As has been the trend in recent years the Match vs Wellington was played on a very wet day at Levin. Last year Manawatu Wanganui dominated in similar conditions, in a match reduced to just 18 holes. This year we were looking for a similar result, but to win over 36 holes.
The morning round in the end was very close with the Juniors winning 5 - 1 and the Masters winning 4 - 2. A slightly weakened Manawatu Senior line up without NZ reps Josh Munn and Tyler Hodge, surprisingly went down 8.5 - 3.5. The Wellington players were showing some very good form, and clearly did not want to lose the trophy two years in a row. The women also battled hard but trailed 5.5 - 2.5 after the morning. Some good results from some of the women was very positive, with a battling half by Amber Rose Thompson Newth and wins to Leanne Corbett and Jenny Ritchie the highlight. Emma Clayton also took National Rep Julianne Alvarez to the final hole, which was great to see. The total after the morning was 17 - 15 to Wellington, but still anyone's match.
In the afternoon we were loking for another good performance from the Junior and Masters teams with the Senior Men and Women looking to reverse the result from the morning. After 13 holes the Senior Men were ahead in 7 of the 12 matches so were looking good for a positive result. However in the end Wellington seemed to play a little better in the very wet conditions, which made putting difficult, and a cold southery kicked in to make things more unpleasant. Trent Munn and Ewan Westergaard both all square heading down the last, both had birdie putts holed by their opposition to swing those matches, while Josh Sedgewick and Guy Perry also had their matches swing late in the round to their opposition. In the end the Seniors were again handed an 8.5 - 3.5 defeat. The Wellington Junior Boys team improved in the afternoon to make that result 3 - 3, and the Masters result surprisingly went the way of the Wellington team 6 - 0. The women's team could only record one win to Amber-Rose Thompson-Newth in the afternoon matches.
Once all the matches were counted up for the day, the final result was 41.5 - 21.5 to Wellington. This was a disappointing result for Manawatu Wanganui. In the end it seemed that Wellington were able to handle the weather conditions better, and just seemed to hole alot more putts. Highlights were the Juniors winning their match up 8 - 4, with Luke Harrison recording 2 wins, and Greg Shaw and Casey Jensen also unbeaten recording a win and a half. For the Women, Amber-Rose Thompson Newth was unbeaten with a win and a half, and for the Senior Men, Jack Leenards recorded 2 wins.