Newcomer Josh Taylor came from nowhere to win the Taieri Classic on the Taieri Lakes course yesterday.
Playing over two rounds, Taylor and Matt McLean, of the Harewood club in Christchurch, each ended up on 145, and the match went to a playoff.
The duo went to the 18th and played it twice, both parring the hole each time.
On the third attempt, Taylor nabbed a birdie to gain the whip hand on McLean, who could not match Taylor’s effort.
Taylor is from Australia and arrived in Dunedin only last week. He was keen for some golf and came along to Taieri yesterday, making the field when someone pulled out.
He hit 75 in his first round but went better in the second round, hitting a 70. McLean hit 67 in his first round and then blew out with a 78.
Thee shots behind the winning duo was Blake Mason, of Wanaka, and Hayden Robertson was one shot further back.