April 24, 2019

Canterbury's Ben Robb and Southland's Desi Mercer won the South Island Masters Open singles at Invercargill, NZ this weekend.

Hosted by the NZDC, Robb beat Kapi Mana's Darren Herewini 6-1 in the final, registering a 96.16 average in the process. Robb's win sees him move into joint second on the rolling regional New Zealand table alongside runner-up Herewini, behind Mark McGrath who still maintains top spot despite an early exit in the last 16 to Jason Ladbrook.

The semi-finals saw Robb edge out Southland's Warren Parry 5-4, whilst Herewini beat Taranaki's Mark Cleaver 5-1.

The ladies event saw Southland's Desi Mercer beat Marlborough's Kalita Rickerby 5-2 to confirm her place in the 2019 Winmau World Masters alongside Sha Hohpia, Wendy Harper and Judy Fenton, who had previously qualified. 

Wendy Harper was knocked out in the semi-final stages 4-2 by Rickerby, with Mercer beating Otago's Taina Clark by the same 4-2 scoreline to claim her place in the final.

Full results available here