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The Opening round of Men’s Handicap Pennant got under way last Sunday. In the Taranaki Wide section at Patea the defending champions Te Ngutu 1 got their defence underway with a 6½-2½ win over Hawera. Kaitake 2 who are competing in the Taranaki Wide section for the first time had a very good win against the host team Patea 5½-3½. Fellow debutants in the section Waitara however weren’t so lucky, being soundly beaten 7-2 by Inglewood 2. In the other division of the Taranaki wide section, Eltham smashed Pungarehu 9-0 to put down an early market for this year’s competition. Waverley was too strong for Manaia winning 6½-2½. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the round was Fitzroy 2 beating Te Ngutu 2 6-3. The win meant it is the first time that Fitzroy has avoided defeat in the opening round since entering a team in the Taranaki wide section in 2012. 

 

In the North Taranaki section at Westown, Manukorihi 1 showed they will once again be hard to beat with a comfortable 7-2 win against New Plymouth. There was some consolation for New Plymouth number 5 Lane Powell who had a hole in one on the par 3 16th on his way to a 2/1 victory against Richard Hamel. Manukorihi 2 and Westown shared the points in a closely fought 4½-4½ draw. In the other division Tumahu managed to edge ahead of Kaitake1 5-4, while Inglewood 1 made it a perfect start for the club matching their no2 side with a 7-2 win against Fitzroy 1.

 

This weekend’s matches see Waitara Golf Club hosting the North Taranaki section and Hawera the Taranaki wide section. Whilst it is only the 2nd round those teams who lost last weekend will know another defeat will make it extremely difficult to progress. Conversely the teams who won will be eager to consolidate their positions.

 

The Women are also in action this weekend when their weekend pennant gets underway at Inglewood. Last year’s winners Inglewood will feel confident of a first up win as they host Kaitake. The tie of the round looks like being the clash between Te Ngutu and New Plymouth with both clubs able to call on a number of past and present representative golfers. The other match ups see Manaia take on Manukorihi and Hawera play Westown.

 

Taranaki golfers James Malone and Ethan Jones made the journey across to Hastings to play in the Hasting Open at the Bridge Pa Golf Club recently. Malone finished in a tie for 16th with rounds of 82-75-77-234. Jones was 5 strokes further back in 21st position shooting 83-78-78-239. The eventual winner, NZ representative Riverside’s Nick Coxon 70-72-72-214 has a Taranaki connection - he played golf as a junior at Fitzroy during the school holidays when staying with his grandparents.

 

It is fair to say that this summer has not been to kind to golfers in the region. If it has not been raining the westerly wind has made scoring reasonably tough. However spare a thought for the green keeping staff, the mixture of wet and humid conditions has been the perfect conditions for a variety of diseases and pests to infest the greens; applying the prescribed to chemicals to rid them of these problems is hampered by the previously mentioned rain and wind. So please bear that in mind next time a putt or chip takes an unexpected deviation off course due to the effects of “dollar spot” etc.  

 

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