on the 15- District competition table.
To follow the action on NZG’s “Live Leaderboard” – click the link below:
Scores and points table at round 5 are published here: