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Grant Moorhead’s near 4 year wait for another NZ PGA title is over after he won the Bayley’s Waitemata Pro-am last week. Moorhead shot a four under par 66 to finish in a tie for 1st place after 18 holes with Kwang Hue Kim. He then went on to win the play-off on the 3rd extra hole. Steven Heyes 71 was the next best of the Taranaki Golfers playing finishing in a tie for 9th place. Moorhead’s victory followed a solid performance at the 36-hole City Pharmacy Group Takapuna Pro-Am, where he shot rounds of 69-64-133 to finish equal 5th, 6 strokes behind the winner Jared Pender 64-63-127. Fellow New Plymouth professional Dominic Barson 71-64-135 finished in a tie for 8th place, with Brad Hayward 74-70 and Heyes72-72 finishing well back in 27th spot.


Taranaki’s leading women golfers will be in action at Te Ngutu this Sunday at the 36-hole Taranaki Women’s Strokeplay Championships. Silver, Bronze 1 and 2 divisions will be contested and the event is also acting as a Trial for the Woman’s Masters Team to be selected for the NZ Masters at Ngaruawahia Golf Club in April. Anyone who has yet to enter, but wishes to do so should contact Shirley Hosking 021 125 4969.


Another event scheduled for this weekend is the Foreman Trophy at Manukorihi Golf Club. Teams of 6 players will compete over 36-holes of net with all scores to count. A decline in entries has led to the tournament organisers, allowing some clubs to form composite teams to compete at the event in an attempt to boost entries. With this change Taranaki Golf has added the event to the Crowded House Taranaki Tour. So while the event is predominately a team event, individuals will be able to earn Tour points for the OOM. It will be interesting to see if these changes help to boost the tournament entries, as based on current trends the demand for 36-holes in one day is definitely waning in Taranaki.


One tournament that did not have any difficulties in attracting entries was the 16th Roger Rei Memorial Golf Tournament played last Saturday at Patea Golf Club. Organisers decided to move the event which has traditionally been played on a Friday and will have been delighted in attracting a field of 171 golfers from clubs from around the North Island. Played in what were benign conditions for Patea there was some impressive scoring in all divisions. The low score of the day went to Kerry Otene with a 4 under par 69 to claim the trophy for a second successive year, finishing one stroke ahead of New Plymouth teenager Monte Burmester. The best net score of the day was produced by Opunake’s Michael Taylor who shot a 2 over par 75 on an 18 for a net 57. The best gross in the women’s section went to Te Ngutu’s Ann Braithwaite with a 1over 74, with Patea’s Verna Bourke 86-20-66 recording the best net. Other Results: Net, Senior: 1st Nathan Ropiha 73-9-64, 2nd Nathan Ngere 75-10-65. Intermediate: 1st Mark O’Neill 79-16-63, 2nd Kevin Cameron 78-12-66. Junior: 1st J Fannin 84-19-65 2nd   W Harris 98-33-65. Ladies: 1st Net S Adamson 81-13-67 2nd L Kempton 93-22-71.Stableford, Senior 1st R Geary 44 points 2nd P Hawkes 42. Intermediate G Crawshaw 44 2nd D McKenzie 42.Junior: W Coxhead 44 2nd B Cook 42. Ladies: K Honeyfield 41 2nd B Hill 38












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