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o out and buy the most comfortable leather recliner imaginable, stock up both fridges with all the essentials, disconnect the phone, mobile or otherwise, and buckle yourself in for a long, long ride. The Lydia Ko story unfolding before our very eyes has a lot of legs left in it yet. Possibly another 30 years, if you think about it. The little lass with an almost permanent smile on her dial has taken her career to a whole new level in the past month. She’s now front page news in metropolitan newspapers in this country – and there’s no scandal in sight! At barely 15, Ko has the full attention of a nation besotted with a feel-good story that has spread globally on the wings of her headturning exploits. You thought 2012 was big, what with a history-making triumph in the LPGA Tour’s Canadian Open? Well, 2013 already promises to deliver more. No sooner had she dusted off a field featuring LPGA Tour regulars to win the New
Lydia causing a Ko-motion! Zealand Women’s Open at Clearwater, and the world’s No 1-ranked amateur headed to Royal Canberra to take on the world’s best in the LPGA season-opening Australian Open. Ko’s victory in Christchurch was remarkable on a number of fronts, not the least being the fact that New Zealand Golf used her image to heavily promote the championship, raising expectations sky high that she would be in the thick of the action come the back nine on Sunday afternoon. That she was, and came through, says much about the teenager’s ability to managed outside pressure, a trait she again displayed in Canberra where a scintillating career-low 10-under-par 63 in the opening round ensured she remained the centre of attention for the remainder of the tournament. And with a composure that continues to defy belief, Ko calmly and coolly plotted her way around Royal Canberra, wooing the
galleries with the crispness of her shotmaking as well as the press pack with her natural charm. A few wayward shots scuppered her hopes after she began the final round tied at the top with Korea’s Jiyai Shin, but in finishing third Ko again showed she is at ease in elite company. Shin awoke the day after the Open to learn she was up to No 6 in the world rankings, which were still topped for the 106th week by Taiwan’s Yani Tseng, who claimed second place in Canberra, just two shots ahead of Ko. And Ko? She left Australia for the Thailand Open ranked the 26th best female golfer on the planet, professional or amateur. Her meteoric rise has come on the back of three wins and seven top 10s from just 14 professional appearances! So, there is room for improvement then.
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otorua’s Peter Lee made a long journey worthwhile to win the South Island amateur strokeplay championship by eight shots at St Clair in Dunedin. The 18-year-old, last year’s losing finalist in the New Zealand amateur championship at Mt Maunganui, posted four sub70 scores to dominate a strong field. He made his intentions clearly early with an opening round of seven-underpar 64 and followed that up with 68, 66 and 69 for a tournament record 17-under 267 total. North Islanders were prominent, with Cameron Jones (Muriwai) and Nick Voke (Manukau) tied for second on 275, ahead of Brad Hayward (New Plymouth), alone in fourth on 277. Victor Janin (Rotorua) and Brent McEwan (St Clair) were fifth equal on 278, followed by Tae Koh (Manukau) and Nic Kay (Coringa) on 279. Hayden Beard (Mt Maunganui) began the championship with a hiss and a roar to shoot a course record 63 in the first round but went backwards in a hurry after that before ending up in a share of 11th place on 284, two back of Ryan Chisnall (Greenacres) and Samuel Purdon (Templeton). The women’s title was won in equally emphatic fashion by Munchin Keh (Titi-
rangi), who finished eight shots clear of Julianne Alvarez (Manor Park). The New Zealand amateur champion, Keh recorded a 16-under total of 280 for the 72 holes, including a women’s course record six-under 68 in the third round. It was the type of performance which will see her installed as one of the favourites to win the New Zealand amateur title on April 24-28 in Palmerston North.
Men 267 – Peter Lee (Rotorua) 64 68 66 69 275 – Cameron Jones (Muriwai) 67 65 73 70, Nick Voke (Manukau) 69 65 71 70 277 – Brad Hayward (New Plymouth) 67 72 70 68 278 – Victor Janin (Rotorua) 68 72 66 72, Brent McEwan (St Clair) 69 70 72 67 279 – Tae Koh (Manukau) 67 70 73 69, Nic Kay (Coringa) 71 72 68 68 282 – Ryan Chisnall (Greenacres) 69 71 74 68, Samuel Purdon (Templeton) 68 69 71 74 Women 280 – Munchin Keh (Titirangi) 71 70 68 71 288 – Julianne Alvarez (Manor Park) 71 75 72 70 294 – Wenyung Keh (Titirangi) 72 76 75 71 298 – Sarah Bradley (Cambridge) 70 80 74 74 301 – Celyn Khoo (Pakuranga) 73 76 75 77, Sai Ma (North Shore) 76 76 72 77, Da Som Park (Coringa) 75 75 78 73, Sophia Park 74 74 82 71 (Coringa).
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Major makeover at the Beach W By Martin Davidson
aimairi Beach members have every reason to celebrate, loudly and proudly, when their new-look course is due to be unveiled for the first time next month. They are a resilient lot, and they’ve had to be, after the course just north of Christchurch was shaken to its core by the February 2011 earthquake which devastated the region. Twenty-six long months later, and after a couple of false starts, members have their fingers and toes crossed in the hope nothing untoward happens before the new 18-hole layout is scheduled to be opened in April. Waimairi Beach secretary-manager John Herdman perhaps put it best when he told Golfer Pacific NZ that members did not want to tempt fate by assuming everything would go to plan. They had been in an expectant mood before only to be left bitterly disappointed. The February 2011 earthquake left a calling card of heavy liquefaction across 15 of the course’s fairways. Contractors were employed to clear away the mess but plans to reopen were put on hold when another quake struck in June that year, again leaving much of the course in an unplayable condition. Once again, contractors were brought in to clean up only for a planned reopening in January 2013 to be cancelled after yet another heavy quake on December 23, 2012, severely damaged the course for a third time. At that stage, patience had worn thin and members agreed to an expensive reconstruction programme, funded by club reserves, and overseen by Kura Design,
headed by Kristine Kerr, the first female member of the Australian Society of Golf Course Architects who designed the nearby Pegasus Golf and Sports Club course. Kerr inherited a sorry sight, one Waimairi Beach members hope remains a memory only, before getting to work reconstructing four holes on the front nine and the entire back nine, which has largely been clearly of dense pine trees to return the course to its original ‘links-style’ look and feel. The holes on the front side were in play before Christmas and April pencilled in on the calendar for the completion of the back nine. A new driving range and two practice greens have been installed as well, while the untouched five holes on the front side of the course will be reconstructed some time in the next five years. The clubhouse, which was left habitable after the first quake, was essentially a writeoff after the later quakes, and administration staff still work out of containers. The club is working through a rebuilding programme, which was seriously complicated by the collapse last month of construction company Mainzeal, which was involved in the process. A building permit was due to be lodged just two days after Mainzeal folded. A new clubhouse remains a priority, with plans to build it near the new ninth and 18th greens. But as of next month members should be able to enjoy the new style of the course and delight in playing off the new turfgrass varieties. Previously tight fairways lined with dense pines have been replaced with a more ‘open’ course, with widened fairways and large scale sandy waste areas to enhance the theme of the
Above, Waimairi Beach’s old 16th green. Right, Waimairi Beach’s new 14th fairway and green coastal location. The “nightmare’’ of the multiple quakes perhaps understandably hit many members hard, with the February 2011 membership roll call of 820 falling to 610 today. Herdman is hopeful that once the new par-72 layout is in full use that the club will return to their pre-quakes membership numbers. “We would to think we will get back to our pre-earthquakes levels,’’ he said, adding that the members who had stuck with the club had shown both loyalty and resilience. The accompanying pictures show the old 16th green, which no longer exits, surrounded by liquefaction, and the new 14th fairway and green.
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NZ go close in Ten Nations Cup
bold challenge from New Zealand has seen them finish runners-up to Australia by the smallest of margins at the inaugural Ten Nations Cup in South Africa. The Kiwis, who trailed by three shots heading into the final round, came up one shot short of their trans-Tasman rivals. They ended on a combined 37-under-par 827 for the four rounds, six shots ahead of third placed England, with Argentina fourth on 839. Eighteen-year-old Tyler Hodge (Levin) completed a fine debut for the national senior team, holing a hallelujah putt at the 18th for a four-under-par 68 and a 273 total to secure second place on the individual leaderboard, three shots behind Australian Brady Watt. Vaughan McCall (Gore) closed with a 69 for a 275 total and tied for fourth on the individual standings. Blair Riordan (Takaka) produced the star turn in the last round, knocking in seven successive birdies from the third hole en route to 66. He finished in a share of 14th place on 282, 10 shots in front of teammate Josh Munn (Manawatu), who closed with a non-counting 71 to finish 28th on 292. The four New Zealanders stayed on to contest the South African amateur strokeplay championship at the Oubaai Golf Resort and Spa in George, which was won by
the host nation’s Hadyn Porteous with a total of 13-under 275. McCall was the best of the Kiwis in a share of 10th place on 285 and Munn faded in the last round to end up tied for 29th on 290. Riordan and Hodge missed the cut. The New Zealand team is pictured, from left, Blair Riordan, Tyler Hodge, Josh Munn and Vaughan McCall.
826 – Australia 216 202 203 205 827 – New Zealand 209 215 200 203 (Tyler Hodge 70 68 67 68, Vaughan McCall 69 72 65 69, Blair Riordan 73 75 68 66, Josh Munn 70 77 74 71) 833 – England 212 208 207 206 839 – Argentina 212 212 202 213 842 – Scotland 211 207 218 206 847 – Colombia 214 217 203 213 851 – South Africa 217 223 206 205 861 – Ireland 214 222 211 214 877 – France 215 221 217 224
270 – Brady Watt (Australia) 69 62 69 70 273 – Tyler Hodge (NZ) 70 68 67 68 274 – Carlos Ernesto Rodriguez (Colombia) 70 68 67 69 275 – Vaughan McCall (NZ) 69 72 65 69, Toby Tree (England) 69 71 67 68 278 – Louis Taylor (South Africa) 72 71 68 67, Max Orrin (England) 72 66 71 69, Graeme Robertson
(Scotland) 69 69 69 71, Jamie Lopez Rivarola (Argentina) 69 69 66 74 279 – James White (Scotland) 71 67 75 66 Also
282 – Blair Riordan (NZ) 73 75 68 66 292 – Josh Munn 70 77 74 71 Pictured is the Ten Nations Cup team in South Africa
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Nelson in festival mood
new, exciting multiple course tournament will soon make its presence felt on the domestic calendar. The inaugural Nelson Festival of Golf is to be staged at Nelson, Greenacres and Motueka in October, with organisers hoping the event will rival other premier regional events. Tournament dates for the Nelson Festival of Golf are are Monday 21st to Friday 25th October, with a rest day on the Wednesday to allow competitors to put their feet up, or get out and about and visit the many attractions the region has to offer. The Tournament timing overlaps with The Nelson Arts Festival which will be a great bonus for non playing partners making the trip to Nelson. Derek Drysdale, Tournament Director said, “organisers have limited the entries to 128 for the first Tournament
with plans already in place to double that number for 2014.” “We are hoping that around half the competitors will come from outside the region and they will be amazed at the quality of our Top of the South golf courses. Nelson Golf Club has been chosen to host the 2014 New Zealand Amateur Championships, and that is an honour that we are very proud of,” Derek said. “The planning for this years tournament started six months ago after there was agreement that the quality and variety of the three host courses warranted an event of this stature.” Sponsorship has been secured from Nelson City Council, Waimea Family Estate Wines, Taylor Made Golf, Bowater Motor Group and Jennian Homes, and as always, the event organisers ask that all competitors support our sponsors wherever possible. Without the support of such
sponsors, they would not be able to offer such wonderful prizes. For instance, the Bowater Motor Group have offered multiple $35,000 cars as Hole In One prizes at a nominated hole on each course. All entrants have the chance to win a car daily, and organisers believe that this is a first for an event such as this one. “It’s superb to get this support from the Bowater Motor Group. If 25 people got a hole in one on the nominated hole that day, then all 25 would win a car. How good is that? I certainly haven’t heard of any other tournament offering that sort of prize list,” Drysdale said. The Nelson City Council sponsorship funding is through the Nelson Events Marketing & Development Programme. The objective of the programme is to stimulate Nelson’s economy in the Spring season by bringing new spending through visitors coming to Nelson for distinct
events. Their Sponsorship funding will be used for marketing the tournament. The event itself will be for individual and team stableford scores contested at Nelson on the Monday and Friday, Motueka on the Tuesday and Greenacres on the Thursday. There will be daily prizes for individual scores and weekly overall prizes for individual and team prizes. Entry fees include 4 rounds of golf, a golf gift on registration and a prize giving 2 course lunch on the Friday which is the final day. Organisers want this to be a great competition but also want the competitiors to have fun, meet new friends, and most of all enjoy their week with them. To that end, the golf days will be run on a shotgun start basis so that all the players will be back in the clubhouse around the same time to give us a fantastic atmosphere for each prize-giving.
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Bailey Smith and Compton Pikari produced a hot second round to record a convincing win in the New Zealand men’s foursomes championship contested at Mt Maunganui. Smith, on his home course, and Pikari (Te Awamutu) ran down the opposition with a seven-under-par 65 en route to a 138 total. That earned them a four-shot cushion on first round leaders, Brent McEwan (St Clair) and Michael Smith (Otago), who followed up their opening 69 with a 73. There was a three-way tie for third on 143 between Owen Burgess (Russley) and Jordan Bakermans (Christchurch), John Campbell (Te Puke) and Charlie Hillier (Te Puke), and Jamie Reid (Fitzroy) and Brad Hayward (New Plymouth). Another three combinations were banked up on 144, featuring Mark Hutson (North Shore) and Hayden White (Omanu), Scott Hellier (Gore) and Tyler McLean (Invercargill), and Josef Edge (Hamilton) and Luke Toomey (Hamilton). Pikari carried his form into the Grant Clements Memorial 72-hole strokeplay tournament which began the next day at the same venue, winning the prestigious domestic order of merit title at well, as reported elsewhere in this month’s issue of Golfer Pacific NZ.
Macquarie success for Munn
anawatu’s Josh Munn bookended his challenge in emphatic fashion to win the Lake Macquarie amateur championship in New South
Wales. Munn opened with a 65 before closing with a 66 to card 273 for the 72-hole tournament at Belmont Golf Club. The 21-year-old relished the rainy, sodden conditions on the last day as he
charged through the back nine with an eagle three at the 10th before birdies at the 12th, 13th and 17th. Munn’s assault saw him shake off fellow overnight leaders Brett Drewitt (Long Reef, Australia) and Nathan Kimsey (Lincolnshire, England) and post a three-shot victory over both. Sam An (Titirangi) was the next best New Zealander in a tie for seventh on 282 while Compton Pikari (Te Awamu-
tu) was 13th equal on 286 and Vaughan McCall (Gore) 16th equal on 288. “I was so much in the zone I didn’t feel the rain,” said Munn, who finished second at the Argentine amateur championship late last year. “This is easily my most important win.” Munn made history in 2012 when he became the first amateur to win two titles on the domestic Charles Tour.
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t was a case of better late than never for New Plymouth professional Grant Moorhead when he won the LawnMaster Classic at Manawatu last month. The 42-year-old secured his first Charles Tour title after appearing in all but two of the domestic circuit tournaments since 2004. Moorhead carded his fourth successive three-under-par 69 in the final round to hold off Waikato teenager Luke Toomey by one shot. Moorhead led by one shot heading down the par-four18th and he two-putted from 10m to put the pressure on 17-year-old amateur Toomey, who missed a 3m birdie attempt to force a playoff. Te Anau professional David Klein finished third, two shots behind Moorhead on 278. Victory meant a lot to Moorhead. “I am just feeling a huge sense of relief,” he said. “It starts to play on your mind a bit, finishing second or third so many times, so to get up and win here is a huge thrill. It means a lot to me to win on the Charles Tour it has been a long time coming.” Moorhead’s experience got him home. He made three birdies throughout his final round and no bogeys in an impressive display. His final birdie came at the par-three 11th when he sunk a 20m putt across the two-tiered green to gain a two-
shot lead. “That putt was probably travelling four or five feet faster that it needed to be but, yeah, it was great to see it drop and that was a big moment.” Moorhead paid special tribute to Toomey, who backed up his course record 63 in round three with an even par 72 to finish one back and the leading amateur. “Luke played great today and he has a big future. Every time I got ahead he kept coming back at me. His birdie putt that he made on the 15th was just outrageous and right to the end he didn’t give up. This win is even more special because he really made me earn it.’’ Toomey was naturally disappointed to finish runner-up but enjoyed the battle. “We didn’t really talk much throughout the final round – he kept to his business and I kept to mine. It was good fun. My whole goal this year is to put my name in front of the selectors. Hopefully I did that this week. I am hoping I can build from this week,” Toomey said. Meanwhile, Lita Guo (Remuera) secured her first tour title in the women’s section with a 72-hole total of 14-under 282. The national representative shot a oneunder 73 in the last round to win by six shots from a fast-finishing Julianne Alvarez (Manor Park), who came home strong with a 68 to claim second place.
Chantelle Cassidy (Putaruru) had a 72 in the final round to finish third on 294. “I have had a few runner-up finishes and top fives but to win is a great feeling,” 17-year-old Guo said.
Leading scores (P denotes professional):-
Men 276 – Grant Moorhead (New Plymouth P) 69 69 69 69 277 – Luke Toomey (Hamilton) 69 73 63 72 278 – David Klein (Te Anau P) 66 74 70 68 279 – Harry Bateman (Royal Wellington) 67 69 74 69, Nick Coxon (Narrows) 70 71 65 73 280 – Pieter Zwart (Waipukurau P) 74 68 69 69, Mark Purser (Hamilton P) 74 68 68 70 281 – Hamish Robertson (Taihape P) 74 69 71 67, Ben Campbell (Masterton P) 74 72 66 69, Compton Pikari (Te Awamutu) 71 70 70 70, Josh Geary (Tauranga P) 68 69 72 72 282 – Denzel Ieremia (Hamilton) 75 68 73 66, Daniel Pearce (Ashburton P) 65 71 73 73 Women 282 – Lita Guo (Remuera) 70 68 71 73 288 – Julianne Alvarez (Manor Park) 77 72 71 68 294 – Chantelle Cassidy (Putaruru) 73 73 76 72 295 – Grace Senior (Tauranga) 78 73 72 72 298 – Holly Winter (Manaia) 78 75 74 71 303 – Sarah Bradley (Cambridge) 82 73 75 73 304 – Sai Ma (North Shore) 73 75 81 75 306 – Celeste McLean (Manaia) 77 74 73 82 310 – Alanna Campbell (Omanu) 76 80 77 77
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hile the rest of the world struggled with the aftermath of the 1929 Wall Street crash, golf in New Zealand grew at a rate belying this. The NZ PGA, which started the decade with fewer than 40 members, had 69 accredited professionals by the outbreak of World War II, reflecting the rapid growth in golf clubs, which by 1939 totalled 328 with over 29,000 members. PGA professionals could be found not only in the main centres, but also in towns like Hawera, Hanmer and Oamaru. Playing standards were on the improve as well: Andy Shaw won the 1929 NZ Open at Wanganui with a score of 299, the first time 300 had been broken in the event. In 1930 he annihilated this with a winning total of 284 at Hokowhitu, a score which was not bettered until after the war. Just how good this was can be judged from subsequent scores at the same venue: Bob Glading winning with 306 in 1946, Kel Nagle with 294 in 1957, and Bob Charles in 1973 with 283, the last time the Manawatu Golf Club hosted the Open. In those days the Open was part of a festival of golf lasting over a week which
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The 1930s: golf on the move also featured the Amateur Championship and PGA Championship (both matchplay), and the Amateur and Professional Foursomes Championship, plus various handicap events for both amateurs and professionals. Shaw’s name was virtually a permanent feature on many of these, having won four consecutive Opens from 1929 to 1932, four PGAs (1931 to 1934) and five Professional Foursomes in the decade. He added another Open for good measure in 1936 at New Plymouth. It could perhaps be argued the opposition was weaker in those days. Amateurs with a handicap of eight or less could play in the Open and this was a bone of contention between the PGA and the New Zealand Golf Council. The PGA continually strove to have
all members who wished to enter eligible to complete all four rounds – the intention being to have at least 16 professionals who could then be seeded into the PGA Championship matchplay. The council refused to allow this, and a compromise was reached whereby if 16 professionals did not make the cut, the balance would be drawn from the best scores over the first two rounds. Since the cut was a generous 70 players plus ties, this was probably not an issue in most years. Overseas competitors were also a rarity in the 1930s, until a 21-year-old from South Africa turned up in Dunedin in 1938. Already a two-time winner of the South African Open, this was his first major trip away from his home country, but after the war he was to become one
of the most widely travelled golfers in the 1940s and 1950s, winning numerous PGA Tour events and four Open Championships. By now you will have worked out this young man was Arthur D’Arcy (Bobby) Locke, and he was victorious with a score of 299. Whether by then he had coined the phrase he eventually became famous for – “you drive for show, but putt for dough” – is not known, but he must have found the relatively short Balmacewen links to his liking. Together with many other PGA professionals, his career had to be put on ice until 1946, when golf began a new drive to re-establish itself in a world that had changed forever.
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The evolution of the golf ball I recently attended the launch of a major golf ball! The science of the golf ball is really incredible and the technology used to design the ball is up there with the latest aerodynamics used to design planes and rockets. At Acushnet Golf, the producer of Titleist golf balls, they have over 70 people involved in the research and design of their next generation of golf balls. The quality of golf balls from all manufacturers is the best it has ever been. Jack Nicklaus commented, in a recent article, that the golf ball was the “biggest factor in affecting golf performance for the professional and recreational golfers in the last 50 years”, more than any other factor including golf clubs, agronomy or player ability. Because I am not yet 50, my memory of the older balls is rather limited. The Penfold Ace, Hot Dots and Dunlop 65 were all
big sellers through the 1970s. Pros would get a dozen premium balls and would be lucky to get three or four up to the standards that they considered premium balls. Top players were lucky to play up to six holes with a ball before they felt that it was ‘out of round’ or the cover was damaged in some way, affecting the flight of the ball. I remember it was a big deal when another kid brought a golf ball to school. We would work at removing the cover and then see how much rubber was wound around the liquid centre (which was nontoxic but everyone thought was poisonous). I do know it was over the length of two soccer fields! In the 1980s the Titleist Tour Balata golf ball was the No 1 ball with which you could play. Unfortunately, one hit on to a cart path, a ricochet off a fence
or a thin wedge could ruin the cover of the ball and it would lose its aerodynamics. In 1984, New Zealand golfers went from using the British 1.62-inch diameter golf ball to taking on the 1.68-inch diameter ball. The No 1 ball on the market that year was the Dunlop DDH with its unique dimple pattern. New balls sold for between $4 and $5 when Moro bars were
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only 40 cents. As a junior golfer, I was able to earn my pocket money looking for lost balls. The big introduction in the early 1980s was that of solid core balls like the Top Flite XL which were more durable, held their shape and were quite firm feeling when you drove the ball with wooden woods. In the last 20 years, we have seen the introduction of multi-layered balls from the original two and three-piece balls, now up to five-piece layers with durable yet soft covers. The multi-layers really improve the spin rate of the ball, resulting in longer and straighter shots. With the variety of balls available today, every golfer should talk to their PGA professional to learn which ball is best suited to their games. Unlike the days 50 years ago, where finding the perfect golf ball was just luck!
Paterson trumps senior rivals Brent Paterson responded when he needed to secure an ultimately comfortable win in the New Zealand men’s seniors championship at Taupo. Paterson led the way with a 54-hole card of three-under-par 213 in a tournament in which Auckland players were prominent. Paterson (Royal Auckland) was a picture of consistency as he pieced together rounds of 70, 72 and 71 on the Centennial course to win the title by nine shots from Mike Leitch (Maungakiekie). But Paterson, 52 and a former New Zealand Eisenhower Trophy representative who led by four shots entering the final round, was put under some pressure by Leitch. Leitch got to within two shots of Paterson on a couple of occasions before Paterson birdied the eighth and ninth holes then played the back nine in one-under to lock away the title. “It was a hell of a lot closer than the nine-shot win suggests,” said Paterson, who hit 49 of the 54 greens in regulation over the three days. “There were a couple of times there that he put a lot of pressure on me and I was happy with how I responded. I think he got tired on
the back nine – he played some erratic tee shots – and I was just solid coming home.” After finishing third in the previous two editions of the championship, Paterson was rapt to win the title for the first time. “It is a thrill to win at any stage of your career and this victory means a lot to me. It is nice to win this time. “This event is a really special one and it’s the camaraderie that I enjoy the most.” Leitch couldn’t keep pace down the stretch but his efforts of 72, 74 and 76 were good enough to leave him two strokes ahead of a trio sharing third place on 224. That group contained John Batley (Titirangi), Michael Barltrop (Royal Auckland) and Frank Borren (Paraparaumu Beach). Bryan Grafas (Whangamata) improved 14 spots on the back of a closing round of 72 to finish sixth on 225, with Tony Treen (Titirangi) and David Ball (Tarras) one shot back. The top 10 were rounded out by Stuart Duff (Hastings) and Rodney Barltrop (Royal Wellington) on 11-over 227.
Leading scores:213 – Brent Paterson (Royal Auckland) 70 72 71 222 – Mike Leitch (Maungakiekie) 72 74 76 224 – John Batley (Titirangi) 74 77 73, Frank Borren (Paraparaumu Beach) 76 74 74, Michael Barltrop (Royal Auckland) 76 72 76 225 – Bryan Grafas (Whangamata) 78 75 72 226 – Tony Treen (Titirangi) 74 74 78, David Ball (Tarras) 74 72 80 227 – Stuart Duff (Hastings) 72 81 74, Rodney Barltrop (Royal Wellington) 75 77 75 228 – Peter Rankin (Manor Park) 76 77 75, Robbie Bell (Ashburton) 76 75 77, Charles Whitwham (Christchurch) 73 77 78, Garry Vui (Samoa) 74 73 81 229 – Phillip Hunter (Ngaruawahia) 73 80 76, Mark Tito (Taupo) 75 77 77, Michael Bartlett (Remuera) 76 76 77, Eric Brodie (Wairakei International) 76 74 79 230 – Andrew McKechnie (Hamilton) 79 79 72, Murray Martin (New Plymouth) 78 77 75, David Wilkinson (Napier) 75 76 79
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Kiwis win bronze in Sydney
Two-in-one at Gleniti This year’s Gleniti Open in Timaru became the talk of the South Island town, for a day at least, when two club members registered their first holes in one. John O’Connell and Jos Whittaker (pictured) were the toast of the clubhouse after the tournament. O’Connell’s perfect shot came with a five-iron on the 157m 18th while Whitaker used a four-rescue club on the 111m second hole. O’Connell, a 9-handicapper, said he had been close a few times after playing for 35 years but having the ball go in was a special moment. Whitaker, who plays off a 32 handicap, said she was rapt. “It was unreal really, I didn’t believe it happened,” she said.
Some of New Zealand’s leading amateurs returned from Sydney with a bronze medal won at the Australian Youth Olympics golf tournament. New Zealand finished third in the mixed teams standings behind Britain and Australia Green. Compton Pikari (Te Awamutu) finished third in the men’s competition and picked up a second bronze when he and Jason Yoo (Waitikiri), Wenyung Keh (Titirangi) and Lita Guo (North Shore) combined in the mixed teams event. The quartet combined for a closing two-under-par 286 in the last round to overtake China and grab a place on the podium with their four-round score of 1157. Britain won with 1125 followed by Australia Green on 1137.
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World Schools Golf Challenge heads to Thailand
chools from Australia, India, South Africa, England, Thailand and New Zealand have confirmed their participation in the World Schools Golf Challenge being held in Hua Hin, Thailand from March 31st to April 5th. Previous tournaments have been held in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. Entries are still open for the four round stroke play event which features gross and nett competitions for teams and individuals. The four person teams can be
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boys, girls or mixed and range in age from 13 to 19 years. Tournament Director, Roger Carroll explained that the success of the tournament is that it is an inclusive event with any school able to send any number of teams. The tournament is designed to assist young college golfers from around the world to develop their skills on new courses and in an environment of friendly competition with their peers from other countries. “The format has been widely accepted,”
said Carroll. “The handicaps range from elite golfers on plus figures to 20 plus. In the teams category the best 3 cards count each day and each player is also in a individual handicap division as well. “For many of the players the World Schools Golf presents them with a lot of personal firsts. Playing in foreign conditions in another country, playing with golfers from another country and also teams golf. “On top of that the schools have the chance for their students to interact away
from the golf course and this aspect is considered to be a very important part of the event. Schools have even developed inter-school associations as a result of meeting at a World Schools Golf Challenge. “The World Schools Golf Challenge is a unique, once in a life-time experience for high school golfers, their coaches, teachers and families”. The event has been marketed worldwide with strong support from Thai Tourism.
Dreaming of a Barwon Heads experience
listed clubhouse (1924) and surrounds, its history and memorabilia and the delightful old-school practices are a reminder of all golf’s best assets. The course is situated less than 90 minutes south of Melbourne on the spectacular Surf Coast. It is a must-golf destination for visitors to Melbourne or holiday-makers considering a vacation to Victoria’s famed Great Ocean Road. Facilities also include 4 mod-grass tennis courts, a ninehole par-3 course that is a must to play and also a new short-game practice area. For use by members and houseguests only, this is an exceptional facility on which to hone the short shots required to tackle the golf course.
The iconic clubhouse’s recently refurbished 19-room accommodation wing completes the picture, allowing guests to appreciate the full Barwon Heads experience by staying and dining on-site. House guests enjoy guaranteed tee-times between 8:30 and 9:30 most mornings, and are entitled to a round of golf for each night’s stay. Repeat patronage is high – especially groups – as golfers return again and again to soak up the whole experience of topclass golf, great food and accommodation to match. Barwon Heads offers a complete golf getaway. Call +61 3 5255 6255 or visit www.bhgc.com.au or www.golfvillagebythesea.com.au
he quaint little differences – and outstanding links course – make The Barwon Heads Golf Club one of the most appealing regional layouts in Australia. Renowned as a Members-only club, the Club also welcomes green fee players and is ranked in Australia’s Top 10 public access courses by multiple publications. Its magnificent par 3 Thirteenth hole features in a popular Australian golf magazine’s list of 25 Australian golf holes you need to play before you die. Considered Australia’s first true links course, the Club is celebrated for the yesteryear experience it offers as much as for the game itself. The ambience of the National Trust
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MIRAMAR – DEDICATION AND CHARACTER The History of Miramar Golf Club is rich in vision, hard-work, perseverance, dedication and character highlighted by the 2005 Centenary. Miramar golf club is part of the establishment of the city of Wellington with members coming into the club over the years from all walks of life. Miramar fortunately has had a strong base over the years of committees and boards that have fought many battles with Wellington Airport, their closest neighbour, who has continually required land for future development. It is due to those past and present members that the club exists. In 1906 eighteen holes were complete with the first club championship being played and won by Mr. C.E. Finch. His winning gross score was 102. For three years the game prospered in Karori but one Saturday afternoon in 1908 the Captain was required to inform the members of the Campbell’s family decision to give notice to the club to quit as they wished to sell the land. In the weeks following the Captain and his team of dedicated golfers had inspected three sites and also looked at amalgamating with either the Hutt or
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Wellington golf clubs. The determination to continue with an independent club separate from the two Hutt Valley courses was rewarded with the news that the land the Wellington Golf Club had vacated some years earlier in the Miramar peninsula might be available. The initial layout of just eleven holes was ready for play in April 1909 when family and friends staged a gala carnival with special trams hired to bring the people from the city to the course. Miramar Golf Club was re-born and over the next four decades flourished to become one of the leading clubs in New Zealand. Over this period the club hosted the New Zealand Open Championship, The New Zealand Ladies Amateur and the New Zealand Amateur. The end of the 2nd World war signalled the opening of a long innings by the administrations to safe guard their links from their neighbour, the Wellington Airport. In 1954 the government took 5.25 hectares and in 1971 the club lost another 8.2 hectares. In 1972 the club found that the government wanted the balance of the course and would pay $3 million to the club.
During the next three years the club was left in limbo with the committees provisionally looking elsewhere to re-build the course. Prior to the General Election in 1975 this proposal fell through. In 1992 the airport again looked at purchasing a major part of the course with the possibility that the club would be left with only enough room for nine holes. With golf club and community support against the proposed airport plan, changes were made that allowed the club to remain an eighteen-hole course. In 1993 Graham Marsh Golf Design were asked to prepare a Master plan of designing a new 18-hole course within the confines of the club’s new boundary. In 1994 work commenced on the new course with members continuing to play 18-holes. This was made possible by juggling the old course and the new holes as they came on stream. Twelve months later in August 1995 Miramar was set to start another chapter in its history. As Graham Marsh (course architect) said, Miramar will always be remembered by me as a golf course that was redesigned for all the right reasons-a membership that bonded together to protect their love of the game within the confines of their property.
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BOULCOTT’S Farm – Changing By The Day Preparing for the next 100 years of golf at Boulcott’s Farm is very obvious as members and visitors to the Lower Hutt based golf club watch in anticipation the construction of its new 18-hole championship course. The work is part of a new 18-hole and sixhole concept which is believed to be the first of its kind in New Zealand. Club management says the idea came from similar successful options available in both Australia and the USA. Under re-reconstruction is the former 18hole Hutt Golf Club course which has occupied the site for 104 years and the former Boulcott Golf Club’s nine-hole course some 80 years in play. The two courses were bought together in 2010 to form Boulcott’s Farm Heritage Golf Club. As the management puts it: “It is always difficult to construct a new course – the key challenges being to provide a facility which will meet the goals of the membership, while also future-proofing the playing aspect for potentially up to 100 years.” Such an objective may appear a little ridicu-
lous but the club knows only too well that the layout has to meet the challenge of time. One further challenge is being able to ensure the golfers that play the course during the reconstruction period enjoy the experience. As a result the club regularly details the work programme and in particular highlights he various achievements. As a result the golfers are being able to take true ownership of the work and understand when and why work is happening. To add to this aspects of the new works are being introduced so that the new facilities are being played and enjoyed and subsequently tempting the appetite for what lies ahead. Examples of this are two new greens – one on the championship course, the other on the short course – both have been introduced to play along with a number of new tee blocks. The new 18-hole course will be Par 72 measuring 6260 metres, the six-hole Par 20 layout will measure 980 metres. Work on the course redevelopment is scheduled to take three years to complete.
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NORTHLAND PAIR DO WELL Promising Northland players Sean Masters and Kadin Neho acquitted themselves well at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival tournament in Sydney. Masters finished in a share of 13th place while Neho was 23rd. Both players had their moments but battled hard. Masters opened and closed with rounds of 69, between which he managed 79 and 73 for a 290 total. Neho started and finished poorly with 79 and 81 but posted successive 73s in the second and third rounds. Australian Kevin Yuan won with a 270
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PIRIHI PREVAILS Mark Pirihi topped the gross returns in a Timberworld Warkworth tournament at Mangawhai. Pirihi (Akarana) posted a 74 to hold off Alex Anderson (South Head) by one shot, with the host club’s Andy Starr third on 77. Glenn Murray and Stanley Miller (Peninsula) shot the best netts of 65, one better than Bill Naish, Robbie Newman, Peter Neven and Starr. The stablefords were tightly contested, with Murray emerging victorious with his 43 points on a countback from Miller, while 42s were posted by Naish, Ted Taylor (Whangaparaoa), Newman, Neven and Starr.
RICHARDS CLEANS UP Miles Richards was in a greedy mood when the Waitangi men held their opening day competition last month. Richards topped the stableford, gross and nett medal tables at the end of the day. He posted 42 stableford points, two better than Robert Crawley and Len Cooper, while Gary Forrest and Gordon Morgan managed 39. His 77 off the stick was matched by Robert Hawkins, while Darren Marken filled third place in the gross with 78, followed
by Crawley on 82. In the nett medal, Richards did just enough with his 67 holding off Crawley and Cooper on 68, while Morgan and Forrest posted 69s. Only two twos were registered, by Cooper and Dennis McBrearty.
HAYWOOD TEES OFF Jeff Haywood was a convincing nett medal winner when the Whangarei men held their Black Tee day. Haywood shot 66 to win comfortably, finishing four ahead of Grant Mullenger and Joe Hermon. John Gliding and Bruce McLeod managed 71s, while David Wright was on his own on 72, ahead of Rodney Chang and Paul Sullivan on 73.
NORTH HARBOUR GOLF TRAIL TOP RETURN FOR TURNBULL Rob Turnbull showed the way when Whangaparaoa members competed in a scramble early last month. He accumulated 43 stableford points to hold an advantage of one over Michael Lloyd, who finished second on a countback from Peter Fleming. Sam Laita was fourth with his 41, while
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Ian Cameron was next with 40 on a countback from Les Wildman and Peter Pearce. It was not so tight among the women, with Suzanne Alder prevailing with 40 points, ahead of Phyllis Thrusswell with 37, Elaine Magill and Gay Burridge 36, and Helen Turnbull 35.
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BANTON WINS AT HELENSVILLE Gary Banton did enough to emerge victorious when Helensville members contested a Sunday stableford early last month. Banton accumulated 43 points to sit atop the field, two points clear of Brian Hickey. Rod Denmead and Mike Dean both managed 40, while Rowan Duncan and Bryce Gracie had 39, Bob Davie 37 and David Dunn, Paul Withers, John Russell and Peter Dean all had 36. Among the women, Adrienne Renton won on a countback from Anita Jacobs after both ended with 37 points.
MAHER CELEBRATES Paul Maher held firm to win the Auckland Anniversary stableford at Waitemata. Maher did just enough, with his 42-point haul leaving him one ahead of Pamela Crossman, who was second on a countback from Graeme Kay. John Barker, Owen Young, Mark Ryland, Hadyn Delves and Pete Dawson all re-
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MORRICE HAS A BALL AT THE BEACH Ian Morrice had plenty to spare when topping the stablefords in a mixed open at Omaha Beach. Morrice won comfortably enough with his 45 points giving him a solid buffer over Peter Maxwell in second with 41. Ean Pike filled third place with 40, followed by Reno Wijnstok (North Shore), Gordon McKendry (Titirangi) and Brian Choat, all with 39. Wijnstok topped the gross returns with a 75, while Morrice shot 77, Maxwell 78 and Kobus Joubert (Royal Auckland) 79.
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AUCKLAND GOLF TRAIL VOKE STORMS TO WIN Nick Voke rushed home like a freight train to win the Auckland Anniversary 54hole tournament at Akarana. Voke crafted a tournament low five-under-par 65 in the final round to leapfrog his way up the leaderboard and pip his Manukau clubmate Tae Koh by one shot. Koh, the 2012 champion, closed with a 74, and the nine-shot swing left Voke atop the leaderboard on even par 210 despite
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vals when Clarks Beach held an Anniversary Weekend tournament. Shand won the stableford by a clear margin, a healthy haul of 46 points leaving him clear of the opposition. Warrick Zander was second with 43 on a countback from Eric Wilson, Robert Raby, Danny Courtney (Awhitu) and Bernie O’Donnell. George Tate also scored well for his 42, two ahead of Josef Gascoigne (South Head), Craig Mellor (Peninsula) and Joshua Maurangi. Maurangi led the gross returns with a 73, six better than Tate and Trevor McLeod, while the nett medal went to Shand, whose 61 left him three ahead of Zander, Wilson and Courtney. Janette King won the women’s gross with a 79, while Margaret Germon headed both the stableford with 44 points and the nett medal with a 63.
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The women had cause to smile when Pukekohe held a scramble last month. They filled the top three placings, led by Jude Daculan with her 42 points. Lyn Sibley was next with 41 while Adrianne Harvey-Fitzgerald was third with 40 on a countback from Stephen Rogers, Kent Smith, Anthony Mitchell and Ken Drummond. Pat Doyle managed 39, as did Lynton Ivins, John Thurston, Robert Martin and Michael Dixon.
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Barbara Ballard struck some rich form to head the women’s stablefords when Onewhero held a classic mixed open last month. Ballard was on top of her game to earn a haul of 47 points on a day of good scoring. She finished four ahead of Dianne Stringer, who was second on a countback from Nine Taupaki (Waitakere) and Michelle Ward (Tirau). Judy Foote and Sue Lourie also prospered in scoring 42 while Polly King (Clarks Beach) and Margaret Howse had 41. The men were also sharp, with Ron Pryor winning with 45 points on a countback from Graham Loader, followed by Les Harvey (Wellsford) 44, Simon Lee (Waiterimu) 43, and Ron Parry, Russell Blythe and Ronnie Walia 42.
WAIKATO GOLF TRAIL MEYER MOPS UP AT WAIHI
Chad Meyer was a convincing winner of the gross prize in the annual Newmont Golden Quartz tournament at Waihi. The former Waihi member, who now plays out of Helensville, posted scores of 76, 70, 72 and 70 to run away with it, finishing second shots in front of the second placed Blair Flynn (Morrinsville). Colin Keightley had to work harder to nab the stableford honours. He and Glenn Gallagher tied on 166 points before Keightley won a playoff that stretched to four holes.
The teams events, in which the best of three scores are accumulated over the four days, was won by Guns ‘n’ Roses featuring inaugural captain Mike Rose, Mark Hope, Phil Caldwell and Harry Shepherd (pictured).
FULTON’S WORK RECOGNISED
The work of Waikato Golf chief executive Robin Fulton has been acknowledged by a wider audience. Fulton’s long service was recognised at the Sport Waikato Regional Sports Awards. His involvement with Waikato Golf began in 1981 when he began what ended up a nine-year period as a volunteer on the organisation’s committee, during which time he was a representative team manager and selector. He was appointed chief executive in 1990, the first such appointment at district level for golf in this country. Fulton has since been instrumental in bedding in the amalgamation of the men’s and women’s bodies, which was achieved in 2005 when Waikato became the first association to undertake the merger process.
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HEATH ACE TOUGH TO BEAT Rod Heath had extra reason to wear a broad grin when he posted an ace on his home track at Horsham Downs. Heath’s hole-in-one came at the 266m par-four second, meaning he had an albatross to celebrate as well.
GOOD TURNOUT AT MATAMATA A field of 56 turned up for the opening round of the Summer Cup at Matamata. Bryan Rawiri gained the early ascendancy with a nett 64 to take out division two of the day’s scramble. He was followed by Chaise Stoner 65, Geoff Caven 65, John Dwyer 66 and Kerry Millar 66. Division one was won by Magic Johnson with a 68, while Gary Foy, Brent Stewart and Rob Colley also managed 68, Praneel Mani 69 and Mark White 70.
PIKARI MEDALS IN SYDNEY Compton Pikari excelled to finish third at the Australian Youth Olympics golf tournament at Twin Creeks in Sydney. Pikari (Te Awamutu) collected a bronze medal after shooting 13-under-par 275 over 72 holes, five shots behind the winner Kevian Yuan, of Australia, and two behind silver medallist Ashton Turner, of Britain. Pikari posted rounds of 70, 68, 69 and 68 to challenge strongly for the title. Another Waikato player Nick Coxon (Narrow) finished in a tie for 13th.
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BAY OF PLENTY GOLF TRAIL MEMORIAL TITLE FOR PIKARI Compton Pikari added to his thickening resume by winning the prestigious 72-hole Grant Clements Memorial at Mt Maunganui. Pikari (Te Awamutu) overcame a quality field to post a one-shot victory over a fast finishing Fraser MacLachlan (Royal Wellington). The teenager held steady in the final round when his even par 72 enabled him to stay atop the leaderboard with a tournament total of 11-under 277. Having done his best work in the mid-
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277 – Compton Pikari (Te Awamutu) 70 69 66 72 278 – Fraser MacLachlan (Mt Maunganui) 71 66 73 68 281 – Tae Koh (Manukau) 74 70 68 69, Ryan Chisnall (Greenacres) 70 69 70 72 284 – Nick Voke (Manukau) 71 73 69 71, Luke Toomey (Hamilton) 68 75 69 72 286 – Thomas Brockelsby (Hamilton) 69 73 73 71 287 – Landyn Edwards (Rotorua) 71 72 72 72, Tyler McLean (Invercargill) 75 71 67 74, Sam An (Titirangi) 66 74 72 75 Women 305 – Brittney Dryland (Titirangi) 75 70 79 81 307 – Chantelle Cassidy (Putaruru) 80 76 73 78 313 – Grace Senior (Tauranga) 78 81 79 75 318 – Heather Keefe (Rotorua) 75 80 80 83 320 – Larissa Eruera (Akarana) 77 75 86 82
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TARANAKI GOLF TRAIL BAIRD IN CLASSIC FORM Darryl Baird can hold his head high at the family dining table after winning the Westown Classic last month.
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Baird (Kaitake) won the 72-hole strokeplay tournament by two shots from Inglewood brothers Tyla and Kerry Otene. Baird shot rounds of 75, 76, 73 and 71 for a tournament card of 295. It was the 54-year-old’s first Classic win after finishing second “four or five times”. It also meant he can look his son and daughter squarely in the eye. Baird said either himself or a family member had played in the event for the past 26 years. “Stuart (son) and Chantlee (daughter) have both won it. Stuart has won both the juniors and seniors, Chantelle the ladies.” Stuart Beard, who these days plays out of Akarana in Auckland, was again prominent last month, coming fourth on a 300 total. The women’s competition was won by Holly Winter (Manaia), who shot 77, 72, 77 and 72 for a 298 total to win by eight shots from Vanessa Bouvet (New Plymouth).
TROPHY WIN FOR WESTOWN
Westown have won the Foreman Trophy, pipping the 2012 winners Manukorihi by four shots. The Westown team of Max Maaka, Dean Hikaka, Glynn Hawkins, Kevin Couper, Doug Aiello and Grant Lester shot an aggregate nett score of 851 for the 36-hole event. Manukorihi ran them close in a field of 11 teams, in which New Plymouth took out the best gross score of 913, three clear of Inglewood. The best overall gross score went to Mark Kennard (New Plymouth) on a countback over Shane Grylls (Waitara) and Darryl Baird (Kaitake) after the three shot even par 144 for the two rounds.
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Manukorihi’s new course layout is now being enjoyed by members and visitors alike. The club has rejigged the sequence of holes so that the green in front of the clubhouse, formerly the sixth, is now the 18th. Club officials said much debate and work went into ensuring the course was set up professionally.
WILKES SIZZLES Peter Wilkes (Westown) had a moment to treasure when he scored a rare eagle by holing his second shot on the 322m par-four fourth hole at his home course. The 26-handicapper went on to score 46 stableford points but was edged out for the day’s top score by Nigel Dwyer, who managed 47.
HAWKE’S BAY POVERTY BAY GOLF TRAIL BATEMAN IN A CANTER Harry Bateman was first and daylight second in the 2013 Hastings Open. Bateman (Royal Wellington) waltzed away with the 72-hole strokeplay title with a six-under-par total of 282, including a closing round of 67, the only sub-70 score of the tournament. It added an exclamation mark to a fine performance which saw Bateman distance himself from the opposition after he’d earlier fired 71, 73 and 71. Stuart Duff (Hastings) was consistent in finishing second on 291after shooting 71, 74, 74 and 72. Blair Shaw (Hawke’s Bay) nabbed third place on 295 while Bruce Middlemiss (Napier) was next on 297 followed by Brad Hayward (New Plymouth) on 298, Kerry Mountcastle (Maraenui) on 302 and Eden McCabe (Boulcott’s Farm Heritage) on 303. Kate Chadwick (Napier) was equally dominant in taking out the women’s gross honours after shooting 75, 76, 76 and 77 for a 304 total, 10 shots ahead of Lauree Southernden (Napier) and a massive 33 in front of the third placed Martha Manaena (Hastings). The men’s nett medal was won by Ross Smith (Karamu) on 280, followed by Taine Manaena (Hastings) on 286 and Tyson Tawera (Maraenui) on 289.
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held a Waitangi Day stableford last month. She scored 40 points to head off the 37 posted by Alison Soo while another four points separated Soo from Margaret Courtney, Diane Dixon and Cheryl Ranford. The men’s event was won by Gary Mitchell with 41 points ahead of Paul Hurley 40 and Phil Hardie 39. Tony Mitchell, Matthew August and Allan Greeks all managed 36.
Gary Carton did enough to claim the spoils when the Hawke’s Bay men contested a Saturday stableford early last month. Carton collected 42 points to prevail by two over Kevin England. Ritchie Elers claimed third place with 39 points on a countback from Mike Hutch-
Stuart Blake marked Waitangi Day by winning a scramble contested at Hastings. On a day of modest scoring, Blake’s 40 points were more than enough to see him finish on top. Jack Shaw was second with 37, while third place went to Michael Lester with 36 on a countback from Howard Padman and Hamish Kight. The next best were Paul Manaena, Kaye Tollenaar and Trish Macklow, all with 35.
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Mary Wilson and Josh Hartwell meshed nicely when Levin held a nine-hole mixed foursomes event. Wilson and Hartwell won with a tally of 35.7, just ahead of the 36 returned by Jean Bainbridge and Wayne James. Third place was filled by Pat MacKenzie and Bill Bradley with their effort of 36.5.
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Neville Skelton topped the lot when Rangitikei staged a Saturday stableford early last month. Skelton produced a winning haul of 44 points, with Graham Bond next best with
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Tyler Hodge (Levin) was the leading New Zealander at the Australian Master of the Amateurs event in Melbourne where he finished in a share of 11th place. The teenager shot 71, 76, 71 and 72 at the Royal Melbourne West Course to finish on a two-over-par total, 11 shots behind the winner, Viraat Badhwar, Australia’s No 1-ranked junior. The next best Kiwi was Josh Munn (Manawatu), who tied for 23rd, seven shots behind Hodge.
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Richard Lee (North Harbour) and Grant Moorhead (New Plymouth) tied for second on 65, followed by Josh Carmichael (North Harbour), Daniel Pearce (Ashburton) and Dominic Barson (Kaitake) on 68.
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PLAYOFF AT THE BEACH Aucklander Clarke Osborne secured his first win in nine years of trying when he survived a three-way playoff at the Paraparaumu Beach Pro-Am. Osborne was taken to extra holes by Josh Geary (Mt Maunganui) and Alex Tait (Northland) after all three topped the field with even par 71s in trying conditions as very strong southerly winds made life particularly difficult on the greens. The trio replayed the par-five 18th, with Tait soon out of contention after finding the left rough off the tee and reaching the green in five shots. Geary and Osborne both hit the green in regulation before Osborne holed a 2m birdie putt before Geary’s attempt to do the same lipped out from just 1m.
HOT CONDITIONS FOR OPEN DAY A field of 33 endured very hot, dry conditions when the Masterton women marked their 2013 opening day with a South African stableford round.
The event was won by the combination of Brenda Blatchford, Jan Thompson and Carol Morgan, who scored 193 points. Second with 188 were Lusi Williams, Venetta Justice and Pauline McKenzie, while Linda Cameron, Julie Hamilton and Shirley Saunders were third with 176.
TASMAN GOLF TRAIL TOAL IN TOP TOUCH Mike Toal produced top form at the Westland Classic on his home course at Greymouth.
Toal (pictured) won the Westland Challenge Trophy after shooting a course record-equalling six-under-par 66 in the first round before backing up with a 72 for a gross score of 138. That saw him beat the next best, another
local Wayne Robbins, by an impressive six strokes. Ian Donaldson (ex Coaster from Waitikiri) and Mike Beaudoin (Weedons) were next. The Classic attracted a capacity field of 142 players at a course presented in tiptop condition. With plenty of run, friendly rough and true greens it was no real surprise when plenty of nett scores in and below the mid 60s were returned. The best of them came from Greymouth’s immediate past president Rob Harrison, who returned an impressive nett 61 in the second round from a 70 off the bat. The top nett prize for the women’s grades was taken out by Sharon Davidson (Hokitika), who scored an impressive total of 128 for 36 holes. Mackley Fergusson (Greymouth) won the best nett across the three men’s grades with an equally impressive 129. 36-hole nett winners: Women’s bronze, Sharon Peters (Kaituna) 136; women’s silver, Nikki Bone (Greymouth)134; men’s junior, John Hutchison (Hokitika) 136; men’s intermediate, Peter McGee (Greymouth) 132; men’s senior, Rob Harrison (Greymouth) 133. 36-hole gross winners: women’s bronze, June Falconer (Greymouth) 193; women’s silver, Maryanne Glasson (Hokitika) 168; men’s junior, Dave Masterson (Weedons) 176; men’s intermediate, Doug Watson (Greymouth) 159.
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OOM INSTIGATED A new order of merit series is underway for Nelson clubs. A senior and junior OOM series is being contested over 10 events in the first half of 2013. Top-10 placings will earn players points and at the end of the series the leading five senior and top two junior players will earn automatic selection for Nelson representative teams. The opening event, the Motueka Open, was won by Ryan Chisnall (Greenacres) with a 36-hole total of 139. The series ends with the Waimea Championships on June 1-2 at Greenacres.
LONG WAIT OVER Nelson duo Lindsay Brooks and Terry Hemi ended an 18-year wait when they combined to finally win the Summer Spectacular tournament at Rarangi. The Waahi Taakaro clubmates recorded a combined score of 202 from a 4BBB nett then a combined nett over the two days to edge out Rarangi’s Seva McFadyen and Martyn Birch by a single shot.
Third spot, with 204, was filled by another Rarangi partnership in Chris Hill and Pip Looker. Among the women, Gweneth Pilling and Pat Olliver (Rarangi) protected their first day advantage to win the spoils on 208, followed by clubmates Sue Thaler and Wendy Moffat who were second with 209 on a countback from Di McCarthy and Gaye Robertson. In all, 105 pairs from Marlborough, Christchurch, Nelson and Wellington participated for a prize pool worth close to $15,000.
MY DEAR WATSON Mike Watson and Doug Shaw were in top touch when the Blenheim men held their monthly medal competition last month. These two led the way by posting nett 63s to edge out the 64s registered by Gus Smart, Michael Daines and Paddy Couchman. Don Gray entered the clubhouse with a 67 while John Rewi, Don Boyle and Ron Adams all shot 69, and Mike Gardiner, Hay Montgomery and Arnie Newman each had 70.
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CHISNALL SCOOPS THE POT Nelson’s Ryan Chisnall was a cut above his rivals when winning the Canterbury strokeplay championships at a Clearwater course which bared its teeth. The opening two rounds were played in fierce winds, with Chisnall (Greenacres) and Jordan Bakermans (Christchurch) leading the field at six-over-par 148. The conditions settled for the final two rounds, with Chisnall too good as he posted 74 and 70 for a 72-hole card of six-over 294. His closing round featured chip-in birdies at the seventh and 13th holes, helping him establish an eight-shot cushion on Oscar Cadenhead (Clearwater), with Owen Burgess (Russley) third on 305 and J J Love (Christchurch) next on 306. Bakermans, meanwhile, tumbled backwards, a closing effort of 81 relegating him to a share of fifth place on 307 with Regan Kilpatrick (Russley). The women’s event, played off the yellow tees, was similarly one-sided, with Methven’s Yee Yeon Kim’s 54-hole total of 226 leaving her 11 shots ahead of the second placed Laura Hoskin (Arrowtown). Kim coped admirably in the first day winds, posting 79 and 73, before closing
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The team of Gerard Richardson, Nathan Williams and Rod Patterson (pictured) scored a combined 216 stableford points to edge out Gerladine by just the one point.
HORORATA PREVAIL Hororata survived a tight tussle with Tai Tapu to win the Central Masters interclub final staged at Burnham. They collected the title by a 5-4 margin, with their lineup featuring Paul Collins, Murray Gardner, Ross Workman, Stuart Oliver, John Morten and Ray O’Malley.
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WIN FOR WAIMATE Chisnall, left, is pictured with Kim and Holman.
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GOLF TRAILS AGELESS WONDERS Christchurch B took out the gross honours in the overs-50s and over-60s men’s interclub competition. The team of Phil Loughnan, Charles Whitwham, Peter Sim and Andrew Gillespie (pictured) produced an aggregate score of 1439 over the six rounds, eight shots clear of Tai Pau in second with 1447. Amberley and Hanmer Springs tied for third on 1467. The Harewood B combination of John Hamilton, Russell Hobbs, Keith Mabin and Geoff Park won the over-60s nett competition with a score of 1296. Pegasus were second on 1314, with McLeans Island B third on 1323. The over-50s nett was won by Tai Tapu’s Stu Berryman, Dannu Cusiel, Rick Nicholls and Dave Clarke on 1313, ahead of Harewood B on 1319 and Amberley on 1320.
OTAGO/SOUTHLAND GOLF TRAIL MCEWAN DEFENDS TITLE Brent McEwan successfully defending his Otago strokeplay title in this year’s championships at Balmacewen. McEwan (St Clair) shot a final round 71
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MCLEAN STROKEPLAY CHAMP Tyler McLean has been crowned the Southland strokeplay champion on his home course at Invercargill. His closed with a composed two-underpar 70 in the final round to finish the 72hole event on one-under 287. McLean had posted a third round of 77 to lead by just two but the challengers wilted in the last round while he held his game together nicely. That left him four shots to the good of Liam Balneaves (Greenacres), who had opened with a 68 before rounds of 75, 76 and 72 left him to settle for second place. Jeremy Hall (Greenacres) was third on 293.
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FIRST FOR CLUB The small Allan Grange club near Clydevale have produced their first Otago representative. Kayne Wardell, 19, an apprentice greenkeeper at Millbrook, became the first player from the club to be selected in an Otago team when he was named at No 2 in the lineup to compete at the Southland Invitational in Invercargill last month. Wardell had form behind him, finishing as the second leading Otago player in the Taieri Classic and fourth in the Otago strokeplay championship.
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