PBEC masters earn respect

‘You guys were better than what the results showed’

‘You guys were better than what the results showed’

PBEC MASTERS: The PBEC team who competed at the Freyberg Masters in Dunedin are, back row (from left): Anaru Reedy and Simon Jeune. Front: Brent Colbert, Collin Jeffrey and Pete Anderson. The team finished 15th and bottom of the table but had 11 individual wins and one team victory over Manawatu-Wanganui, a province with far greater resources and playing numbers. Picture supplied
Collin Jeffery enhanced his liquor cabinet

COLLIN Jeffrey has a favourite saying.

“There’s nothing like the taste of a free beer.”

The just-turned-50-year-old has uttered those words several times this year after successful Saturday haggles, and yesterday he got to recite them again following Poverty Bay-East Coast’s Freyberg Masters interprovincial campaign in Dunedin last week.

Drought ends with draught

Jeffrey, at No.2 in the five-man team, managed only one win over the week-long matchplay tournament for over-40-year-olds, but it was pivotal — it came in PBEC’s 3-2 team victory against Manawatu-Wanganui.

The question lingers as to whether he was more inspired by getting one on the board for the team or by a text from good mate and former PBEC representative Rowan Clark, saying he would shout him a crate of Waikato Draught if he won against Man-Wang.

Team success was the likely motivation as Jeffrey’s 3 and 2 win helped his province end a Freyberg Masters team win drought dating back at least seven years. Despite their best efforts and a gutsy performance from the country’s smallest golfing province, PBEC were unable to promote themselves from their perennial position at the foot of the table.

Earned respect despite position on table

The team of Anaru Reedy, Jeffrey, Brent Colbert, Pete Anderson and Simon Jeune finished on one team point and 11 individual wins — 1½ individual wins behind 14th-placed Tasman. The position, though, doesn’t tell the story of a display that earned PBEC the respect of all opposition and specific praise from a former New Zealand representative.

“You guys were better than what the results showed,” 1979-1990 NZ rep and now NZ Golf’s golf manager Phil Aickin told Anderson in an email. “You really pushed some of the opposition.”

Career highlight for Anderson

Anderson, in his first Freyberg masters, was the most successful of the PBEC side over a gruelling week in which teams played eight rounds of matchplay on a testing Chisholm Links course.

The 40-year-old, at No.4 in the team, had four wins, lost one match on the 18th, two on the 17th and one on 16. The wins all came in a row from rounds 4 to 7, including the Man-Wang tie where he recorded an emphatic 5 and 4 triumph.

Anderson described his whitewash-saving win against Wellington’s Martin Webber as a career highlight. Trailing 2-down on the 15th tee, he won three of the last four holes for a 1-up win. He found a bunker with his tee shot on the 252-metre par-4 18th but played a superb shot over a steeply-sloped face to put his ball to six-foot from the pin, then sank the putt for a birdie and the win.

Reedy enhanced reputation

Reedy further enhanced his reputation in an admirable performance at No.1. Having provided five of PBEC’s 8½ individual points at the 2015 Freyberg Masters, it was always going to be a challenge for Reedy to emulate that return at the top of the order.

He was a little disappointed with his return of two halves and one win but bar one loss on the 15th, Reedy was competitive throughout the week, with three of his losses coming on the 17th and one on the 18th. He proved he is a genuine No.1, probably the first PBEC have had for many years.

The ever-reliable Jeune, who has played in more Freyberg Masters than the rest of the team put together, had three wins at No.5 including the Man-Wang clash.

No.3 Colbert battled his way through the week. Affected by a hip problem, but with no team reserve to call on to give him a break, he was rewarded in the final round (against Tasman) with his first and only win. His teammates told him before the match that they would shout him all night if he won. They complied.

Looking back . . . and ahead

Overall the team were pleased with how strongly they competed and that no province was able to whitewash them. But they felt they should have picked up at least another team win. They had their chances, particularly against Waikato, who won 3-2 after Jeffrey lost on the 18th in what turned out to be the deciding match.

Perhaps Clark should have sent his text before that one.

An enthusiastic Anderson is already looking to the 2017 Freyberg Masters at Auckland’s Whitford Park. He and Reedy intend to put together a wider squad to prepare well in advance and they expect the 2017 team to be stronger.

Former PBEC rep Waka Donnelly played No.1 for Hawke’s Bay at this year’s masters. He had two wins as HB finished 11th overall.

Jeffrey received his crate yesterday.

COLLIN Jeffrey has a favourite saying.

“There’s nothing like the taste of a free beer.”

The just-turned-50-year-old has uttered those words several times this year after successful Saturday haggles, and yesterday he got to recite them again following Poverty Bay-East Coast’s Freyberg Masters interprovincial campaign in Dunedin last week.

Drought ends with draught

Jeffrey, at No.2 in the five-man team, managed only one win over the week-long matchplay tournament for over-40-year-olds, but it was pivotal — it came in PBEC’s 3-2 team victory against Manawatu-Wanganui.

The question lingers as to whether he was more inspired by getting one on the board for the team or by a text from good mate and former PBEC representative Rowan Clark, saying he would shout him a crate of Waikato Draught if he won against Man-Wang.

Team success was the likely motivation as Jeffrey’s 3 and 2 win helped his province end a Freyberg Masters team win drought dating back at least seven years. Despite their best efforts and a gutsy performance from the country’s smallest golfing province, PBEC were unable to promote themselves from their perennial position at the foot of the table.

Earned respect despite position on table

The team of Anaru Reedy, Jeffrey, Brent Colbert, Pete Anderson and Simon Jeune finished on one team point and 11 individual wins — 1½ individual wins behind 14th-placed Tasman. The position, though, doesn’t tell the story of a display that earned PBEC the respect of all opposition and specific praise from a former New Zealand representative.

“You guys were better than what the results showed,” 1979-1990 NZ rep and now NZ Golf’s golf manager Phil Aickin told Anderson in an email. “You really pushed some of the opposition.”

Career highlight for Anderson

Anderson, in his first Freyberg masters, was the most successful of the PBEC side over a gruelling week in which teams played eight rounds of matchplay on a testing Chisholm Links course.

The 40-year-old, at No.4 in the team, had four wins, lost one match on the 18th, two on the 17th and one on 16. The wins all came in a row from rounds 4 to 7, including the Man-Wang tie where he recorded an emphatic 5 and 4 triumph.

Anderson described his whitewash-saving win against Wellington’s Martin Webber as a career highlight. Trailing 2-down on the 15th tee, he won three of the last four holes for a 1-up win. He found a bunker with his tee shot on the 252-metre par-4 18th but played a superb shot over a steeply-sloped face to put his ball to six-foot from the pin, then sank the putt for a birdie and the win.

Reedy enhanced reputation

Reedy further enhanced his reputation in an admirable performance at No.1. Having provided five of PBEC’s 8½ individual points at the 2015 Freyberg Masters, it was always going to be a challenge for Reedy to emulate that return at the top of the order.

He was a little disappointed with his return of two halves and one win but bar one loss on the 15th, Reedy was competitive throughout the week, with three of his losses coming on the 17th and one on the 18th. He proved he is a genuine No.1, probably the first PBEC have had for many years.

The ever-reliable Jeune, who has played in more Freyberg Masters than the rest of the team put together, had three wins at No.5 including the Man-Wang clash.

No.3 Colbert battled his way through the week. Affected by a hip problem, but with no team reserve to call on to give him a break, he was rewarded in the final round (against Tasman) with his first and only win. His teammates told him before the match that they would shout him all night if he won. They complied.

Looking back . . . and ahead

Overall the team were pleased with how strongly they competed and that no province was able to whitewash them. But they felt they should have picked up at least another team win. They had their chances, particularly against Waikato, who won 3-2 after Jeffrey lost on the 18th in what turned out to be the deciding match.

Perhaps Clark should have sent his text before that one.

An enthusiastic Anderson is already looking to the 2017 Freyberg Masters at Auckland’s Whitford Park. He and Reedy intend to put together a wider squad to prepare well in advance and they expect the 2017 team to be stronger.

Former PBEC rep Waka Donnelly played No.1 for Hawke’s Bay at this year’s masters. He had two wins as HB finished 11th overall.

Jeffrey received his crate yesterday.

PBEC results from Freyberg Masters in Dunedin

PBEC ½ Otago 4½: Anaru Reedy halved, Collin Jeffrey lost 1-down, Brent Colbert lost 2 and 1, Pete Anderson lost 3 and 1, Simon Jeune lost 3 and 2.

PBEC 1 Bay of Plenty 4: Reedy lost 2 and 1, Jeffrey lost 5 and 4, Colbert lost 4 and 3, Anderson lost 3 and 1, Jeune won 3 and 2.

PBEC 2 Waikato 3: Reedy won 4 and 2, Jeffrey lost 1-down, Colbert lost 2 and 1, Anderson lost 3 and 2, Jeune won 2 and 1.

PBEC 1 Canterbury 4: Reedy lost 4 and 3, Jeffrey lost 5 and 4, Colbert lost 2 and 1, Anderson won 1-up, Jeune lost 5 and 4.

PBEC 1 Wellington 4: Reedy lost 1-down, Jeffrey lost 6 and 5, Colbert lost 6 and 5, Anderson won 1-up, Jeune lost 6 and 5.

PBEC 3 Manawatu-Wanganui 2: Reedy lost 2 and 1, Jeffrey won 3 and 2, Colbert lost 4 and 3, Anderson won 5 and 4, Jeune won 2 and 1.

PBEC 1½ Northland 3½: Reedy halved, Jeffrey lost 3 and 1, Colbert lost 5 and 3, Anderson won 1-up, Jeune lost 2 and 1.

PBEC 1 Tasman 4: Reedy lost 2 and 1, Jeffrey lost 6 and 5, Colbert won 1-up, Anderson lost 1-down, Jeune lost 3 and 2.

Auckland won the title from Wellington, with North Harbour third.

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