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The second round of the Men’s Handicap pennant saw a mixture of lopsided matches and closely fought ones. In the North section played at Waitara, the Manukorihi machine continued it winning ways in division 1. Manukorihi 2 crushed New Plymouth 8-1, whilst Manukorihi 1 were made to work a lot harder by Westown in winning their match 5½-3½ with 3 of the games only being decided on the last hole.  In division 2 Tumahu made it 2 from 2 in defeating Inglewood 1 5½-3½ in what was another closely fought affair with Tumahu winning 2 of the matches by the smallest of margins 1 up. Kaitake 1 proved to be too strong for Fitzroy 1 to record their first win of the season 6½ -2½ and leave the town side winless after 2 rounds.


The Taranaki-Wide section took place at Hawera where Te Ngutu 1’s defence remains well and truly on track with a 9-0 thrashing of Patea in division two. Kaitake 2 also enjoyed an easy win against Waitara winning 8-1 and with Inglewood 2 coming out on top against the host club with a 5-4 win to leave the 3 winners all unbeaten after 2 rounds. In division 1 Eltham followed up their 1st round 9-0 win over Pungarehu with another convincing result this time against Te Ngutu 2 7½-1½. For Pungarehu it was a much more improved performance but they could still not prevent Manaia winning 6½-2½. Waverley maintained their 100% start to the season coming out on top against Fitzroy 2 5½-3½.


The Men’s pennant takes a break this weekend with Westown hosting the Westown Cup.  This is a 36-hole tournament and is part of the Taranaki Tour OOM. It has replaced the Westown Classic and in an attempt to attract more entries the tournament will be played over the Saturday and Sunday. Another initiative is that entry to the Westown Cup will include entry into the Golf Zone Open Tournament which is being held on the Sunday.


Taranaki Golfers Murray Martin and John Newland both competed in the NZ Men’s Senior Championships at Ohope Golf Club last weekend. For both golfers it was a case of what could have been. For Martin his tournament was undone in the first round when he had a 9 after getting into some bunker trouble on the par 5 8th-hole and ended up shooting a 10over par 81. Rounds of 70 and 73 for a 54-hole 224 saw him finish in a tie for 24th spot in a field of 144. For John Newland the problems occurred on the final day. Rounds of 75 & 73 on the first two days had seen him in a tie for 17th place, but a final round 80 saw Newland finish in 38th place with 228. The eventual winner was Royal Auckland’s Brent Paterson 72-67-67-206, who fired 5 birdies and no dropped shots in the final 11 holes to turn a three shot deficit into a 6 stroke victory over Andries Cloetes.


The women’s weekend pennant got underway at Inglewood last Sunday. Played in wet conditions hosts and current holders Inglewood went down 3-2 to Kaitake in a closely fought match. Hawera overcame Westown by the same margin, while Manukorihi were far too strong for Manaia winning 5-0 and Te Ngutu came out on top against New Plymouth in another close match winning 3-2. The next round is scheduled at Te Ngutu on 26th February.


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