Final places decided by crucial putts
Island Park made a king hit on senior A pennant leader Otago Blue, knocking the Balmacewen team off top spot and handing St Clair a home final.
Playing at home, Island Park beat Otago Blue 3.5-2.5 but could not get up into third, as Chisholm Links downed North Otago by the same margin.
Otago Blue will play Chisholm Links in the semifinal at Balmacewen next weekend and the winner will go forward to the final at St Clair the following Saturday.
After 10 rounds of tough matchplay, the top three places were decided by two crucial putts on Saturday afternoon.
Island Park No2 Monty Wong sank a 3m putt on the final green to snatch a half against Blues captain Brendon Hodgson to give his team the narrow win.
At Chisholm, No 1 Kyle Geary sank a 5m putt for a birdie three on the 18th green to halve with Jonathan MacKay and give his team a narrow win to secure a semifinal berth.
Otago Gold had the chance to assist Otago Blue but fell short, losing by 3.5 to 2.5 on the Balmacewen course yesterday morning.
For Island Park, captain Michael Minty downed Jason Hughes with three holes to spare while Shane Stuart and Andrew Hobbs posted 1-up wins on the final green.
Stuart is back in form after back surgery and beat the player of the series, Nick Borren, who suffered his first loss.
For Otago Blue, Ben Patston beat Kelly Adam on the final hole while Tyrone Ratahi beat Jarden Hammond 4 and 3.
At Chisholm, Sean Geary, Mark Collie and Brent Butler all won on the 15th green while Scott Clark and Cameron Ryder posted narrow wins for North Otago.
Yesterday, Ryan Bellamy, Chris Snow and Jakob Bleach had good wins for St Clair while the Otago tail wagged to beat St Clair 3 and 2.
Otago Gold No6 Chris Timms found himself four down after 11 holes but won 12, 13, 16 and 17 to be square with one hole to play.
With the Glen out of play due to frosty conditions, Timms played a six iron on the stand-in Crossways hole sinking a 3m putt to beat Michael Ormandy.
Joseph Hancock went on to the final hole one ahead of Jacob Bellamy but picked up his ball on the green when the hole was not conceded allowing Bellamy to escape with a half.
Story by ODT