McCallum on Golf

Who will be Taranaki’s top club for 2013. The Dow AgroSciences-Taranaki Golf Top Club competition is underway with individual clubs hosting their qualifying events over the next two months. Four representatives from each club, comprising the best senior (<0-10 handicap), intermediate (11-20) and junior (21 plus) men plus the leading women will then compete in the Taranaki final to be hosted by the New Plymouth Golf Club on Sunday 22nd September. The inaugural top club competition was played last year and won by Manukorihi.

The Waitara Golf Club men’s matchplay champions have been determined for 2013. In the senior division Shane Grylls proved too strong for Casey Raven with an 8/7 winning margin over the 36 hole final. In the intermediate division Dallas Farquar was also an easy winner with an 8/7 victory over Johnnie Crowe. The junior division was very tight with Peter Huffam edging out Peter Cullen 1up and in the 18 hole limit final Alan Queripel also had a narrow win over Connor Wilson 1up.

A small field of 44 golfers competed in the Stumble Inn open tournament at Westown last Sunday. In the senior men’s division Tony Hardy recorded the best gross with a three over par round of 75 while Greg Blyde (82-11-71) won the best net. In the intermediate division, Bernie Keegan had the best gross with an 82 and Bill Okey (84-15-69) took out the best net. Club president Alan Mitchell recorded the best gross score in the junior division with a 90 while Nigel Black (94-28-66) had the best net score of the day to take out the best junior net. The best net score in the women’s division went to Trish Harvey (98-24-74).

Hawera Golf Club Captain Arnold Lloyd notched up his second hole in one recently when he used a seven iron to hole out on the 123 metre par three third hole at his home course. Lloyd’s wife Sue achieved the same feat on the same hole at the Croucher & Crowder South Taranaki Pro-am in April and still maintains bragging rights over her husband with a total haul of three hole in ones.

New Plymouth golfer Matthew McDonald has joined an elite group of golfers to have scored a three under par albatross. The 20 year old, who played fullback for the Inglewood senior rugby team this year, is a big hitter who used a pitching wedge to hole his second shot on the 426 metre par five 18th hole at New Plymouth during the Crowded House Wednesday competition.

Relative Club: