Good start for Akroyd

TAUPO’S Centennial golf course is familiar territory for long-time Poverty Bay-East Coast representative Tony Akroyd.

That experience played its part as Akroyd fashioned an unbeaten record on Day 1 of the Freyberg Masters national interprovincial yesterday.

Akroyd, at No.3 in the five-man team, had a half and a win as PBEC lost 3½-1½ to Hawke’s Bay and 4-0 to Tasman in the over-40s matchplay tournament.

No.4 Simon Jeune provided the other individual point — a win against Hawke’s Bay.

Most of the PBEC team know the Taupo course well, having played there in the now-defunct Central North Island quadrangular.

Much of that experience, however, was gained in winter when low temperatures and fog were among the elements they had to contend with.

Centennial is a different beast in summer, challenging players with its spicy fairways and grainy greens.

Akroyd probably should have ended the day with a perfect record, letting slip a 2-up advantage late in his morning match to share the honours with Hawke’s Bay’s David Wilkinson.

He reversed that situation in his afternoon clash with John Murray, with a fightback for an impressive 1-up win under pressure.

Jeune is always hard to peg back once in front and he proved that in a 3 and 2 win against Hawke’s Bay’s Paul Beachen.

He fell just short of finishing the day unbeaten, losing 1-down to Tasman’s Blair Bavin in the afternoon.

No.1 Pete Anderson admitted his putting “abandoned” him in his 2 and 1 losses to Steffan Hepburn (HB) and Glen Drummond (Tas).

Anderson said he was struggling to read the greens, having come from the pure-rolling dance floors of his home Poverty Bay course to greens that tended to have a lot more borrow around the hole.

It was something he needed to work out, especially with PBEC facing tournament heavyweights Auckland and Canterbury today.

No.2 Eddie Brown junior suffered a 5 and 4 morning loss to Nick Radonich — a player with plenty of matchplay experience against PBEC.

Brown jr proved more competitive in the afternoon in a 2 and 1 loss to Craig Newman.

Auckland-based No.5 David Solomann lost 2 and 1 to Hugh Harrison and 5 and 4 to Blair Bavin.

PBEC were to face probably their toughest day today — Auckland this morning and Canterbury in the afternoon.

Auckland won their only round yesterday 5-0 against Northland, while Canterbury had wins against Northland and Waikato.

Anderson said team reserve Jace Brown was likely to make his debut today.

TAUPO’S Centennial golf course is familiar territory for long-time Poverty Bay-East Coast representative Tony Akroyd.

That experience played its part as Akroyd fashioned an unbeaten record on Day 1 of the Freyberg Masters national interprovincial yesterday.

Akroyd, at No.3 in the five-man team, had a half and a win as PBEC lost 3½-1½ to Hawke’s Bay and 4-0 to Tasman in the over-40s matchplay tournament.

No.4 Simon Jeune provided the other individual point — a win against Hawke’s Bay.

Most of the PBEC team know the Taupo course well, having played there in the now-defunct Central North Island quadrangular.

Much of that experience, however, was gained in winter when low temperatures and fog were among the elements they had to contend with.

Centennial is a different beast in summer, challenging players with its spicy fairways and grainy greens.

Akroyd probably should have ended the day with a perfect record, letting slip a 2-up advantage late in his morning match to share the honours with Hawke’s Bay’s David Wilkinson.

He reversed that situation in his afternoon clash with John Murray, with a fightback for an impressive 1-up win under pressure.

Jeune is always hard to peg back once in front and he proved that in a 3 and 2 win against Hawke’s Bay’s Paul Beachen.

He fell just short of finishing the day unbeaten, losing 1-down to Tasman’s Blair Bavin in the afternoon.

No.1 Pete Anderson admitted his putting “abandoned” him in his 2 and 1 losses to Steffan Hepburn (HB) and Glen Drummond (Tas).

Anderson said he was struggling to read the greens, having come from the pure-rolling dance floors of his home Poverty Bay course to greens that tended to have a lot more borrow around the hole.

It was something he needed to work out, especially with PBEC facing tournament heavyweights Auckland and Canterbury today.

No.2 Eddie Brown junior suffered a 5 and 4 morning loss to Nick Radonich — a player with plenty of matchplay experience against PBEC.

Brown jr proved more competitive in the afternoon in a 2 and 1 loss to Craig Newman.

Auckland-based No.5 David Solomann lost 2 and 1 to Hugh Harrison and 5 and 4 to Blair Bavin.

PBEC were to face probably their toughest day today — Auckland this morning and Canterbury in the afternoon.

Auckland won their only round yesterday 5-0 against Northland, while Canterbury had wins against Northland and Waikato.

Anderson said team reserve Jace Brown was likely to make his debut today.

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