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Brown, Kerekere shine on tough day

HUKANUI Brown went into the opening day of the Toro national interprovincial men’s tournament on the back of one of his worst nine-hole scores in a long time.

He ended it with one of the biggest scalps of his career.

Brown provided one of Poverty Bay-East Coast’s two individual wins on day 1 of the interprovincial being held on Hastings’ Bridge Pa course.

The five-man PBEC side lost 4-1 to Aorangi and 4-1 to Auckland.

Brown, who last week shot 8-over 44 at Poverty Bay’s nine-hole twilight, lost 2-down against Aorangi yesterday morning, then bounced back brilliantly in the afternoon to stun Auckland No.4 Kunaal Singh 6 and 5.

He did not just beat a player from a province with immensely superior numbers and resources; he thumped him.

But such is the beauty of golf when it comes to the minnows taking on the sharks.

Poverty Bay will never beat Auckland at the likes of rugby, cricket or league.

But on their day, golfers can produce the unbelievable.

PBEC No.3 Peter Kerekere provided their other highlight.

In impressive form heading into the week-long matchplay event, Kerekere smashed Aorangi opponent and former professional Cameron Grant 5 and 4.

It was otherwise a tough day in the office for PBEC.

Against Aorangi, No.1 Pete Anderson lost 5 and 4, No.2 William Brown 4 and 3, and No.5 Andrew Higham 5 and 4.

In the Auckland tie, Anderson went down 5 and 4, Brown 2 and 1, Kerekere 5 and 4, and Higham 4 and 2.

Reserve Neil Hansen was brought into the five for this morning’s clash with Waikato.

Anderson dropped out and Hansen slotted in at No.5 for his national interprovincial debut, with the rest moving up a spot.

PBEC face Wellington this afternoon.