McCallum on Golf

A small field will compete in the 72 hole Good Home Bar & Restaurant Westown Classic at the Westown Golf Club this weekend. Defending men’s champion Daryl Baird (Waitara) along with Tim White (Hawera), Jamie Reid (Fitzroy) and Kerry Otene (Inglewood) appear to be the best of the local players while Matthew Morris (Hamilton) and Josh Rookes (Mt Maunganui) are definite title contenders. The women’s title is likely to be a duel between Celeste Mclean (Manaia) and Rochelle Keegan (Westown) with Tyla Winter (Manaia) also a possible contender.


Taranaki representatives Fletcher Broderick (75-75-77-227-39th=) and Sam Jones (71-77-80-228-42nd=) finished well off the pace at the Grant Clements Memorial tournament played at the Mount Maunganui Golf Club last weekend. The 2014 title went to Bailey Smith (71-72-68-211) who won a sudden death play-off over Sam Vincent (70-71-70-211) and Hayden Beard (71-69-71-211). Former Taranaki representatives Sanjay Modgill (73-74-69-216) finished 10th= and Steven Heyes (74-73-75-222) finished  23rd=.


The first round of the 2014 Taranaki men’s handicap pennant competition was played on Sunday. The Dow AgroSciences sponsored event has attracted 23 club teams with 12 teams competing in the North Taranaki section and 11 in the Taranaki wide section. Defending champions Waverley got off to a perfect start with a convincing 6 ½ - 2 ½ win over Te Ngutu while other notable results in the Taranaki wide section played at Waverley saw Pungarehu beat Opunake 6-3 and Stratford toppled Fitzroy Two 6-3. In North Taranaki section matches played at New Plymouth, Manukorihi Two were impressive 7-2 winners over Waitara One while New Plymouth managed a rare win by edging out Kaitake One 5-4.


Taranaki professionals were in action last week with the start of the 2014 NZPGA tournament schedule. The $20,000 Eketahuna / Masterton Pro-am was won by Josh Geary (65-67-132) who shot a 10 under total for the 36 hole event. Taranaki professional scores and positions were: Grant Moorhead (73-67-140-9th=), Dominic Barson (70-71-141-13th=), Patrick Moore (71-73-144-21st=, Blake Cowley 76-76-152-34th). The $10,000 Martinborough Pro-am was won by Josh Carmichael with a nine under par round of 63 (Dominic Barson, Blake Cowley 72-13th=, Grant Moorhead 73-17th=, Patrick Moore 76-29th=). The $10,000 Paraparaumu Pro-am was won by Harry Bateman with a four under par round of 68 (Dominic Barson 74-8th=, Blake Cowley 75-13th=, Patrick Moore 83-30th)


Beating your age is no mean feat but New Plymouth Golf Club member Bill Jones has done it twice since the start of the month. On the 1st February the 79 year old shot a four over par round of 76 at his home course but last Wednesday the 10 handicapper went three better to beat his age by an impressive six shots. Jones shot a one over par round of 73 at Ngamotu to record 45 stableford points and take out top prize in the Crowded House Bar & Café Wednesday club competition. His scorecard (par in brackets) was : Out-3(4)4(4)4(4)4(4)4(4)3(3)4(5)6(5)4(3)36(36)In-4(5)5(4)3(3)4(4)4(3)4(4)4(4)4(4)5(5)-37(36)-73(72).


New Plymouth Golf Club member Paul Carrington knotched up his second hole in one last Saturday. The 10 handicapper used a nine iron to hole out on the 116 metre par three 14th hole at his home course.


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