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hil Mickelson grabbed worldwide headlines with his win in the PGA Championship in the United States but there was a win of similar nature just a couple of weeks earlier. It came on the European Tour when Richard Bland won the British Masters in England. I was watching recorded television coverage of the tournament the following evening. I had no idea of what was about to unfold and I had never heard of Bland. But even though this was recorded coverage, I found myself captivated. I was cheering for Bland, just like I would be two weeks later with Mickelson. Bland sunk a long putt on the 72nd hole to become the clubhouse leader at 13 under par. He was ecstatic, pumping his fist in victory-like fashion.
The television commentators were equally ecstatic but I remember thinking, whoa, whoa. Yes, Bland had the lead but there were still players behind him that could easily overtake him. Among them was Guido Migliozzi from Italy who birdied the 15th and 16th holes to tie Bland for the lead. Bland’s party looked to be over when Migliozzi reached the par five 17th in two. His eagle putt was nearly holed but then he missed the putt coming back and he walked off the 17th with a deflating par. Migliozzi could only par the 18th and the excitement was again stirred — remember I’m only watching recorded television — as a playoff would now be required to determine the winner. Bland was faced with a difficult second shot on the first playoff hole. He had a difficult lie just off the fairway and had to play a low shot across water.
But, like a highly experienced golfer with dozens of wins under his belt, he delivered exactly the shot required, with his ball finishing at the back of the green, although some distance from the hole. Migliozzi, on the other hand, was in prime position in the middle of the fairway with a short iron in his hand for his second shot. But the shot went wide and he finished about the same distance from the hole as Bland. As I write this, I am amazed I am explaining in such detail what happened in a tournament that I had watched recorded coverage of and about a winner who I had not previously heard of. But I had become emotionally involved as I cheered for the underdog. The tournament had something of a limp conclusion. Migliozzi missed his second putt which allowed Bland a two-putt victory.
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Then came the celebrations for the Englishman. This was Bland’s first win on the European Tour at his 478th attempt. At age 48 he became the oldest first-time winner on the European Tour. Bland made his debut on the European Tour 23 years earlier and had drifted on and off the tour several times in that time. Adding to the emotion was the television victory interview by Tim Barter, who is a long-time coach of Bland. Barter had as much emotion asking the questions as Bland had answering them. So a 48-year-old wins on the European Tour for the first time and a fortnight later Mickelson becomes the oldest winner of a major championship a few weeks short of his 51st birthday. The game of golf is dominated by young guns but it’s nice to see the old guys still compete with the best in the game.
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Mickelson overcomes father time in PGA Championship
hil Mickelson received a special exemption to play in this month’s United States Open. But he no longer requires that exemption following his historic win the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island in South Carolina at the age of 51 years, 11 months and seven days. The victory means he can now play in the next five US Opens and the desire to win one of them is as great as ever to complete a career grand slam. Mickelson’s win in the PGA Championship was his sixth in golf’s four major championships but none has been in the US Open. Oddly enough this year’s US Open from June 17-20 will be held at Torrey Pines in Mickelson’s native San Diego in California. Mickelson turns 51 on June 16, the day before the tournament starts. Mickelson said there was no reason why he could not complete his career grand slam. “I know that I’m playing well and this could very well be my last really good opportunity, although I get five more, but really good opportunity to win a US Open,’’ Mickelson said. “So I’m going to put everything I have into it.” Mickelson said anything was possible when it comes to the US Open, which this year carries a winner’s purse of $US2.25 million. “It’s very possible that this is the last tournament I’ll ever win. But it’s also very possible that I may have had a little bit of a breakthrough in some of my focus and maybe I go on a little bit of a run, I don’t know. “The point is that there’s no reason why I or anybody else can’t do it at a later age. It just takes a little bit more work.” Mickelson’s win at Kiawah Island, worth $US2.16 million to the winner, saw him become the oldest winner of a men’s major. The previous oldest had been Julius Boros who was 48 years, four months and 18 days when he won the same tour-
The moment of victory for Phil Mickelson at the PGA Championship in South Carolina with the large crowd in celebration. Photo credit: Rolex.
nament in 1968. Adding to Mickelson’s achievement at Kiawah Island was the fact that the course was the longest in the history of major championships. Before the start of the tournament, most pundits would have been picking younger players because of their length off the tee. But Mickelson, who stands 6 feet 3 inches, rose to the occasion. On the 16th hole on the final day he hit his drive 366 yards, which was the longest on that hole for the four days of the tournament. In metres that’s 334. Mickelson was the favourite with the
big crowd. At times they cheered lefty, lefty, lefty. But strangely it’s only golf that Mickelson is left-handed at. He is naturally right-handed but while watching his father teach him the golf swing as a kid, he simply mirrored what he was watching and swung left-handed. The crowd perhaps got a little out of hand as Mickelson marched down the 18th fairway and victory within his grasp. The crowd engulfed Mickelson and with the help of some course marshals he emerged at the green with a thumbs up. Mickelson clearly played at a slower tempo than usual and was conscious of
not getting ahead of himself as victory loomed. “It’s been an incredible day, and I’ve not let myself kind of think about the results until now, now that it’s over,” Mickelson said. “I’ve tried to stay more in the present and at the shot at hand and not jump ahead and race. I’ve tried to shut my mind to a lot of stuff going around. “I wasn’t watching TV. I wasn’t getting on my phone. I was just trying to quiet things down because I’ll get my thoughts racing and I really just tried to stay calm.’’ Mickelson went into the tournament ranked 115th in the world and became the lowest-ranked player to win a major since Shaun Micheel at the 2003 PGA Championship. The win saw him jump up to a world ranking of 32 and Mickelson said he believed he could win at the top level again. “I believed for a long time that I could play at this level again. I didn’t see why I couldn’t, but I wasn’t executing the way I believed I could, and with the help of a lot of people - my wife especially, Andrew Getson and my brother (and caddie) Tim and Steve Loy – I’ve been able to make progress and have this week.” But he admitted he also had his doubts. “It’s very exciting because I’ve had a few breakthroughs on being able to stay more present, be able to stay more focused, and physically, I’m striking it and playing as well as I ever have but I haven’t been able to see that clear picture. “Although I believed it, until I actually did it, there was a lot of doubt, I’m sure. “I’ve believed for some time now without success that I could play at my best and compete in major championships still, but until this week, I haven’t proven it to myself or anyone else.” For the record Mickelson won by two shots with scores of 70, 69, 70 and 73 for a six-under par total of 282. Equal second were Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen.
Mickelson’s 45th win on the PGA Tour
hil Mickelson’s win in the PGA Championship in South Carolina last month was his 45th on the PGA Tour, spanning three decades. Following is a list of those 45 wins along with some other wins and achievements.
PGA TOUR VICTORIES (45)
1991 Northern Telecom Open 1993 Buick Invitational of California, The International 1994 Mercedes Championships 1995 Northern Telecom Open 1996 Nortel Open, Phoenix Open, GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic, NEC World Series of Golf
1997 Bay Hill Invitational, Sprint International 1998 Mercedes Championships, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am 2000 Buick Invitational, BellSouth Classic, MasterCard Colonial, The Tour Championship 2001 Buick Invitational, Canon Greater Hartford Open 2002 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Canon Greater Hartford Open 2004 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Masters Tournament 2005 FBR Open, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, BellSouth Classic, PGA Championship 2006 BellSouth Classic, Masters Tournament
2007 The Players Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am 2008 Northern Trust Open, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial 2009 Northern Trust Open, World Golf Championships-CA Championship, THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola 2010 Masters Tournament 2011 Shell Houston Open 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open, The Open Championship 2018 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship
2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am 2021 PGA Championship PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS VICTORIES (2) 2020 Dominion Energy Charity Classic, Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National
INTERNATIONAL VICTORIES (4)
1993 Tournoi Perrier de Paris [EurChall] 2007 HSBC Champions [Eur] 2009 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions [Eur] 2013 Scottish Open [Eur] ADDITIONAL VICTORIES (3) 2001 Tylenol Par-3 Shootout at Treetops Resort 2004 Telus Skins Game
2004 PGA Grand Slam of Golf
1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 Presidents Cup 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 Ryder Cup 1996 Dunhill Cup 1990 World Amateur Team Championship 1989, 1991 Walker Cup
Started hitting golf balls at 18 months. Is right-handed in everything except golf. As his father demonstrated right-handed, he mirrored what he was watching and swung left-handed.
Course record gets Koh home in NZ PGA Championship GOLF NEWS 4
uckland professional Tae Koh set a brilliant new course record to the win the $100,000 New Zealand PGA Championship at Te Puke Golf Club in Bay of Plenty last month. Koh started the final day five shots from the lead but scored an incredible 11 under par 61 to pip overnight leaders Ryan Fox and Josh Geary. The 26-year-old went through the first nine holes on the last day five under par, which included an eagle two on the par four fifth hole. Koh holed his approach shot. “The hole-out on five kick-started the round,’’ Koh recalled. “It was a perfect number and spun back perfectly into the hole and it went off from there.’’ Koh’s great start set the scene for a dramatic final nine as he slugged it out with Geary and Fox. Geary set the scene with an eagle on the 10th to sneak the lead. Then on the 11th, Fox chipped in for birdie. Then it was back to Koh who had birdies on the 13th and 14th holes to move to a one shot lead. The lead was short-lived as Geary strung together birdies on holes 14, 15 and 16 and the crowd atmosphere was electric. But there was more to come from Koh who had an amazing finish on the last three holes with birdie, birdie and an eagle three on the par five 18th. Koh’s win capped off a brilliant summer for him. “Bit of a blur the entire day to be honest,’’ was Koh’s first summation of the final round. “Hit it awesome, probably the best round of my career, super stoked. It’s such a prestigious event, I’m just thrilled.” Koh’s putting was red hot in his final round and
Auckland professional Tae Koh posted a course record 61 to win the New Zealand PGA Championship at Te Puke last month. Photo credit: NZ PGA.
when it was put to him if he was going to frame the putter or keep it in his bag Koh replied: “I was actually going to change it up, but I think I’m going to keep it in the bag now. My putter was just rolling amazing. “The course was amazing, and I just want to take the chance to thank Te Puke Golf Club and the team
for an amazing week.” Meanwhile, leading female golfer Momoka Kobori had another solid day and finished the tournament at nine under par as the leading female in the field for a share of 12th. This year’s NZ PGA Championship also had its first regional teams’ championship winner. The regional team’s event was designed to engage golfing communities to come together to celebrate golf, the love of the game and where it started for players. With Fox and Koh dominating, Auckland took the Rohe trophy. Koh was the team captain and was proud to be the first winning captain. “This has been a really nice touch to the tournament for us as players,’’ Koh said. “It’s been awesome for us all to reflect back where it all began as golfers and also those who are, or have supported us, in the shared love of the game. I’m really proud to be leading Auckland to win the first one.” PGA New Zealand general manager Dominic Sainsbury commended the golfing communities around New Zealand for coming together to make the occasion what it was and highlighted the atmosphere the local Te Puke and Bay of Plenty community brought to the week. “Sharing our golfing stories, where it all began for us and just soaking up the performance of professional golf and it being beyond just playing golf,’’ Sainsbury said. “Te Puke locals and the club have shown us what it really means, and we are really proud of how everyone in golf in New Zealand has pulled together to mark this as a real special occasion for PGA and golf in the country.”
NZ PGA Championship Scores
Pos Up/Dn Name Club, Country 1 2 3 4 Total 1 4 Koh, Tae Windross Farm Golf Course 67 66 71 61 265 2 1 Geary, Josh PGA New Zealand 65 68 68 65 266 3 2 Fox, Ryan Royal Auckland and Grange Golf Club 68 64 69 66 267 4 1 Collyer, Blake Australia 66 70 68 68 272 5 4 Zwart, Pieter PGA New Zealand 69 70 68 68 275 5 2 Toomey, Luke PGA New Zealand 72 66 67 70 275 7 5 Thompson, Jack Australia 70 70 68 68 276 7 2 Munn, Trent PGA New Zealand 69 70 68 69 276 9 - Loof, Jordan PGA New Zealand 69 67 71 71 278 9 5 Hydes, James Gulf Harbour Country Club 67 67 69 75 278 9 6 Gill, Taylor PGA New Zealand 67 70 65 76 278 12 5 Klein, David PGA New Zealand 67 72 70 70 279 12 - Brown, Mark PGA New Zealand 69 69 70 71 279 12 - Kobori, Momoka Pegasus Golf Club 71 69 68 71 279 15 3 Campbell, Ben PGA New Zealand 69 70 71 70 280 15 7 Kobori, Kazuma Rangiora Golf Club 70 70 66 74 280 17 7 Lee, Mason PGA New Zealand 73 72 67 69 281 17 1 Edwards, Jared Royal Auckland and Grange Golf Club 69 69 72 71 281 17 5 Kang, Dongwoo PGA New Zealand 71 68 69 73 281 20 28 Mountcastle, Kerry PGA New Zealand 71 70 75 66 282 20 13 Fowler, Peter PGA New Zealand 71 72 71 68 282 20 8 Bae, John PGA New Zealand 70 71 72 69 282 20 8 Tynan, Johnny PGA New Zealand 73 70 70 69 282 20 2 Bateman, Harry PGA New Zealand 71 69 70 72 282 20 2 Paddison, Gareth PGA New Zealand 73 70 67 72 282 20 8 Barbieri, Nathan Australia 67 71 70 74 282 27 5 Wood, Tyler Ngahinepouri Golf Club 72 72 67 72 283 28 20 Nichols, Sam PGA New Zealand 71 72 73 68 284 28 13 Henare, Andrew Napier Golf Club Inc. 71 73 71 69 284 28 5 Na, Woonchul PGA New Zealand 73 72 69 70 284 28 5 Anstiss, James PGA New Zealand 70 74 70 70 284 28 - Ropiha, Troy PGA New Zealand 72 69 72 71 284 28 4 Brown, Luke PGA New Zealand 71 71 70 72 284 28 4 Cusdin, Jim Tauranga Golf Club 67 74 71 72 284 35 6 Pender, Jared Te Puke Golf Club 74 71 70 70 285 35 6 Wilkin, Fraser PGA New Zealand 69 73 73 70 285 35 6 Jones, Samuel Manaia Golf Club 70 72 73 70 285 35 2 Bittle, Kit Gulf Harbour Country Club 72 71 71 71 285 39 2 Lee, Chang Gi PGA New Zealand 74 71 70 71 286 39 17 Yeo, Sung Jin PGA New Zealand 68 68 75 75 286 41 8 Tautari, Matt Invercargill Golf Club 69 71 74 73 287 41 13 Janin, Victor Rotorua Golf Club 73 72 68 74 287 41 13 Hutson, Mark PGA New Zealand 71 68 74 74 287 44 4 An, Sam Titirangi Golf Club 74 70 72 72 288 45 12 Chisnall, Ryan PGA New Zealand 70 72 72 75 289 45 12 Thompson, Mako Maraenui Golf Club 73 72 69 75 289 47 6 Alvarez, Julianne New Zealand 71 72 72 75 290 48 7 Price, Jackson PGA New Zealand 72 69 80 70 291 48 4 MacLachlan, Fraser PGA New Zealand 73 71 73 74 291 50 2 Singh, Kunaal Whitford Park Golf Club 74 70 73 75 292 50 9 Campbell, Shaun Omanu Golf Club 71 72 72 77 292 52 19 Tauariki, James Te Puke Golf Club 71 73 70 79 293 52 28 Smail, Charlie Walton Golf Club 71 71 70 81 293 54 - Raj, Tara Wanganui Golf Club 72 73 74 78 297 55 1 Marshall, Trevor PGA New Zealand 72 72 80 76 300
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Garvey turns professional in time for US Open GOLF NEWS
ising New Zealand golfing prodigy Amelia Garvey has announced her transition into the professional game in time for the US Women’s Open this month. Having finished her college career at the University of Southern California last month, the communications’ student has decided to play in her second major championship as a professional golfer from June 4-7, a day after her 21st birthday on June 3. The Cantabrian had plans of turning professional at the Ladies’ Professional Golfers’ Association (LPGA) qualifying school in August, but a phone call with her coach Ryan Lumsden following her three-person playoff win at a US Women’s Open qualifier changed her mind. She says it’s a surreal feeling calling herself a professional golfer. “It doesn’t feel real to be honest,’’ Garvey said. “To be able to call myself a professional is weird as it’s something I’ve been working towards for so long and now the day has finally come. I don’t think you could write the script any better. “I actually didn’t think about turning professional until I qualified for the US Women’s Open. I spoke to my coach that night and he asked if that was something I had thought about. “It worked out perfectly with my last college tournament being the NCAA Championship and not really having too much planned until LPGA Q-school. “Yes, it is a fairly quick transition, but I think it’s too good of an opportunity to pass up and everything has fallen into place really nicely since I made the decision.” Although the amateur career is now in her rear vision mirror, she still looks back at it with a warm heart. She highlights little things such as playing at Kaiapoi Golf Club on a Saturday where she learnt the game as a six-year-old, as well as being able to travel the world and forming lifelong bonds with her United
Canterbury golfer Amelia Garvey who has turned pro in time for the US Open. Photo credit: Golf New Zealand.
States college teammates. Garvey now has ambitions of winning majors and medals throughout her professional golfing career. “Fittingly I want to win a major. I was born in England and I’ve always wanted to win the British Open and now that golf is in the Olympics, I wouldn’t mind being an Olympian and win a gold medal as well. That’s what gets me out of bed in the morning. “Those are my two ambitions, majors and medals.” Having played in the US Women’s Open last year, Garvey already has some experience in the bank she can apply to the US Women’s Open in her quest in becoming the second Kiwi woman to win a major
championship. She stresses that although she is now a professional, her preparation won’t change as she heads into the tournament. “I played in the tournament last year as an amateur which was nice, and I learned a lot from that. “I’m still going out to play the game that I love and I’m going to continue to do that into my professional career. I play my best when I’m having fun. I was preparing to win the US Open as an amateur, and now I’m preparing to win it as a professional. “My goals are around my processes and how I stick to them.” Reconnecting with fellow Kiwi Lydia Ko as well as major champions Hannah Green and Patty Tavatanakit is next on the agenda as she hopes of playing a practice round with them. Garvey was a recipient of the Lydia Ko scholarship in 2018 and spent a week with Ko at Scottsdale National Golf Club in Arizona. The purpose of the scholarship is to inspire and assist New Zealand’s promising female amateur golfers to achieve their dream of reaching the LPGA Tour. Garvey will also turn to her college teammate Gabriella Ruffels who transitioned to the professional game earlier this year for some words of wisdom. “It’s nice to have some friends who have been through what I’m about to go through that I can reach out to. I want to get some knowledge on how they were feeling at the time and how they dealt with it,” Garvey said. After the US Women’s Open, the new professional will continue to work on her game. Following her week at The Olympic Club, Garvey will play four women’s All Pro Tour events and one Cactus Tour event in preparation for the LPGA qualifying school stages that begin in August and culminate in December.
NZ talent development programme members named G olf New Zealand has selected its phase two, three, and four members of its talent development programme in wake of a stellar autumn period on the domestic golf scene. Daniel Hillier has retained his position in phase four and will be joined by Amelia Garvey who last month became a professional golfer. James Hydes (Gulf Harbour Country Club) and Kazuma Kobori (Rangiora) have been elevated to tier one of the national academy, which is phase three of the tal-
ent development programme. Meanwhile, Mako Thompson (Maraenui), Darae Chung (Shandon), Sam Jones (Manaia), Fiona Xu (Titirangi), Tyler Wood (Ngahinepouri), Vivian Lu (Royal Auckland and Grange), Jared Edwards (Royal Auckland and Grange) and Carmen Lim (Windross Farm) have been named at tier two for 2021. The group will come together this month to be inducted into the new academy year and will then take on a Golf Australia squad at Gulf Harbour Country Club from June 2-4. Golf Australia has sent a selection of players
from throughout their state squads, other than the locked down Victorians. The Australian players, five men and five women, will play the North Shore Classic before taking on the Golf New Zealand national academy squad. The format will be singles matchplay with concurrently run fourball play. Golf New Zealand high performance manager Gregg Thorpe said it was exciting to have some international competition once again. “The three-day match with the Austra-
lian squad is a welcome return to some form of international play while we wait for New Zealand to open up. “It’s exciting for this group of players, who have had such a disrupted 12 months or more, to get the opportunity to benchmark themselves against some of their international peers.” With the Golf New Zealand phase three and four members in place, up to 20 young players are being invited to attend Golf New Zealand’s phase two junior training camps to be held in the July school holiday period.
melia Garvey has qualified for her second United States’ Women’s Open after prevailing in a highly dramatic playoff at a pre-qualifying event. The Canterbury golfer had rounds of 74 and 72 to finish at two-over par at Brentwood Country Club in Los Angeles, which meant she was in a threeway playoff for one spot in the US Open which will be held at The Olympic Club in San Francisco from June 4-7. Garvey turns 21 the day before the tournament begins. Three extra holes were played to find a winner but it was not enough to separate them and the trio was forced to come back the following morning after running out of daylight. Only one hole was required on the extra day. Garvey hit her second shot to a foot of the hole, setting up a tap in birdie to cement her place in a major championship field for a second time. Garvey qualified for the US Women’s Open last year through her world amateur ranking and
Garvey will get to play her second US Open sat inside the top 15 after her opening round of one-under par. Unfortunately, she missed the cut after a second round of five over par. Garvey said it was an exciting feeling knowing she’s going to tee it up once again at one of golf’s biggest stages. “It doesn’t feel that long ago I played in my first one,’’ Garvey said. “It’s pretty cool to get the opportunity to hopefully perform a little better than last time now the first major pressures are off my shoulders and I’ve been there before. “Last year was my first time playing in a major and I really wanted to go out there and enjoy it. But now I feel like I belong there a little bit more and I proved to myself last year that I can compete with these girls.” Garvey’s win at Brentwood Country Club came without any previous experience at the course. The University of Southern California student had not played Brentwood Country Club
previously and players weren’t allowed a practice round due to covid-19 safety concerns. Her preparation consisted of using Google Earth to figure out how she might attack the golf course. “The first round was pretty much my practice round and it was nice to stay in the mix,’’ Garvey recalled. “It was playing really tough, really long, and it was really windy. “Heading into round two I thought I had no excuses now that I knew where the pins were and I had seen the course, so I decided to go for it. “I got off to a really hot start and was three-under through six holes. I had a bit of a speed wobble on the 15th making a double bogey. My caddy was checking the leaderboard and I ended up making a six-footer on the last to get into the playoff which I was stoked with.” Garvey then went toe to toe with amateur Katherine Muzi and a professional she looks up to, Anne Van Dam. “The playoff was crazy. I was
Amelia Garvey after winning a dramatic playoff to qualify for the US Open this month.
up against Anne Van Dam and I was kind of fangirling a little bit whilst also trying to beat her. She was on the tee for the playoff last night and I was so intim-
idated. “She ended up getting the first alternate spot so hopefully she will get a start in the tournament come June.”
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Queen Sirikit Cup postponed to March of next year T he 42nd edition of the Queen Sirikit Cup has been rescheduled. The Asia-Pacific’s premier amateur team championship for women was to have been held in August but it will now be in March of next year at Singapore’s Laguna National Golf & Country Club. It was considered that continued quarantine protocols in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic would have made attendance problematic for many of the competing nations, while standard operating procedures would have hindered the opening and closing ceremonies, traditionally key elements of the Queen Sirikit Cup. Rae-Vadee T Suwan, secretary-general of the Queen Sirikit Cup and a driving force behind the launching of the event in 1979, said: “It is with a heavy heart that the decision was made to move the date of the Queen Sirikit Cup to early 2022. “For those that travel, so many restrictions remain in place at the moment. As such, after much consideration it was felt that it would not have been feasible to proceed with the August date. Now, we must look forward to welcoming the Queen Sirikit Cup back to the golfing calendar next March. “Our grateful thanks go to Laguna National and the Singapore Ladies’ Golf Association (SLGA) for their un-
derstanding – and for agreeing to support the event’s return in a safe environment in 2022.” The 41st staging of the Queen Sirikit Cup took place at Glenelg Golf Club in Adelaide, Australia in March 2019. Last year’s Queen Sirikit Cup was originally scheduled to be played at Indonesia’s Pondok Indah Golf Club from March 12-15 before being re-set for June 29-July 3. However, given travel restrictions and compulsory quarantine orders, organisers reluctantly postponed the event – the first time since the tournament’s inauguration that it had missed a year. Taimur Hassan Amin, chairman, Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC), said: “It’s hugely frustrating for players, officials and fans that the coronavirus has disrupted the global golfing schedule so severely. “However, it has, and always will be, the priority of the APGC to ensure that any event we stage is done so with the safety and best interests of everyone in mind.” Lyn Yeo, president of the SLGA, said: “Despite the disappointment we feel at this moment, the SLGA is looking forward to bringing this fabulous championship to Singapore in 2022 and to be the first country to host the Queen Sirikit Cup in its new 72-hole format.”
Traditionally, the Queen Sirikit Cup has comprised of three-player teams competing over 54 holes of individual stroke play with the two best daily scores from each team counting towards the overall totals. Commencing in 2022, the tournament will be extended to 72 holes over four rounds, a reflection of improving standards and the elite status of the Queen Sirikit Cup. Over the past five decades, the Queen Sirikit Cup has been graced by many of the best-known names in women’s golf, including Australians Karrie Webb, Minjee Lee and Hannah Green, China’s Feng Shanshan, Chinese Taipei’s Tseng Ya-ni, Japan’s Ai Miyazato, Koreans Pak Se-ri, Ryu So-yeon, Shin Jiyae and Kim Hyo-joo, New Zealander Lydia Ko and Thai Patty Tavatanakit, among others. The Queen Sirikit Cup is part of the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation’s portfolio of events that also includes the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific, Nomura Cup, APGC Senior Championship, APGC Junior Championship Mitsubishi Corporation Cup, Bonallack Trophy and Patsy Hankins Trophy, and the Asia-Pacific Open Diamond Cup Golf on the Japan Golf Tour Organisation schedule.
Waitikiri club championship to 12-year-old By Neville Idour
Cooper Moore, on the left, won the Waitikiri senior club championship in Christchurch. Others in the photo, from left to right, are Jordan Fowler (intermediate winner), Brent Davies (junior) and Johnathon Turner (junior B).
welve-year-old Cooper Moore has been ruffling lots of feathers this year at two of Christchurch’s most venerable golf clubs with some startling performances at their senior club championships. In March at Russley, Moore progressed from qualifying through matchplay all the way to the final where he lost to San Diego College player Regan Kilpatrick. However he would go one better at the recent Waitikiri event. The senior grade was for players with handicaps at 7.0 and less. Moore, on 2.8, could only play one qualifier where his 75
placed him 4th for matchplay. From this point his play was unwaveringly consistent. In the round of 16 he beat 5.7 handicapper Nathan Arnott 3 and 2. The quarter final was a biggie against the experienced former representative player and current Canterbury masters rep Aaron Forsyth on a 0.7 handicap. Moore was too good, winning 4 and 2. In the semi final Moore beat Geoff Ruddick, a 2.7 handicapper and former masters rep 3 and 1. So to the final played over 36 holes. His opponent John McCormick, a 4 handicapper, was a surprise finalist with the two top qualifiers on his side of the draw.
The first 18 holes were very tight with Moore edging one up after nine holes and after a birdie on the 17th went to lunch two up. He came out strongly after lunch to go four up after two holes, eventually closing the deal on the 13th after a brilliant birdie on the 10th, a par five. His 3rd shot to the green ended 10 inches from the cup. This youngster is quite remarkable for his age. He drives the ball on average around 210-215 metres so it is easy to see where his strengths lie. His drives need accuracy followed by an exceptional short game and that is exactly what he produces.
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Mickelson the magician pulls a rabbit out of the hat By Neville Idour
f he was an on-stage entertainer I feel Phil Mickelson would have been a magician or illusionist or something of that ilk. After all hasn’t he been all of that, entertaining millions of golf fans around the globe for 30 plus years? At any given time, Mickelson can thrill, excite, frustrate and disappoint — and all of that can happen within a single round. In achieving the seemingly impossible with his groundbreaking triumph at the PGA Championship in the United States last month, he almost completely eliminated the last two emotions and left viewers in awe of his unwavering concentration. In his own words he said it all. “I believed it was possible, but everything was saying it wasn’t.” And that was the case. Why? Well, his statistics this season tell the tale. His average scoring was 71.854, which was 169th on the PGA Tour. An idea of how far off the pace that was is that Viktor Hovland was averaging 69.783 and our own Tim Wilkinson was 12 places higher with 71.706. In 15 events this season he had made the cut nine times. In the first eight events his best finish was tied for 44th and missed four cuts. In the last six events, prior to the PGA Championship, there were glimmers of hope with three top 25s. However, the two events before the PGA Championship he missed the cut and finished 69th. On the surface, not a promising lead up to the PGA. The glimmers of hope were his tie for 21st at the Masters where his final three rounds were consistent and his 64 in the first round of the Wells Fargo where he finished 69th. So how did Mickelson achieve what no other player has? There are obviously many strings to this wonderful bow he put together. Firstly, as he made clear at his press conference, he had been working much harder on improving his physical fitness and his mental approach. I certainly cannot remember seeing
him concentrate so single-mindedly on every shot – breathing deeply to release any tension and taking a little extra time in his approach to the shot. It paid off. He also gave much credit to his work with his coach, Australian Andrew Getson. Getson is a former Australasian and Asian tour player who has worked with Mickelson since 2014. Mickelson said: “His guidance has been invaluable to get me back to playing at the highest level. I was striking it very poorly when we started working together but I had a great performance after that finishing runner-up to Henrik Stenson in the 2016 Open Championship. I am starting to focus better, he is a tremendous instructor because of his ability to simplify things.” The other person Mickelson heaped great praise on was his brother and caddie, Tim Mickelson. Early in the final round Tim Mickelson told him that he would have to fully commit to every shot if he wanted to win. This was a key moment. It was not just the brother relationship, it was also the fact that Tim is immensely experienced as both a player and a coach. He dabbled in professional golf, playing in the 1999 Buick International and played in one Korn Ferry tour event in 2001. Tim coached at the University of San Diego for eight years and was then coach at Arizona State University from 2011 to 2016 where Jon Rahm was in the team. Not a bad curriculum vitae. So clearly the Mickelson team was nicely in place. All that was required was for Mickelson to produce the goods. As the stats reveal he certainly did that. On a long course that did not seem to be one to suit him, he proved equal to the challenge by saving more shots than anyone else in the field. He scored consistently each round to accumulate 22 birdies whereas second placed Koepka gained 20 shots and Oosthuizen just 16. Highlighting the challenge the course presented is the fact that both Justin Rose and Matthew Fitzpatrick both gained 19 shots but finished well adrift of Mickelson. Beginning the final round most pundits
had their money on Koepka and Oosthuizen and when listening to their press conference interviews one got the impression they thought similarly. Both seemed bemused that Mickelson didn’t open the gate for them. In fact it was the opposite. When the pressure went on in the final round, Mickelson stood firm with two shot swings on holes seven and 10 -- vital in maintaining the ascendancy. His drive on 16 was critical and probably the nail in Koepka’s confidence as he outdrove him with a pinpoint 366 yard bomb. This was surely one of the great major championships. The PGA Championship has sometimes been maligned as the poor relation of the four majors. Surely this one dispelled that myth. Year on year it is the strongest field and the Kiawah Island golf course in South Carolina presented the perfect venue for this event. After all, isn’t it about providing a course with plenty of risk and reward factor. This course did it in spades. Big names missed the cut while lesser names made it. More than one club professional made the cut. One of the overriding memories is the number of players who saved many shots and then dropped as many or more, killing their chances. Justin Rose had eight
birdies in a par round. Mickelson stood tall and now can look forward to the US Open with optimism. As always, Mickelson was gracious in victory and his press conference must surely be one of the all time best for its frank, measured and thoughtful responses to every single question. Every question receiving respect and no hint of impatience. Add to that his generous comments about the experience: “I love the game of golf and the challenge of competing against such great players. What an incredible competitor Brooks Koepka is and to have the chance to play in the final group with him was an exceptional honour. It’s been fun for me to see his development.” It is difficult not to think that Mickelson was trying to lessen the obvious disappointment for Koepka who appeared to be a grumpy loser during his press conference. Surely Koepka appreciated he was part of some impressive history and it was a privilege to be part of it. It wasn’t just that Mickelson is the oldest major winner but the oldest by two years and seven months at 50 years and 11 months old. The question now is can he extend that record himself? With the coveted US Open around the corner maybe, just maybe, he could. Now wouldn’t that be something?
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Growing junior golf in the deep south By Neville Idour
fter 10 years working hard growing junior golf in Wakatipu, south Otago, through the unique establishment of the Wakatipu Junior Golf Club, Simon Boland took on the role late last year of Golf Southland junior golf co-ordinator. So now his time will be split between the two areas. He seems to have an unlimited energy to devote to junior golf and the results have been exceptional. He certainly wasted no time in his Southland role and almost immediately co-ordinated Golf South-
land primary school zone tournaments which culminated in a final. The series of events attracted hundreds of kids which was a huge start in growing junior golf in the area. As Boland said: “I just want to see youngsters love playing golf while at the same time developing good life skills. “Good attitudes to work, perseverance and having the right view of sportsmanship are all invaluable in life.” Boland feels there is much potential to grow the
game in Southland because of the support the community gives. The Southland Secondary School Championships attracted 100 players and a junior summer series he set up was also well supported. An evidence of Boland’s outstanding support of junior golf is my seeing him at the various events in recent months in Dunedin looking after his teams of Wakatipu Juniors at each tournament, something the youngsters hugely appreciate. Boland is himself a more than useful golfer having been a member of the Southland Masters team for the last five years.
Gibbston Valley resort golf course in the planning
By Neville Idour
here seems to be no end to the desire for golf courses in the golfing heaven that is the Central Otago Lakes District. Greg Hunt, chief executive of Central Otago winery Gibbston Valley, is the planner for a $750 million luxury housing development which will include a country club with sauna, spa, wellness centre, gym, pool, restaurant and golf course. Adjacent to the popular Gibbston Valley winery, with its vintner village and
recently opened luxury accommodation, this new development will add to the attraction of this location. There are many sections for sale, some alongside the golf course, with prices ranging from $1.5 million to more than $2 million. Former prime minister John Key is reputed to have bought a plot already, apparently besotted with the development. Hunt is no stranger to such developments having been at Millbrook for seven years from 1993 as general manager
of development and landscape design. He was also involved in the huge Pegasus Town development at Woodend which includes the highly rated Pegasus Golf course. The golf course at Gibbston will be a nine-holer designed by Greg Turner. There is quite a history as the first mooting of a course goes back 15 years. As Turner said: “Initial thinking back then was for 18 holes. As time has passed thinking changed and about seven months ago we settled on a nine-hole
design. “The idea is for it to be a fun course with a length of about 2000 metres. It is likely to have five par fours and four par threes.” So it will not be too demanding? “No,’’ Turner said. “But there will be full sized greens and shotmaking options. At this stage it looks like any completed course would be around three years away.” Anyone with knowledge of this area will see that this will be another drawcard for the greater Queenstown district.
Golf New Zealand returns an exceptional Covid financial result
olf New Zealand has published its 2020 Annual Report in advance of its AGM to be held on 13 June. The COVID-19 pandemic created a completely different year than originally planned as the organisation managed its way through unprecedented times. The pandemic delivered the golf sector a range of new challenges however by uniting and working together, the initial wave has been negotiated and golf has emerged stronger. Despite the pandemic, there is much to be proud of when looking back over 2020. Golf continues to enrich the lives of New Zealand by bringing communities together and helping people stay active
and healthy. The initial COVID-19 storm has been weathered and golf now has a stronger platform from which to approach the future. In 2020 we are delighted to report a membership growth of 9.3% and an average rounds played growth each month from July onwards of 26%. The group financial result for 2020 sees a net surplus of $460,695 (against a group 2020 budget of $342,905) and a corresponding growth in the group’s net assets to $3,093,906. This result is very pleasing result in what was a tough financial year. The COVID-19 pandemic caused great concern early in the financial year as
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around $600,000 of expected revenue was lost. Through very careful management, this challenge was navigated, and a surplus delivered ahead of budget. While a great deal of revenue was lost, expenses were also reduced as many tournaments and events were postponed or cancelled. The organisation was also grateful to receive several support subsidies and, through the delivery of a DotGolf performance which was ahead of forecast, a healthy surplus has been posted. Group cash position has increased by $1,727,648 reflecting the strong surplus delivered by the group and in particular, revenue generated from the completion of the software solutions builds for the
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2021 NBS Nelson Festival of Golf GOLF EVENT
120 players from 47 golf clubs throughout New Zealand enjoyed wonderful weather and playing conditions during this year’s tournament. The Nelson region is renowned for its fabulous sunshine hours, and we did not disappoint the visitors. Not only did we have sunshine every day, but Nelson was the warmest place in New Zealand all week. Many of the visitors were here for the first time, and I think it’s safe to say that they were impressed with what we had to offer them in the way of great golf courses. The tournament committee of Derek & Jeane Drysdale, Euan Milne, Sue Schofield, Allison O’Donnell, Rebecca Sheehy and Tony Watkins were thrilled to have a full entry list three months ahead of the event, a terrific compliment to everyone involved. The committee would like to thank everyone who played in the event this year and trust that they will be spreading the word to all their club members on their return to their home clubs. As in previous years, the tournament generated a terrific atmosphere. Everyone was having a fun time, no matter whether their golf was good, bad or indifferent. The clubhouses were full to brimming after each day’s play and the sound of laughter could be heard from some distance. Tournament Director, Derek Drysdale, is somewhat known for his sense of humour, with his amusing stories keeping everyone in jovial mood in the clubhouses after golf. All three golf clubs involved
along as well. Nelson Golf Club Function & Catering Manager, Monique Tasker along with her staff presented the gathered audience with a delicious meal before we went on to the major prize giving event. Local companies, Thorvald Cheese, Little River Cheese & Regal King Salmon provided their wonderful produce for the starting platters and everyone adored the wonderful flavours on offer. The evening’s prize giving saw major sponsor NBS, represented by their local managers, Brent Williams and Peter Havill, giving out the prizes to the winners. The overall champion golfer for the week was Ian Stuart Chaney from Bottle Lake Golf Club, Christchurch. Ian holds the Festival of Golf Trophy for the year, and he won a $500 voucher from NBS, a limited-edition tournament shirt and wine
Morris Stafford Winner Men’s div 1 Tahuna GC
Brian Pitt Winner Men’s Div 2 Bottle Lake GC
Jo Neep Winner Women’s Division Arrowtown GC
Festival of Golf 2021 Opening Day @ Nelson GC
played their part, with all the courses being presented to a very high standard. The organising committee received many compliments on the wonderful condition of the courses. All three green keeping teams should be congratulated for their fine efforts. Thanks also go to Motueka Club President, Peter Johnston and his wife Shona for all their help with the day at their course. Likewise, thanks go to Manager Brendon Whitley and club member, Elaine Allan for arranging all the volunteers at Greenacres Golf Club. Having that number of people in each clubhouse after play is a daunting task, and the tournament committee would like to extend thanks to all the catering staff at each golf club, who kept everyone fed and watered to a very high standard. We had a Team Day on the Monday with hidden
Festival of Golf 2021 Champion Ian Chaney Bottle Lake GC
partners for the first time and that went down very well. The winning teams won an assortment of Kahurangi Wines, plus NBS water bottles. We had a special prize for everyone in the tournament, and we presented them with the very useful, GOLF BALL RETRIEVER’S from Hans van Leeuwen from Hawke’s Bay. These are available on Trademe, and come well recommended, especially if you struggle bending down to pick the ball out the hole. There was also daily prize giving for all three divisions (1 women’s and 2 men’s) with top 3 places in each division collecting a prize every day. A sprinkling of “lucky dip” prizes increasing the prize pool. The Friday evening gala dinner and prize-giving saw 160 people attend, as we had some non-playing partners and tournament sponsors
from Kahurangi Estate Wines. Ian scored 107 stableford points, over the three individual rounds, to win on countback from Morris Stafford of Tahuna Golf Club, Waikato. Morris did however, win the Men’s 1st Division. Very creditable scoring given the courses were set up to challenge the players. The other Division winners were: Jo Neep from Arrowtown in the Women’s Division with 100 points and Brian Pitt from Bottle Lake in Men’s Division 2 who scored 103 points. All the Division winners won a Scotty Cameron putter and wine from Kahurangi Estate Wines. The mood throughout the Tournament was particularly buoyant this year proving yet again that the NBS Nelson Festival of Golf truly deserves its reputation as New Zealand’s “friendly” golf tournament. As with any golf tournament, we could not do what we do without the tremendous support from our sponsors, so huge thanks go to these generous companies, who worked with us throughout the event. NBS (Nelson Building Society) NRDA & NELSON CITY COUNCIL – KAHURANGI ESTATE WINES - TOTAL GOLF GREENS MOTEL - THORVALD CHEESE - LITTLE RIVER CHEESE REGAL KING SALMON – McCASHINS STOKE BREWERY The Tournament was also supported by the following businesses: Motueka Golf Club, Greencares Golf Club, 623 In The City, Sands Brewery Kitchen & Bar, Tides Restaurant, Beetees Fashion Store, New World, Stoke.
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Destination Queenstown THE GOLF MECCA GOLF COURSES IN QUEENSTOWN Queenstown is home to some of the most spectacular golf courses in New Zealand. Several golf courses, all within a 25 minute drive, appeal to every level of golfer – whether it's the lush immaculately groomed greens of a resort course or a simple fairway with rugged mountain peaks as a backdrop. The golf clubs and golf courses in Queenstown all offer spectacular scenery and varying par levels and difficulty. There is a course whether you are a serious golfer or just starting out.
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• Blue 6102m • White 5839m • Ladies 5104m • Red 4100m EVER seen a post-card of Queenstown? If so then it has probably been taken from the top of Skyline Gondola and has the Queenstown Golf Club in it! This picturesque golf club offers not only stunning views of the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu but is an exciting and challenging golf experience. Located just 20 minutes from Queenstown, or 5 minutes by water taxi, this is one of New Zealand’s iconic golf clubs which is a ‘must play’ for all golfers visiting the region. The Course is surrounded by lake Wakatipu and cradled by stunning mountain ranges so every tee and green has a view which makes it hard to keep your head down! Signature hole’s take on a whole new level at the Queenstown golf club especially the 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th, 14th and 17th which could be signature holes on any course. With a proud and loyal membership,
Queenstown golf club has a long history and welcomes visitors yearround. Equipped with 40 modern motorised carts, a PGA Professional, Pro shop, 7 day a week Café specialising in home-made faire and fully licenced Bar ensures all your golfing needs are met and exceeded. The signature hole and probably one of the more scenic photographs on a New Zealand golf course would be the par 4 5th that curves left around the shoreline of Lake Wakatipu to an elevated green. Driving line is key as an over aggressive line combined with a miss-timed drive will see you ending up in the drink, however, the hole sets up for a right to left shaped drive which will carve yardage off your approach shot. The facilities are excellent, carts and club hire available from the pro shop. Green fees range from $50-100 depending on seasons.
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QUEENSTOWN GOLF CLUB (KELVIN HEIGHTS)
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WANAKA GOLF CLUB • Blue 5770m • White 5484m • Ladies 5029m A one hour scenic drive from Queenstown, the township of Wanaka is a stunning and tranquil holiday destination in the heart of the Queenstown Lakes region. Perched above the picturesque township is the lovely Wanaka golf club; the biggest club in the South Island with over 1070 members. Host to the NZ Mixed foursomes, the NZ Women’s and Men’s Seniors events. Wanaka Golf Club boasts a well maintained, charming and challenging layout, with magnificent views. Measuring 5770m (blues) and 5484m (whites) the course isn’t long by modern standards, but careful course management and the ability to shape your shots is important if you want to score well. The small greens and natural contours of the land also present their own challenge, so playing safe to the middle of the greens is recommended. It’s also important to try and keep your eye on the ball, as the spectacular views across the town and lake to Mount Aspiring National Park are some of the best in New Zealand, and can certainly add an extra distraction to your game. The two nines are very different. The front-nine, which was established in the 1930s, features an undulating layout with small greens nestled amongst the rolling terrain. The back nine, which was added across the road in 1967, is much longer and slightly flatter—but no less spectacular. The club continues to progress significantly with capital improvements and course upgrades, making it one of the most scenic and playable courses around. The club features all the usual facilities you’d expect from a quality golf club, including club and cart hire, fully-stocked pro shop, recently upgraded practice range facility and a café and bar. » www.wanakagolf.co.nz » Email: firstname.lastname@example.org » Phone: +64 3 443 7888
• Black 6462m • Blue 6234m • White 5844m • Yellow 5204m • Red 4468m THE Cromwell Golf Course is a sand based, links style course located further from the sea than any other in New Zealand. Its fairways follow the natural lie of the land and features a sandy, wasteland feel, rough with patches of marram grass and large undulating greens. The course has 5 tee locations ranging from beginner to championship providing a real challenge for all levels of golfer and was rated inside the top 30 NZ courses in NZ Golf Magazine’s 2019 rankings. The Cromwell course hosts the New Zealand Open final qualifying event annually. Course facilities include a full length driving range and large multi-tier putting and chipping green, on-site PGA Professional, fully stocked pro-shop along with electric cart, trundle, and club hire. Situated on the 45th parallel, the inland location and surrounding mountains creates a microclimate nearing semi-arid. With less than 400mm (<15 inches) of evenly spread rain and 2200 hours of sunshine per year, golf can be played comfortably year-round with dry underfoot conditions. In winter a crisp white frost usually ensures a brilliantly sunny day in which to enjoy a round of golf on a course maintained to a consistently high standard. The golf course is in the centre of the town, which in turn is surrounded by vine yards and orchards. This is the centre of the world renown Central Otago Pinot Noir producing locations of Bannockburn, Bendigo and Lowburn so wine tasting opportunities are numerous. The town is also located adjacent to Lake Dunstan and the junction of the Clutha and Kawarau Rivers.
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Coronet Peak provides a stunning backdrop to a par five hole of the new Coronet course at Millbrook.
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Set in a natural alpine amphitheatre against the backdrop of the Remarkables Mountain Range this 27 hole golf course exploits the dramatic terrain and delivers world-class golf. Millbrook is simply an unforgettable Queenstown golfing experience. This award winning golf course has also been voted Best Golf Hotel at the World Golf Awards and named Oceania’s Best Golf Hotel in New Zealand. The course was originally designed by renowned professional and master golfer Sir Bob Charles, then renovated by Greg Turner in October 2010 with the addition of The Coronet Nine.
• Blue 6000m • White 5718m • Ladies 5179m Alexandra lies in the beautiful Manuherikia valley at the confluence of the Manuherikia and Clutha rivers. Surrounded by the high mountain ranges of the Old Man, Dunstan and Hawkduns, and with the barren Knobby Range as its background, this is a special part of Central Otago featuring stunning scenery, great history as well as plenty of things to do for golfers and non golfers alike. The pines bordering the golf course along State Highway 8 were originally planted to contain the desert sands that prevailed in the area. Most find it hard to imagine that today’s stunning golf course could be created from such beginnings. The course features a flat but undulating desert type terrain with fully irrigated fairways from tee to green. Narrow fairways mean accuracy is of prime importance if you
Surely one of the most magical golfing venues in the world, Millbrook offers a 27-hole course brilliantly conceived and shaped from the rugged mountain landscape. Millbrook is a breathtaking environment to tee off at with extraordinary photo opportunities at every turn. Our championship course offers three fabulous nine hole courses, each named after local prominent Queenstown landmarks- The Remarkables, The Arrow and The Coronet Nine. » www.millbrook.co.nz/golf » Malaghans Road, Arrowtown » Tel: 0800 800 604
are to avoid the desert remnants in the rough and the many trees lining the fairways. Of interest, and one reason why golfers find their round at Alexandra appears to go so quickly, is the lack of continuous holes of same par value! Only twice in the 18 holes do you play consecutive holes of equal par! With the high ranges viewable from most parts of the course golfers find this is a most scenic as well as challenging course. At just over an hour drive from Queenstown and Wanaka the golf course and this unique area are well worth a visit. Come and see what we mean, phone SubPar golf shop at 03 448 8374 or email SubPar@xtra. co.nz to book a tee time now. Green fees are $35 for NZ affiliated players with group discounts available. » www.alexandragolf.co.nz » State Highway 8, Alexandra 9340 » Tel/Fax: 03 448 8204
ARROWTOWN GOLF CLUB • White 5495m • Ladies 5035m Commonly ranked in the top 20 in NZ, Arrowtown Golf Club is the jewel in the crown literally as it sits below the Crown Range and runs alongside the famous Arrow river which over 100 years ago was once a hive of activity during the gold rush era. The course borders the outskirts of Arrowtown which is about 20km from the centre of Queenstown and offers stunning views of some well known ski fields, the Remarkables and Coronet Peak. If you are lucky enough to play on this hidden gem then you’ll will no doubt be blown away by the unique layout of the course as the narrow rolling fairways weave their way through valleys and rocky pillars very much like Roxburgh golf club. In the summertime the Browntop grass in the long rough is left to seed, leaving a colour scheme that represents a truly natural setting and makes the course look like a postcard. In 2012 the course won the New Zealand Golf Course Superintendants Association (NZGCSA) Environment award which recognises New Zealand’s leading golf course in relation to their
environmental management practices. The club under took the removal of wilding trees and broom, while re-establishing Matagouri amongst the schist rock outcrops. From a playability perspective, the course is the shortest out of the top 5 but probably requires the most accuracy from tee to greens. Again like Wanaka, Roxburgh and North Otago, the greens are very small. However for any big hitters, there are a lot of risk and reward holes that can provide a lot of birdies but also double bogeys and beyond. One of the best holes is the 18th which requires a blind shot over a hill to a fairway that slopes to the left towards a pond. A good drive leaves only a wedge shot to the green and a good birdie opportunity however getting a good drive away is the key. Club hire is available and green fees are $50.00 for NZ Affiliated and $95.00 for Non Affiliated. » www.arrowtowngolf.co.nz » 166 Centennial Ave, Arrow Junction 9371 » Phone: 03-442 1719
Terrace Downs Resort is a premier destination for golf, weddings, corporate events and luxury getaways alike. Based at the foothills of the Southern Alps, there are few scenic alpine golf courses around the world like it. A CPG Hotels property, Terrace Downs Resort offers a range of self-contained villa accommodation, an onsite restaurant and bar and complimentary wifi.
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Waikato – Teeing up in your region
I New Zealand Long Blacks Captain Mr. Paul West
n celebration of major sponsorship to New Zealand Long Blacks, Cavalier Homes Waikato, the national team is about to be splashed all over the local neighbourhood. Thanks to Mr. JP Liebenberg, director and owner of Cavalier Homes Waikato, the national team of longest and fastest drivers are set to have their new uniform
revealed in July along with the traveling eight to compete in Australia this November competing in the IGANZ Trans Tasman Clash. The New Zealand Long Blacks brand and some of our national heroes will be making surprise appearances at local Golf Clubs and businesses in the Waikato. First stop is the
home club for JP, Te Awamutu Golf Club. The on-road show is expected to increase the awareness of the national team and sport of Xtreme Drivers League. With beautiful houses to build, JP will have a few helping hands on tap with the New Zealand Long Blacks expected to dig in. The onroad promotion begins this
July scheduled around the uniform and team reveal. Expect promotions to go off the green with some fun and memorable activities planned. If your local club wishes to have the New Zealand Long Blacks pop by please send your details via the IGANZ Clubs page: iganz. co.nz/clubs #GolfJustGotLoud
Aussie Long Ballers Driving History for Australia
Aussie Long Ballers take the first win at Stonecutters Ridge, NSW
he famous Aussie Long Ballers logo is etched on the Darren Wise Stingray that represents the IGANZ - Trans Tasman Clash. Creating sports history in 2017 at Stonecutters Ridge, NSW. The Greg Norman course now houses the National Team’s signatures along with the New Zealand Long Blacks. The Aussie Long Ballers won the first Trans Tasman Clash and the Stingray became national pride. With a back-to-back win for the New Zealand Long Blacks the Aussie Long Ballers are thirsty for the win this November when
the Trans Tasman Clash is back on Aussie turf. Aussie Long Ballers about to get a boost to the brand. With a travelling team elected because of the pandemic, there will be eight that will represent the Aussie Long Ballers in the Trans Tasman Clash 2021. A focus to promote the sport to women, there will be scouts out to gather the best in Australia for the Aussie Long Ballers Women’s National Team. IGANZ has sponsored both teams to travel to grow the awareness and interest in the sport of Long
Drive, now the sport under XDL (Xtreme Drivers League) is recognised as a high-performance sport by authorities (since July 7th 2020) who have listed the sport independently from Golf and acknowledged IGANZ for the heavy investment and work to showcase the sport internationally. IGANZ Trans Tasman Clash is destined for Perth November 2021, an elected team will be announced this July along with the reveal of the national uniform. The IGANZ Trans Tasman Series will provide marketing and
media opportunities that will make the Aussie Long Ballers a household name. Get ready to make some noise for this nation’s longest and fastest drivers dedicated to the sport of Xtreme Drivers League.
Aussie Long Ballers - Travelling Team (New Zealand 2020)
Growing the Sport of XDL for New Zealand & Australia
Sam Jones - IGANZ Golden Cap, 1st National Long Drive Champion and New Zealand Long Black
GANZ Trans-Tasman Series is part of the NEW plan to implement the growth of Xtreme Drivers League. With Cavalier Homes as major sponsor to the New Zealand and Australian Championships 2021 & 2022, IGANZ is set to establish more qualifying events with the IGANZ Trans Tasman Series. This NEW initiative will see a collaboration with Golf Clubs in both countries who will host IGANZ TTS events. All events will be qualifiers for the XDL National Championships. The Trans Tasman Series will officially begin January 2022 with events being uploaded every month in both countries. IGANZ will be appointing executive staff for Australia over the next six months to oversee operations and take care of day to day business. The Trans Tasman Series will provide opportunities for all levels of participation; Public engagement, Junior events, Men’s, Women’s, Masters, Para-Athletes. IGANZ will also be running training days for crew which will be a part of the Trans Tasman Series schedule. With the Trans Tasman Bubble allowing the two nations to merge, IGANZ Director and CEO - Olna
Ford says: “I’m still being cautious this year with only two major events for New Zealand and two for Australia planned. “My main mission this year is to plan ahead and establish a great relationship with clubs that will expand the sport organically,” says Olna. IGANZ Trans Tasman Series will create jobs on and off the green. With an investment of over 5 Million so far IGANZ is proving to be a brand leader developing the business in many sectors. IGANZ was recognised in 2020 as National Sports Organisation and formed International Xtreme Drivers League Federation. Indepth conversations are being had to get the sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee and with this a strong code of conduct around this sport will be a focus for IGANZ Trans Tasman Series. “The two nations seem to be on par with a one mission outlook, so now is the perfect time for IGANZ to introduce the Trans Tasman Series,” says Olna. The IGANZ Trans Tasman Series events will be listed on www.iganz.co.nz
Karl Peters - IGANZ Australian Long Drive Champion and Aussie Long Baller
ew Zealand’s Pacific Bubble is officially opened with the Cook Islands, and the IGANZ Pacific Rim Series is about to take flight. Flashback to 9th June 2018 when IGANZ created history for the sport of Long Drive and the Cook Islands bringing International Long Drivers to the pristine waters and the Rarotonga Golf Club for the IGANZ Pacific Rim - Long Drive Championship. The Pacific Rim Series is going to spread its wings after the 2020 global pandemic has placed this bi-annual event on hold. Mr. Maurice Allen from the USA, winner of the IGANZ Pacific Rim 2018 will be the poster boy for the 2022 PRS championship along with Ms. Phillis Meti - New Zealand’s Golden Gal to the sport. Maurice and Phillis are two famously known Long Drivers who IGANZ will be promoting in the 2022 expansion of the sport globally with a strong focus on the pacific Islands. The local IGANZ Cook Island Long Drive Champion Mr. William Howard will also be a favourite and another Champion IGANZ will place in the media light in lead up to the Pacific Rim Series. With local activities promoting the sport, IGANZ looks forward to growing all divisions for the Pacific Rim Series championship 2022. All IGANZ championship events from 2021 will be qualifiers for the Pacific Rim Series 2022. Olna Ford, Director and CEO of IGANZ has committed the Pacific Rim Series to giving back to local communities and is on a mission to bring more business to the Islands via the IGANZ Collective initiative. Getting ready to set the date for the IGANZ - Pacific Rim Series 2022 which will be listed on www.iganz.co.nz this August.
Local Golfers aka Long Drivers IGANZ sponsored Long Driver - Tyler Barton (USA) socialising with the locals
Local Cook Island IGANZ Long Drive Champion - Willian Howard. IGANZ sponsored players: Troy Teal (USA), Mitch Dobbyn (USA), William Howard (CK), Tyler Barton (USA) and Grieg Mooney (NZ)
IGANZ - PACIFIC RIM SERIES * International Long Drivers gracing the Rarotonga Golf Club
NZ JUNIOR GOLF Supported by Golfer Pacific NZ
Carterton Golf Club under 13 Club Championship Trophies
By Wendy Willis
beautiful day on Friday April 14th saw our Juniors play for the Carterton Golf Club under 13 Club Championship Trophies. They played the 9 hole purple course with some good golf being played by all that took part. Congratulations to William Orsborn winner of the Boy’s Under 13 Championship Trophy and Abi Craig winner of the Girls Under 13 Championship Trophy. Six of our juniors also took part in a junior tournament held at Mahunga Golf Club
Junior Kaimai Classic winners
over the school holidays and acquitted themselves really well, with William Orsborn, Hugo Tomlin, Harlem Evans and Abi Craig all winning prizes. Well done to all our Juniors, we hope to see you out on the fairways getting in some practice over winter and be ready to get into our program in the spring. A big thanks to our Junior Golf Coordinator Nic Craig for all his hard work and enthusiasm and to all members that have helped with the juniors over the season in particular Duncan Pincock and Wendy Wills.
aikato representative players Ing Iadpluem and Din Morrell who have both taken out first place at the Junior Kaimai Classic played recently. Ing won the girls division by 6 shots over fellow Waikato rep Zahraa Bester. Din won the boys division by 2 shots over Bay of Plenty’s Jayme Martin. Some solid results from other Waikato players with Suwanna McPhee, Rhys Thomas, Sam Towers, Rei Masters and Mikae Rangihika all finishing inside the Top 10 in their divisions. For the full results visit www.bopgolf. co.nz/golf-information/junior-golf
NEWS FROM AROUND THE REGIONS
NORTHLAND WHANGAROA GOLF CLUB - NEWS AND RESULTS
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New Members and Green fee players welcome 9 holes $10.00 18 holes $20.00
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KAITAIA WOMENS’ TEAM WON THE 2021 WOMEN’S TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIP DISTRICT FINAL
Kaitaia Womens’ team won the 2021 Women’s Teams championship district final hosted at the Bay of Islands Golf Club recently 12 teams competed with Whangaroa and Waitangi 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
HIKURANGI GOLF CLUB HAS A FIRM GRIP ON THE LE GARTH TROPHY
The Hikurangi Golf club successfully defended the Le Garth trophy for the 15th time on Saturday 24th April when they met a team from the Whangarei Golf Club. The Le Garth Trophy was donated by Ian Le Garth in 1984 and is competed for on handicap matchplay over 18 holes with 2 Senior, 4 Intermediate and 4 Junior handicapped players from each team. The club that holds the trophy must accept a minimum of 3 challenges each year from clubs in the Northland Region who are placed on a waiting list to play. Ian was a major stalwart of golf in Northland in the 50’s and 60’s, a Northland Rep, played the Garret Shield and was a founding and life member of the North-
land Golf Association, vice President of the NZ Golf Association in 1986. He was also a founding member and a life member of the Northland Branch of the Eagles Golfing Society. Club Captain Darren Bownes acknowledges that a lot of local knowledge gives our team a great advantage (although that didn’t work for the previous challenger - Northland Golf Club - where they stacked their team with ex-Hikurangi players to no avail). With only 60 men players to call on the basic core of the team has not changed greatly since the club first won the cup in December 2016. A par 70 course of 5256m off the Blue tees, while not long by any standard, accurate golf is needed to score well. The Course is set on hilly terrain with many sloping greens, blind approaches and undulating fairways where players never get a flat lie requiring them to have a good arsenal of shots in their bag. The greens are soil based and beautifully manicured. Hikurangi had a bit of a reputation of being a bit of a goat track, but over the past 10 – 15 years after employing permanent greenkeepers the standard of the course has improved out of sight. Our current greenkeeper has been with us for 18 months and since his engagement the health and standard of the greens has improved greatly as has the overall condition of fairways and presentation of the course. With 360o vistas over the whole course visitors are warned not to be distracted by the views.
Sherwood Golf Club - June events: Thursday 3 Open Haggle - 9H Haggle (Teams @ BOI) Friday 4 Saturday 5 Haggle - 9H Haggle Sunday 6 Monday 7 Queen’s Birthday $15 Tournament Tuesday 8 Haggle - 9H Winter Stableford R1 Wednesday 9 Hi-Noon - Wednesday Men Haggle 6 June Mangonui Hotel Mixed Open Whangaroa GC 6 June Queens Birthday Mixed Open Wellsford Golf Club
NORTH HARBOUR HARBOUR GOLF NEWS
The Harbour Golf National Women’s Team’s Day District Final was played recently at South Head Golf Club. The 2021 winners were Muriwai. The Harbour Women’s midweek section 2 winners were Waitemata, which was played recently.
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pion. Pictured here with Club President Geoff Morgan. Club player Len Cameron cutting the cake. Len has played in 49 of the 50 Hauraki Golf Club’s 54 Hole Opens.
NORTH HARBOUR NOTICEBOARD
Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th May - Men’s Auckland Stroke Play Championships, Clarks Beach Sunday 2nd May - Weekend Women’s 18 Hole Match Play (Section A Titirangi) (Section B Maramarua) Monday 3rd May - Women’s National Teams Championship final, Akarana Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th May - Auckland Stroke Play Championship, Clarks Beach
June 20th Muriwai Masters Muriwai Golf Club
AUCKLAND CHAMBERLAIN PARK WOMEN’S TEAMS
Winners of our mid-week final. Outstanding result for Chamberlain Park women’s teams, played recently at Maungakiekie Golf Club. Finalists were Remuera Golf Club and Royal Auckland and Grange Golf Course.
HAURAKI GOLF CLUB 54 HOLE OPEN IS 50 YEARS OLD
2021 WAIKATO GOLF SECONDARY SCHOOL INTER-COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP
TE AWAMUTU GOLF CLUB - WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP PENNANTS (MOTHER - DAUGHTER TEAM) The final round was played recently at Waikare Golf Course. The team were lying in second place and needed wins all round and for the leading team Ngaruawahia to drop some games. This didn’t go to plan for the ladies against Ngahinapouri, with a win in the foursomes to Gemma and Raewyn and a loss to Jenny & Toni on the 18th. The afternoon singles were also a mixed bag with wins to Gemma and Jenny. Good games were had all round and the team did the club proud with finishing second.
Justin Morris - was the Senior Overall Gross Hauraki Golf club 54 Hole Cham-
2021 Winners - St Peter’s Cambridge. From left to right: Zahraa Bester, Ing Iadpluem, Rhys Thomas and George Hodgson The 2021 Waikato Secondary Schools Inter-Collegiate Championship Day was held recently in clear but very windy conditions at the picturesque Hamilton Golf Club. 36 of the best secondary school players arrived at the golf club ready to
COVIC RESULTS WAIUKU GOLF CLUB
represent their schools. The format for the day was best 3 out of 4 gross scores combined to form a team total. The St Peter’s number one team of Rhys Thomas, Ing Iadpluem, Zahraa Bester and George Hodgson lived up to their pre-tournament hype shooting a combined gross score of 223. This was enough to win by 13 shots over the younger St Peters number two team of Ben Ambler, Heart Iadpluem, Suwanna McPhee and Lucas Peng. Both the Hamilton Boys High number 1 team and number 2 team finished 3rd equal with team scores of 252.
WAIKATO GOLF - 2021 WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP PENNANTS WINNERS FOUND
The final round for all three Women’s Championship Pennants were held at Waikare Golf Club on Sunday 16th May. In Division One Hamilton GC were declared Champions after they defeated Cambridge GC 11 – 7. This was enough for Hamilton to take out the championship over the North Waikato team by one game point. This capped off an impressive Pennants season for Hamilton GC after they also won the Division One Men’s Championship Pennants. In Division Two Walton GC continued their unbeaten run defeating Hamilton number two team 10 – 2. This was enough to secure themselves the Division Two Championship. In Division Three Ngaruawahia number two team remained unbeaten for the season by defeating King Country 9 – 3.
This put them on 8 match points, 3 clear of 2nd place Te Awamutu. WAIKATO NOTICEBOARD
Queen’s Birthday Weekend Tournament 5 – 7 Jun 2021 Taumarunui Golf Club 2-Person Pairs Event 6 – 7 Jun 2021 Cambridge Golf Club 36 Hole, Flight Centre Tournament 9 – 10 Jun 2021 Thames Golf Club Patti La Trobe Sunday, 20 Jun 2021 Cambridge Golf Club Brian Clarke Memorial Open Tournament Tuesday, 29 Jun 2021 Stewart Alexander Golf Club
BAY OF PLENTY THE BOP WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION PENNANT The BOP Women’s Association Pennant was played at the Whakatane Golf Club, Monday 10th May, the weather turned out great after not looking to flash to start with, the course was challenging but their was some good scoring. The 9 hole Winners Te Puke and the 18 hole Winners, Otumoetai.
18 hole Association Winners 2021 Otumoetai 9 Hole Results 1st - Te Puke, 115 2nd - Rotorua, 117 3rd - Ohope, 121 4th - Mercury Bay, 124 18 Hole Results 1st - Otumoetai, 375 2nd - Coromandel, 383 3rd - Taupo, 392 4th - Thames, 394 5th - Te Teko, 395
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5-6 Jun Maraenui Open Maraenui Golf Club M Sat 12 - Jun Mahia Ladies Open 27 hole Foursomes Mahia W 20 - Jun Waipawa 27 Hole Stroke Play M Wed 23 - Jun OPSM 27 Hole Ladies Foursomes Poverty Bay W
TARANAKI TARANAKI MEN’S PENNANT FINALS 2021
9 Hole Association Pennant Winners 2021 - Te Puke BAY OF PLENTY NOTICEBOARD
Friday 14th May - 9 Hole Mixed Open Tournament, Ohope Beach Golf Links 6-May Paeroa Ladies Team Tournament Paeroa GC W 7-May Waihi Ladies Open Waihi GC W 7-May Kope Challenge 18 Holes Whakatane GC W 9-May Championship Pennant Semi Final Kawerau GC M & W 13-May Hauraki Ladies Tournament Hauraki GC W 13-May Omanu Ladies Teams Tournament Omanu GC W 21-May Ladies Open 18 Holes Ohope GC W
The winners of the 2021 Men’s Pennant finals were found at a testing wet and windy played recently in New Plymouth Golf Club. Manaia successfully defended their title as Senior champions with a dominant 5-1 victory over New Plymouth White. In a repeat of last year’s final the South Taranaki team took early control of 3 of the 4 singles matches and the fourballs and never really looked back. Manaia no2 Ethan Jones was unstoppable easily accounting for New Plymouth’s Andrew Searle 9/7. Manaia no4 Caleb Andreoli also had a comfortable win 6/4 over Travis Stewart. Caleb Syme’s hung on to win 1up against Zach Lewis. New Plymouth’s only bright spot was Fletcher Broderick claiming the significant scalp of Taranaki’s leading golfer Sam Jones 3/2.
L-R Sam Jones, Caleb Andreoli, Caleb Symes & Ethan Jones The Handicap pennant final was a much closer fought affair with Manukorihi 2 prevailing 5-4 against Inglewood 1 in a hard fought final. Both teams were in contention to win the Alf Bayliss Memorial Shield as the final pairs came up the 18th fairway. With Manukorihi number 2 Nathan Lopusiewicz halving the last hole against Trevor Terry to win his match 1up, it was left to Inglewood no1 Chris Reynolds to sink a 6 foot putt to beat Manukorihi’s Ivor Sarten and send the final into a sudden death play-off. Unfortunately his attempt missed and the halved match was enough for Manukorihi to take their first title since 2012. Defeat for Inglewood meant the club’s stranglehold on the Handicap Pennant was over, with the club’s no2 side winning the title the previous 3 years.
L-R Ivor Sarten, Nathan Lopusiewicz, Kevin Mancer, Robert Butler, Robin Broadmore & Jody Bound TARANAKI NOTICEBOARD
Mon 07 Jun 2021 Plains Tournament - Manaia GC
MANAWATU-WHANGANUI WANGANUI GOLF CLUB B GRADE PENNANTS RESULTS
The Wanganui Golf Club team won the B grade men’s Pennants in Rangitikei on recently by beating Marton 7-2 in the final.
SHANDON GOLF CLUB WIN LANSDOWNE TROPHY
Sat-Mon 5-7 Levin 3 Day Tournament Levin GC Sat-Sun 5-6 Feilding Queens Birthday Matchplay Feilding GC Sun 20 Horowhenua Open Levin GC
WELLINGTON WELLINGTON GOLF - PBGC WIN WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAMS DISTRICT FINAL
Paraparaumu Beach GC, anchored by a superb 62 to Mary Wilson and Naomi Radburn have stormed home the winners over Shandon and Masterton at the Women’s National Teams district final on a beautiful autumn day at Te Marua GC.
Shandon has won the Lansdowne Trophy for Women’s 36 Hole Interclub, for the first time since 2015, beating Royal Wellington in a classic battle around the famed links at Paraparaumu Beach GC. Royal had booked their place in the final by somewhat upsetting the 4 peat champions Boulcott’s Farm in the previous weekend’s semifinal, courtesy of a dramatic late round finish and subsequent playoff victory at Manor Park GC. The team from Royal set out in the morning where they had left off, a strong start and advantage in the lead out foursomes match, and a 2 hole lead approaching the 2/3rds mark in the middle match, with Shandon holding a good lead in the top match. The middle game, in what was to prove crucial at the end of the day, swung Shandon’s way in the last 6 holes, where the PBGC course shows its world class. Captain Anita Harkerss and
partner Dakota Asi played superbly, irons to close proximity on 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and into 4ft on 17 to seal the match. The afternoon settled into a real battle, with Royal holding advantage in the no.6 and no.4 matches, captain Pip Smith taking her match away from her opponent from the very first hole. Shandon held a good advantage in the no.1 match, NZ ranked no.1 player Darae Chung puting the foot down thruough the turn for a classy result. The no.5 match had been 4 up after 4 to Shandon, but that adavantage had dissapeared by the 13th, only for young Victoria Faafia to make a nice 2 on the 14th, gaining a single hole advantage and eventually winning 2/1. 2 Games each. Shandon no.2 Yewoo Hyun was striking the ball superbly and graudually gained an advantage over the previous weeks playoff hero Sam Maree Brown closing out the match on 16, and captain Harkerss birdied 18 to win on the final green. The final score belies how close the day was, the morning turn around proving the difference. Viv Callender, the recent Royal Wellington GC President, presented the trophies, and delivered a wonderful account of the history of the event from its creation in the early 70’s by the very strong and dominant Masterton Women’s team, unbeatable in the early years, through the winning run of Royal Wellington and on into the new millenium, with next year being the 50th contesting of the Lansdowne.
6 June 2021 Castlepoint Open Pairs 7 June 2021 Masterton - All Teed Up Queen’s Birthday Tournament
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JUNE 5 - JUNE 6 Waimea Open at Greenacres JUNE 7 Summerset Open at Nelson JULY 3 Turf Classic at Nelson
CANTERBURY RANGIORA GOLF CLUB - 9 HOLE INTERCLUB FINAL
The Canterbury 9 Hole Interclub Final was played recently at Rangiora recently where it was calm and settled with no wind or frost, and the course in great condition. All the 9 hole teams turned out for this final and played their 9 holes alongside the two finalists from Coringa and Russley. The final was played in a friendly theme through-out the round and all teams were outside the clubhouse to warmly cheer the last pairings on at the final hole. It was the Russley 1 team, pictured above of Christine Lake, Eleanor Smart, Jane Trotter, Sue Meyer and Suzanne Taylor that continued their consistent form from round robin play defeating Coringa’s Myra Story, Janice McPhail, Janet Harland and Judith Wilson who were appearing in their first interclub final, by a combined 71 stableford points to 64.
WEEDONS GOLF - WOMEN’S 18 HOLE SILVER & 18 HOLE 4’S INTERCLUB FINALS
The Women’s 18 Hole Silver and 18 Hole 4’s Interclub Finals were played recently at Weedons Golf in cool, foggy conditions and the course in great order. The 18 Hole Silver Final between Clearwater and Harewood was always going to be hard fought as both teams had finished locked at the top-of-the-table after round-robin play. While both teams had comfortable wins further down the order it was the battle at the top between Virginia Faass and Debbie Scott that swung the result in Harewood’s favour with Debbie gaining the vital win at the 18th, winning 1up.
The winning Harewood team pictured above are, from left Lynn Brand, Debbie Scott, Carolyn Rickard, Julie Jones, Helen Burne and Liz Warren. (Di Chaney, absent).
The victorious Tai Tapu 1 team are pictured above, from left Penny Coffey, Sue Hart, Donna Edmonds, Anne Siave and Carol Bates The 18 Hole 4’s Final between Tai Tapu 1 and Waitikiri was an even tighter affair with both teams locked together at the end of 18 holes after two matches were decided on the final hole. It then came down to a sudden death play-off between Carol Bates and Fay McCarthy at the top of the order before Carol clinched the match for Tai Tapu at the first extra hole.
The Champion Templeton team of, from left Paul Prendergast, Richard Hampton, John Hampton, Mark O Connor, Wayne Huddy, Tony Pupich, Murray Huddy, John Sykes and Lex Franklin were in control from the start of the competition getting away to a flying start winning their first ten matches and setting up what appeared to be an unasailable lead, however this was put to test as Templeton finished winless over the final three rounds. They were tied on 20 points at the top of the table but still had just enough in the tank to beat last year’s Champions McLeans Island who finished strongly, winning their last 9 matches but couldn’t quite peg back Templeton who had a superior individual games total of 69 to McLeans Island’s 57.
TEMPLETON GOLF CLUB PRESIDENTS GRADE CHAMPIONS
The winning team, from left is Shane Chatterton, Nick Tait, Shane Lacey, Russell Berridge, Mike Scott and Stephen Harrison
They are pictured, from left Stephen, David and Russell.
The final round of Presidents Grade Interclub was held at Bottle Lake Golf Club recently in warm, calm autumn conditions with the course in great order.
CANTERBURY GOLF NEWS WOMEN’S WEEKEND INTERCLUB FINAL
The Presidents Grade MVP Trophy was again very hotly contested and was in the balance right up to the final round, but it was McLeans Island’s Ian McCall who triumphed with 10 wins, 1 half and 2 losses over the 13 round competition.
CANTERBURY GOLF - CENTRAL SHIELD & BROWNIE CUP
The Final rounds of both Canterbury Central Shield and Brownie Cup were played at Ellesmere yesterday in fine conditions and the course in great order. Hororata Yellow were deserved winners of the Canterbury Central Shield remaining undefeated through the competition ahead of Weedons Red and Ellesmere. It was also fitting that their captain Andrew Inch was awarded the Grant Lethaby Trophy for the best individual performance also unbeaten throughout the competition. Weedons Black were convincing winners of the Brownie Cup winning by three points from Lincoln and Tai Tapu and were also undefeated for the season. . The Barkle Cup for best individual performance in Brownie Cup was a much closer affair with Lincoln’s David Gugich and Weedon’s Stephen Harrison and their captain Russell Berridge all unbeaten through the competition.
The Champion Hororata Yellow team from left is Andrew Inch, Simon Edwards, Max Edwards, Roy Stieller and Dominic Brettkelly
A frost delay at Russley caused the Harewood 2 and Weedons teams in the Weekend interclub final to cool their heels for an hour or so but there followed a fine sunny day and excellent course conditions. The Final played recently ,Deanna Matthews played par golf to claim an early win for Weedons against Lesley Hedges, but the other three matches were all decided on the 18th green resulting in a tie of two wins for each of the teams, Gail Parkinson also winning for Weedons against Denise Guerin 1 up while Lynn Brand defeated Kirsty O’Neill 2 up and Catherine Butts defeated Lorraine Langan 2 up for Harewood’s two wins. Deanna Matthews and Lynn Brand fought out a sudden death play-off on No.1 hole where Lynn’s two putt par swung the play-off in Harewood’s favour with players and supporters elated to become Weekend Interclub Champions for 2021. It completed an interclub double for the club with their Women’s 18 Hole Silver team winning their competition a fortnight ago.
The winning Harewood team, from left is Catherine Butts, Lesley Hedges, Valerie Wood, Denise Guerin, Lynn Brand and Fiona Nicholls.
05/06/2021 RAWHITI QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND GREENKEEPER’S TOURNAMENT CLUB: RAWHITI GOLF CLUB 06/06/2021 HUNTING & FISHING KAIKOURA 18 HOLE MEN’S OPEN CLUB: KAIKOURA GOLF CLUB 07/06/2021 BOTTLE LAKE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY AMBROSE TOURNAMENT CLUB: BOTTLE LAKE GOLF CLUB 07/06/2021 WAIMAKARIRI GORGE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY STABLEFORD TOURNAMENT CLUB: WAIMAKARIRI GORGE GOLF CLUB 16/06/2021 HAWARDEN WOMEN’S OPEN CLUB: HAWARDEN GOLF CLUB 21/06/2021 ASHBURTON LADIES OPEN CLUB: ASHBURTON GOLF CLUB 30/06/2021 WAIMAKARIRI GORGE MIDWEEK MIXED STABLEFORD TOURNAMENT CLUB: WAIMAKARIRI GORGE GOLF CLUB
OTAGO/SOUTHLAND GOLF - SOUTHLAND COUNTRY V OTAGO COUNTRY RESULTS
Southland Women had a great win beating Otago Country 10/2 at Gore on the 10th May Foursome Results Jody Drysdale & Gerladine Todd beat Liz McRae & Dale Dagg 1up Helen Baird & Lorraine Froger beat Becs Calder & Raewyn Devlin 2/1 Bronwyn O’Brien & Anita Fraser beat Maria Arhanic & Judy Sim 4/2 Nikki Hume & Teena McColl beat MaryAnne Kane & Joy Calder Southland 4 Otago 0 Individual Results Jody Drysdale square Liz McRae Helen Baird square Becs Calder Geraldine Todd beat Dale Dagg 6/5 Bronwyn O’Brien lost Raewyn Devlin 6/4 Nikki Hume beat Maria Arhanic 2/1 Anita Fraser beat Joy Calder 1up Teena McColl beat Joy Sim 5/4 Lorraine Froger beat Mary-Anne Kane 3/1 Southland 6 Otago 2 Overall Southland 10 Otago 2
TIMARU GOLF CLUB WIN AORANGI WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAMS DISTRICT FINAL
Final was held at The Timaru Golf club on Friday 14 May in fine but cool conditions. 16 clubs from throughout the region competed in the Four Ball Best Ball Competition with two pairs representing each Club. The Timaru team of Kathy Williams and Claire Spiers (nett 64) and Janet Rae and Wendy Smith (nett 67) were the winners with a combined nett score of 131. Runners up, Geraldine - nett 138. Margaret Bolton/Shona Bensemann (69), Avril Burrows/ Sisi Silcock (69) Other scores: Waimate – 140. F Martin/M Radburnd (70), K MacPherson/ S Brandreth (70) Fairlie – 141 G Wright/ A Anderson (69), K May/M Anderson (72) Mayfield – 143 J Clucas/ J Schmack (72), L Mulligan/S Graham (71) Tinwald – 143 M Kennedy/ B Harris (70), D Bell/ J Undy (73) Twos Dawn Plew Lower Waitaki
10/06/2021 Lower Waitaki Women’s Teams Club: Lower Waitaki Golf Club 17/06/2021 Temuka Mens 2BBB Club: Temuka Golf Club 18/06/2021 Mayfield Women’s Teams Club: Mayfield Golf Club 21/06/2021 Ashburton Ladies Open Club: Ashburton Golf Club 24/06/2021 Aorangi Stylemaster Tournament Club: Temuka Golf Club
Queens Park Par 3 Tournament 7, June 2021
TINWALD GOLF CLUB FINDLAY CUP WINNERS
Winton Par 3 Tournament June 20, 2021
Findlay Cup winners this year, Ryan Fahey & Alex Veint, well done on winning this prestigious Cup for 2021.
Loganbrae Trophy Annual Mixed Foursomes June 5, 2021 Patearoa Golf Club Clinton GC Queens Birthday Monday Tournament June 7, 2021 Clinton Golf Club Heriot Mixed Mid-Week Tournament June 16, 2021 Heriot Golf Club
Timaru Team, left to right: Wendy Smith, Kathy Williams, Claire Spiers, Janet Rae The Aorangi National Teams District
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