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Grant Moorhead was the best placed of the Taranaki Golfers at last Friday’s Brian Perry Classic Pro-am at St Andrews Hamilton. Moorhead fired a 69 which included 7 birdies to finish 4 shots behind the winner Harry Bateman in 6th spot. Brad Hayward – 73 finished in a tie for 20th and Dominic Barson – 75 was tied 26th.


The trio will be in Palmerston North for the NZPGA Championship which starts today – Thursday. They will be joined by fellow Taranaki professional Steven Heyes at the $125,000 event. The tournament has moved to Manawatu Golf Club from Remuera this year and will be the last opportunity for those not already qualified to play at next week’s New Zealand Open.   


Manukorihi 1 came out on top in their inter-club clash with Manukorihi 2 at last weekend’s Men’s Handicap Pennant to all but guarantee their place in the quarter-finals. Playing on their home course the no1 team won 6-3 winning 4 of the 6 singles matches in doing so. Defeat for Manukorihi 2 has left the door open for Westown as they drew level on points after defeating New Plymouth 6½-2½. In division two of the North section Fitzroy 1 finally got their campaign under way with a hard fought 5-4 win against the previously unbeaten Tumahu. Their defeat gave Inglewood and Kaitake the opportunity to draw level on points if either of them won their clash against each other. The honours on this occasion went to Kaitake winning 6-3.


This weekend the teams in the north will play the first of 2 rounds of cross-over ties between the 2 divisions at New Plymouth. Manukorihi 1 should be too strong for Inglewood 1, however Manukorihi 2 will no defeat against Kaitake will seriously dent their chances of progressing, whilst helping Kaitake cement their place on top of division 2. New Plymouth will be hoping that home course advantage will help them record their first win of the season against Fitzroy. Fitzroy on the other hand know they need to win this week and in the final round to have any chance to continue in the competition so should be extremely motivated. The final tie is between Westown and Tumahu and the town side will be hoping their experience on playing regularly at a longer course will be to their advantage.


In the Taranaki Wide section both Eltham and Waverley continued on their winning ways in division 1 at Inglewood on Sunday. Eltham dispatched Manaia easily winning 8-1 to stay on top of the table. They continue to be chased hard by Waverley ended up winning 6½-2½ against Te Ngutu2. The two teams clash this weekend at Kaitake and with only 1 halved match so far this season in the competition, this could well be the 2nd as they seem very evenly matched. In the other match in division1 Fitzroy 2 beat Pungarehu 7-2 to remain 2 points behind the leaders on the ladder and will need to beat Manaia on Sunday to remain in contention for a play-off spot. In division 2 (at this point I should apologise for misleading readers last week as I inadvertently previewed the wrong matches. Providing round four game details instead) Current champions Te Ngutu1 suffered their first defeat of the season against Inglewood 2 7-2, who retained their own 100% record in doing so. Kaitake also remain unbeaten in the division beating Hawera 6-3. Waitara made it a clean sweep for the north region clubs beating Patea 7-2 for their 1st win of the season.


Te Ngutu face another tough assignment this weekend as they take on hosts Kaitake in what could well determine their fate for the season, needing at least a point from the match. There will need to be a huge reversal in form between Inglewood and Patea to stop Inglewood from making it 4 from 4. Waitara will be hoping to double up against Hawera to make it 2 wins, whilst Hawera will be eager to get a win under their belt.


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