Wanganui club Tawhero have flown under the radar for most of the B Grade season, qualifying for the semi final in 3rd place. They faced Hawkestone in the semi-final, winning 5.5 to 3.5, to set up a final against top seeds and favourites Marton. The Marton team were awarded with the home advantage in the finals series due to being top seeds and most people probably expected them to win, and gain promotion back to A grade for 2017. However Tawhero had other ideas and prevailed 5.5 - 3.5 in a close final.
Marton would have been well aware that the home advantage does not necessarily guarantee a win in finals series. It was not that long ago that they defeated Levin at Levin in a semi final, then beat Manawatu at Manawatu in the final the next day to win the A Grade competition.
This result means that Tawhero will be back into A Grade for 2017. They had previous held a position in the A grade competition for many years until being relegated a couple of years back. This is a big achievement for the small club that play at the 9 hole Tawhero course, which is part of the River City Golf complex. They intend to have a club celebration of the result in a couple of weeks.
Meanwhile. in the A grade competition Manawatu went to the top of the table with a win against previously unbeaten Palmerston North 8 - 4.That result could well have decided the top seeded team heading into the finals, giving that team a home final if they are to get prevail in the semi final played on a neutral course.
Taihape had a big win against Wanganui 9 - 3, and are now real contenders for the semi-finals. They have former Taihape regular Ben Cribb back playing for them, who is back living in the district after a few years in Wellington. Cribb although not playing a lot of golf these days is a huge boost to Taihape's chances in the competition this year. They have also picked up another solid performer in Richie Nimmo, after Rangatira decided not to enter a team into B Grade this season. These additions create a strong line up for Taihape's remaining games, which includes a big match against Foxton at Taihape in the last round robin match up.The winner of that match will likely be the 4th semi finalist.
Foxton are now in 4th place after defeating Levin 7.5 - 4.5 at home. Number 1 Junior Tatana had a hole in one on the par 3 tenth hole. In the other match Feilding comfortably beat Castlecliff 10.5 to 1.5.
The 6th round is at Wanganui Golf Club next Sunday.