McCallum on Golf

The Taranaki women’s golf team take centre stage next week when they compete in the Toro national women’s interprovincial championship. The matchplay format event starts at the Muriwai Golf Club in West Auckland on Tuesday. The five strong Taranaki side will be looking for a repeat of their effort last year where they were unlucky to miss out on a semi-final spot and had to settle for seventh place. 17 year old Celeste McLean will lead the team and her performance along with the other young guns, Holly Winter (15) and Vanessa Bouvet (14) will be pivotal if Taranaki is to secure a top four spot. All three players made their debut at this tournament last year and will be joined by the experienced Rochelle Keegan (Westown) and Joanne McDonald (New Plymouth), who is making her debut at this level. Taranaki’s draw is: Tuesday am versus Tasman, pm versus Manawatu-Wanganui; Wednesday am versus Hakes Bay; Thursday am versus Wellington, pm versus Bay of Plenty; Friday am versus Otago

The Manukorihi Golf club Open Christmas Hamper attracted 134 golfers on Sunday. The best overall gross score was recorded by Damien Powell with a three under par round of 69. The best net in the senior division went to Nathan Lopusiewicz with a net 66 while seven players tied for the best stableford on 40 points. In the intermediate division Geoff Peters had the best score with a net 64 and Bruce Taylor the best stableford with 43 points. In the junior division Phil Cleaver won the best net with a 61 and Don Lister took out the stableford with 46 points. In the ladies division, Svala Garner recorded the best net with a 69 and Barbara Rawlinson had the best stableford with 40 points.

A field of 103 men and 24 women participated in the Patea Golf Club open Christmas hamper. In the senior men’s division, Taranaki Golf selector and senior club champion John Newland recorded the best gross score with a one under par round of 72. The best net went to Jamie Johnston (82-16-66) while Neil Edgcombe took out the best stableford with 43 points. In the intermediate section N Taylor recorded the best gross score with an 85 while B Hank (net 64) and Stephen Petricevich (45) had the best net and stableford respectively. In the junior section, Ross Cleaver won the best gross with an 89; Nick Williams (90-35-65) had the best net and Jim Newlove the best stableford with 44 points. The best net in the women’s division went to Larni Tipu (101-36-65) and the best stableford went to Moya Dunlop and Carolyn Davidson with 41 points. Davidson, who is a member at Patea, provided the highlight of the day when she used a driver to hole out on the 146 metre par three first hole to record her first hole in one.

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