IN A close fought match the New Zealand Senior Golf Professionals have edged their Australian counterparts to win the 2011 Nagle-Charles Trophy at the Lakes Resort Golf Course in Pauanui.
The Kiwis won by 3.5 matches to 2.5, with Australian golfing legend Kel Nagle having sent his best wishes for the event from his home in Sydney.
Play was over six matches of four-ball best-ball and it was an absolute birdie fest all day long.
The match between Aussies Lucien Tinkler and Paul Dalgleish playing Kiwis Peter Hayes and Wayne Davies was a classic example with the former pairing starting off with five straight birdies. The Kiwis fought back somewhat but eventually succumbed 3/2.
The first group out was Neil Wall and Richard Beer from Australia versus Kiwis Stuart Reese and Mike Moynihan. Reese and Moynihan were three down early but fought back to win the final hole and earn a halved match. This point was to be critical to the final result as four of the other matches were never more than two holes different.
Playing as the number one seedings Craig Owen and Peter Hay-Mackenzie won for New Zealand 3/2 over Mike Ferguson and Jeff Woodland.
John Griffin teamed up with resident pro Richard Ellis to defeat Hugh Dolan and Mark Wilson 3/2.
This left Sir Bob Charles and Martin Webber playing John Clifford and Garry Merrick and requiring a win for a team victory. Webber made a copybook birdie on the par five 17th hole after Merrick had reached the green in two, and Sir Bob delivered the goods down 18 with a solid par to win 1 up.
(New Zealand names first)
Stuart Reese and Mike Moynihan all square with Neil Wall and Richard Beer
Peter Hayes and Wayne Davies lost to Lucien Tinkler and Paul Dalgleish 3/2
John Griffin and Richard Ellis beat Hugh Dolan and Mark Wilson 3/2
Garth Domigan and Mark Sandri lost to Peter Criss and Mike Zilko 2/1
Bob Charles and Martin Webber beat Garry Merrick and John Clifford 1 up
Craig Owen and Peter Hay-Mackenzie beat Mike Ferguson and Jeff Woodland 3/2.
Sir Bob Charles, 75, beats his age by two
New Zealander Sir Bob Charles celebrated his 75th birthday this week (March 14) by beating his age by two strokes.
Sir Bob was playing in the Lakes Resort Legends Charity Pro-Am on Monday, the day after Australia and New Zealand senior pro golfers battled for the Nagle-Charles Trophy, named in his honour along with Aussie legend Kel Nagle.