Golf News


A Trio of Taranaki professionals will be teeing off today in the Holden NZPGA Championships at Remuera Golf Course. Brad Hayward and Grant Moorhead both qualified at Monday’s qualifying round at Akarana. Hayward shot a two under 68 and Moorhead a 1 under par 69 to finish amongst the top 19 who made it to the PGA Championships. They will join Dominic Barson who had already been confirmed in the field.


It could prove to be a busy few days for the three as they are all confirmed as entrants for final qualifying for the BMW NZ Open on Monday 7th March. Barson and Hayward will be attempting to qualify at Royal Auckland, whilst Moorhead will head to Otago and compete at the Cromwell golf course. Fellow New Plymouth based professional Steven Heyes who missed out on PGA qualification by one shot, will also be at Royal Auckland trying to make it to the NZ Open.


The Men’s Handicap pennant threw up a few surprises at Inglewood and Tumahu last weekend. In the North Section Manukorihi1 were well beaten 4½-1½ by Westown. Despite the defeat Manukorihi remain top of Division1. Kaitake2 had the bye. In the other match New Plymouth had another 3-3 half this time with Waitara. In division2 Inglewood1 got their first points of the season beating Fitzroy1 4-2. Kaitake1 made it a winless weekend for Manukorihi with a close fought 3½-2½ win against Manukorihi2. Tumahu had the bye.


In the Taranaki Wide section played at Inglewood Hawera suffered their first defeat of the season going down 3½-2½ to defending champions Eltham in Division1. The other matches in the division saw Te Ngutu1 had a comfortable 4½-1½ win against Opunake and Patea were the latest team to beat Fitzroy2 4-2 in another disappointing display. The latest round of results leaves four teams on 4 points, with Opunake on 2 points only a pointless Fitzroy are out of contention for a spot in the quarter-finals. In Division2 Waverley made it 3 from 3 with a 4½-1½ against Pungarehu, who despite the final result were in contention with five matches going to the 18th hole. Stratford like Fitzroy2 remains without a point after a 5-1 defeat against Manaia. Inglewood made the most of playing at home to defeat Te Ngutu2 4-2 to register their first win of the season. While Waverley sit atop of division2 there last 2 matches are against Manaia and Te Ngutu2 who are both on 4 points only 2 points behind Waverley. This weekend team’s travel to Westown and Pungarehu for the fourth round of matches before the Handicap Pennant takes a 3 week break over the Taranaki Anniversary Weekend and Easter period.


While the men were in action the Ladies were competing in the second round of the Weekend Pennant at Te Ngutu. The host club took full toll of their home course advantage beating neighbours Hawera 5-0. Kaitake maintained their 100% record defeating Inglewood 3-2 as did New Plymouth who got up over Manaia by the same score. The other match of the round between Stratford and Westown finished all square 2½-2½. The next round of Women’s Weekend Pennant takes place at Manaia on 20th March.


Kaitake Golfer Dennis Hanscombe achieved his first hole in one when he aced the 8th hole at Inglewood last Wednesday. Playing on a 12 handicap Hanscombe used a pitching wedge to achieve the feat in a round which also included another Eagle on the Par 5 14th hole for a total of 47 stableford points and 2nd place in the Wednesday competition.


A field of 77 men and Women played in the Patrick Moore Open at New Plymouth on Sunday.
New Plymouth’s Joanne McDonald took the 1
st prize in the Ladies division with 37 points. Bernadette Kinnell –New Plymouth was runner up with 33 points while Eleanor Hodson took the Gross Prize with an 82. In the Men’s Section Zach Lewis won the Gross Prize with a 71. Don Caskey was 1st in division 1 with 41 points with Manukorihi’s Carey Hobbs second with 40 points. In the 2nd Division New Plymouth’s John Lehman had the best stableford of the day with 46 points with fellow Ngamotu golfer Neil Harvey 2nd on 42 points.


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