Friday, 19 March 2010
Two Swedes, a Finn and an Englishman will contest Sunday's semi-finals of the Ohrlings Swedish Matchplay at Kristianstads.

Henrik Stenson of Sweden will meet Finland's Mikael Piltz while Swede Kalle Brink faces Andrew Butterfield of England.

Ola Eliasson and Brink, who are both looking to improve their Challenge Tour rankings in order to rejoin the European Tour, faced each other in the quarter-finals. But it was Brink who gained the upper hand, romping to a 7&6 success. Oliasson had gained a splendid one-hole win over Peter Hedblom in the fourth round but was no match for Brink.

Butterfield, another looking to climb the rankings, put out Don Bell 3&2 in the morning then was taken to the 21st by Spain's Ivo Giner before booking his place in the last four. Giner had reached that stage with a 5&4 triumph over Per G Nyman.

The start of play at Kristianstads was suspended for almost two hours this morning due to heavy mist drifting in from the Baltic. When it cleared Bjorn Pettersson got the better of Peter Gustafsson 3&2, while Piltz carved out a 4&3 success over Italy's Gianluca Baruffaldi. This pitched Pettersson against Piltz and it was the latter who continued his winning run with a 4&3 scoreline.

In the other part of the draw, Peter Thörn, who is now working as a teaching pro at Ryfors GC. edged home against Johan Annerfelt at the 20th, while Stenson, who turned professional this year after representing Sweden in last year's Eisenhower Trophy, put out Tony Edlund 4&3. In the quarter finals, Stenson gained the upper hand with a 5&3 victory to qualifying to meet Piltz.

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