Date: February 17, 2010

New Zealand retains Sanctuary Cove Cup

courtesy: New Zealand Golf New Zealand has produced an overwhelming effort to dominate the Trans-Tasman Seniors golf international against Australia in Christchurch. The New Zealand squad retained the Sanctuary Cove Cup in thoroughly convincing fashion 18-6 at Clearwater Resort. New Zealand win the final day singles 9 to 2 after winning both foursomes and fourball competition yesterday, which means the overall honours are now shared, two apiece. Australia won in 2007 and 2008 and the Kiwis in 2009 and this week in Christchurch. Hero of today s singles was Wanganui greenkeeper Barry Shannon who found a real affinity with the greens at Clearwater. Leading off this morning, Shannon came from behind with eight one-putts from his final nine greens to win 2 and 1 over Denis Dale (NSW) to set the New Zealanders on their winning path. Starting with a five-point advantage, New Zealand needed four wins from today s 12 singles that was secured, fittingly, by local Christchurch golfer Ian Donaldson who beat South Australia s John Beaumont 2up to ensure the kiwis overall victory. Their other singles wins went to Eric Brodie (Wairakei), Ron Olivecrona (Waikanae), Andrew McKechnie (Hamilton), Owen Kendall (Mt Maunganui), Murray Martin (New Plymouth), Rodney Barltrop (Royal Wellington) and Phil Mosley (Muriwai), with Arthur Parkin all square against Canberra s Tony Gover. Five players Donaldson, Brodie, McKechnie, Mosley and Martin won all three matches. Day 2 scores, singles, New Zealand 9 Australia 2 (New Zealand names first): Barry Shannon bt Denis Dale 2 and 1, Frank Borren lost to Ross Percy 1 down, Eric Brodie bt Greg Corben 1up, Ron Olivecrona bt Chris Tatt 2 and 1, Ian Donaldson bt John Beaumont 2up, John Sanders lost to Brian Sams 2 and 1, Andrew McKechnie bt Chris Coats 3 and 2, Owen Kendall bt Stefan Albinski 1up, Arthur Parkin and Tony Gover all square, Murray martin bt Bill Banks 2 and 1, Rodney Barltrop bt Grahame MacDonald 3 and 2, Phil Mosley bt Ian Read 5 and 4. Foursomes: New Zealand 4 Australia 1 . Fourball: New Zealand 4 Australia 2: Final score: New Zealand 18 Australia 6.