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The final round of sectional play for the Men’s Handicap Pennant took place last Sunday, and whilst there were a number of clubs still able to qualify it was the 8 teams that held the qualifying postions going into to the final round that all made it through. At Te Ngutu in division one, Eltham continued their perfect run to finish in top spot beating Fitzroy 2 6-3, which ended their chances of making the quarter-finals. Waverley finished in 2nd after a comfortable 7-2 win against Pungarehu. In the other game in the division, Te Ngutu managed to get a win under their belt beating Manaia 6½-2½.In Division 2 Kaitake 2 held on to 1st place in division 2 despite losing to Inglewood 2 5-4. Both teams finished on 8 points but Kaitake won more matches. The result meant that Te Ngutu 1’s reign as champions came to an end regardless of their result. As it was they had to settle with a 4½-4½ draw against Waitara, who finished the season strongly with 2 wins and a half. The battle for the wooden spoon also ended in a 4½-4½ draw leaving Hawera winless for the season. One highlight for the team was the team’s no5 Neil Yeoman getting a hole in one on the 174m Par 3 6th. Yeoman used a 4 iron to achieve his ace.

 

In the North Section another round of cross over ties at Fitzroy between the 2 divisions saw Kaitake 1 defeat Manukorihi 1 6-3 to confirm their spot in the last 8, with Tumahu topping the 2nd division after halving their match with New Plymouth. Despite losing to Kaitake Manukorihi 1 held on to top spot in division 1 after their no 2 side could only half their match with Inglewood. The final match between Fitzroy 1 and Westown saw the host team gain their second win of the season winning 6-3.

 

This weekend’s quarter-finals will be held at Manaia on Sunday. The unbeaten Eltham take on Kaitake 1 and their form this year suggests they will be difficult to beat. Tumahu play Waverley in what should be a closely fought match. The two Manukorihi teams will be hoping for a better result than last year when both teams lost out in sudden death play-offs in the quarter-finals. Manukorihi 1 will face Inglewood 2 and Manukorihi 2 take on Kaitake 2 with both matches likely to very close.

 

Manaia teenager Ethan Jones produced a very solid performance at last week’s Akarana Open. Jones 66-73-69-68-276 had 3 sub 70 rounds to finish on 4 under par in a share of 26th spot 14 strokes behind the winner Gareth Paddison who beat fellow professional Michael Hendry on the 4th play-off hole. Grant Moorhead 70-69-72-67-278 was 2 strokes further back in a tie for 32nd spot. The other Taranaki based golfers at the event failed to make the cut.

 

Jones now moves on to Muriwai for the next leg in the Charles Tour calendar, the Autex Muriwai Open where he will be hoping to carry over his form from last weekend. They will be joined by Taranaki based Professionals Brad Hayward and Steven Heyes and amateur Fletcher Broderick. Dominic Barson will also be at Muriwai after missing last week’s tournament. 

The Taranaki Women’s Masters Team finished mid table in 8th place well off the pace set by the winners Northland, in the Women’s Masters Interprovincial at Ngaruawahia Golf Club. Taranaki’s Total gross stableford score of 334 left them 2 behind 7th place Hawkes Bay/Poverty Bay and 45 points behind Northland. Team Score for Taranaki 80, 88, 81, 85-334: Debbie McCallum 27, 29, 27, 26;  Ann Braithwaite 27, 28, 32, 27; Svala Garner 25 (non-counter), 26 (n/c), 21 (n/c), 25 (n/c); Joanne McDonald 26, 31, 22, 32.

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