Four take their own paths at PB Open

PETE ANDERSON: In a semifinal against William Brown today. Picture by Paul Rickard
DOWN TO FOUR: Bruce Wilson, of Taupo’s Wairakei International course, advanced to the last four of the Poverty Bay golf open yesterday. Wilson, who won the title in 2013, faced top seed Peter Kerekere this morning. Picture by Paul Rickard

TWO very different paths were taken to reach the same destination as the semifinalists were sorted at the Emerre and Hathaway Poverty Bay men’s golf open yesterday.

Top seed Peter Kerekere cruised into the last four, while the man he faced there needed overtime to work his way into today’s matchplay semifinals.

Wairakei International club member Bruce Wilson earned his 19th-hole beer with a 21st-hole defeat of local golfer Anaru Reedy on the Poverty Bay course.

It set him up for a daunting challenge this morning against defending champion Kerekere, who shook hands with his quarterfinal opponent, Mark Jefferson, 10 holes earlier.

The other semifinal pitted Pete Anderson against Poverty Bay greenkeeper William Brown.

Anderson, the only one of the four remaining who has not won the open, beat Poverty Bay clubmate Brent Colbert 1-up, while Brown saw off seven-time open champion Waka Donnelly 3 and 2.

Left-hander Wilson, in his early 60s, continues to command respect.

The 2013 champion is as solid as he is modest. There are no bells and whistles to his game. He simply hits it down the middle most of the time and complements that with a clinical short game, enhanced by an unflappable temperament.

That eventually got him across the line against “street-fighter” Reedy, who came back from 3-down after 11 holes in their afternoon clash to force sudden death with a birdie on the 18th.

One mistake proved the difference and it came on the 21st (third hole), when Reedy missed a four-foot putt for par.

Wilson, who beat Simon Jeune 2 and 1 in the morning, would be the first to admit solid would probably not be good enough to beat Kerekere.

The 28-year-old was under the card when he put away Collin Jeffrey 4 and 3 yesterday morning, then gave former first-class cricketer Jefferson an 8 and 7 pasting.

Anderson and Colbert battled it out for 18 holes in a duel between Poverty Bay-East Coast masters (over-40s) representative teammates.

Colbert stood out in his bright orange pants but a couple of shanks were to dull his performance. Anderson sank a crucial eight-foot downhill putt for par to go 1-up on the 16th, only for Colbert to put a 6-iron to within a foot of the hole for a gimme birdie on the 17th.

That sublime degenerated towards ridiculous on the 18th as Colbert succumbed and Anderson kept his cool with a regulation par to book a spot in the last four.

Colbert, though, could take some satisfaction from eliminating No.2 seed Tini Hawea 3 and 2 in the morning round, while Anderson knocked out 2014 champion Andrew Higham, who also had shank issues, 2 and 1.

Brown showed plenty to suggest he could add a second open crown to his 2012 success. He predictably put away 57-year-old Alex Kirkpatrick 5 and 3 in the first round, then upped his game in the quarters to delay Napier-based former Gisborne man Donnelly’s quest for a record-equalling eighth open title for at least another year.

Donnelly made birdie-2 on the 20th to beat Tolaga Bay’s Bruce Yates in the morning.

Top 16 results — Round 1 (from Poverty Bay unless otherwise indicated): Peter Kerekere def Collin Jeffrey 4 and 3, Mark Jefferson def David Solomann (Wattle Downs) 2 and 1, Anaru Reedy def Tony Akroyd (Patutahi) 4 and 3, Bruce Wilson (Wairakei International) def Simon Jeune 2 and 1, Waka Donnelly (Napier) def Bruce Yates (Tolaga Bay) on the 20th, William Brown (Waikohu/Poverty Bay) def Alex Kirkpatrick 5 and 3, Pete Anderson def Andrew Higham (Te Puia Springs/Poverty Bay) 2 and 1, Brent Colbert def Tini Hawea (Springfield/Poverty Bay) 3 and 2.

Quarterfinals: Kerekere def Jefferson 8 and 7, Wilson def Reedy on the 21st, Brown def Donnelly 3 and 2, Anderson def Colbert 1-up.

TWO very different paths were taken to reach the same destination as the semifinalists were sorted at the Emerre and Hathaway Poverty Bay men’s golf open yesterday.

Top seed Peter Kerekere cruised into the last four, while the man he faced there needed overtime to work his way into today’s matchplay semifinals.

Wairakei International club member Bruce Wilson earned his 19th-hole beer with a 21st-hole defeat of local golfer Anaru Reedy on the Poverty Bay course.

It set him up for a daunting challenge this morning against defending champion Kerekere, who shook hands with his quarterfinal opponent, Mark Jefferson, 10 holes earlier.

The other semifinal pitted Pete Anderson against Poverty Bay greenkeeper William Brown.

Anderson, the only one of the four remaining who has not won the open, beat Poverty Bay clubmate Brent Colbert 1-up, while Brown saw off seven-time open champion Waka Donnelly 3 and 2.

Left-hander Wilson, in his early 60s, continues to command respect.

The 2013 champion is as solid as he is modest. There are no bells and whistles to his game. He simply hits it down the middle most of the time and complements that with a clinical short game, enhanced by an unflappable temperament.

That eventually got him across the line against “street-fighter” Reedy, who came back from 3-down after 11 holes in their afternoon clash to force sudden death with a birdie on the 18th.

One mistake proved the difference and it came on the 21st (third hole), when Reedy missed a four-foot putt for par.

Wilson, who beat Simon Jeune 2 and 1 in the morning, would be the first to admit solid would probably not be good enough to beat Kerekere.

The 28-year-old was under the card when he put away Collin Jeffrey 4 and 3 yesterday morning, then gave former first-class cricketer Jefferson an 8 and 7 pasting.

Anderson and Colbert battled it out for 18 holes in a duel between Poverty Bay-East Coast masters (over-40s) representative teammates.

Colbert stood out in his bright orange pants but a couple of shanks were to dull his performance. Anderson sank a crucial eight-foot downhill putt for par to go 1-up on the 16th, only for Colbert to put a 6-iron to within a foot of the hole for a gimme birdie on the 17th.

That sublime degenerated towards ridiculous on the 18th as Colbert succumbed and Anderson kept his cool with a regulation par to book a spot in the last four.

Colbert, though, could take some satisfaction from eliminating No.2 seed Tini Hawea 3 and 2 in the morning round, while Anderson knocked out 2014 champion Andrew Higham, who also had shank issues, 2 and 1.

Brown showed plenty to suggest he could add a second open crown to his 2012 success. He predictably put away 57-year-old Alex Kirkpatrick 5 and 3 in the first round, then upped his game in the quarters to delay Napier-based former Gisborne man Donnelly’s quest for a record-equalling eighth open title for at least another year.

Donnelly made birdie-2 on the 20th to beat Tolaga Bay’s Bruce Yates in the morning.

Top 16 results — Round 1 (from Poverty Bay unless otherwise indicated): Peter Kerekere def Collin Jeffrey 4 and 3, Mark Jefferson def David Solomann (Wattle Downs) 2 and 1, Anaru Reedy def Tony Akroyd (Patutahi) 4 and 3, Bruce Wilson (Wairakei International) def Simon Jeune 2 and 1, Waka Donnelly (Napier) def Bruce Yates (Tolaga Bay) on the 20th, William Brown (Waikohu/Poverty Bay) def Alex Kirkpatrick 5 and 3, Pete Anderson def Andrew Higham (Te Puia Springs/Poverty Bay) 2 and 1, Brent Colbert def Tini Hawea (Springfield/Poverty Bay) 3 and 2.

Quarterfinals: Kerekere def Jefferson 8 and 7, Wilson def Reedy on the 21st, Brown def Donnelly 3 and 2, Anderson def Colbert 1-up.

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