McCallum on Golf

New Plymouth golfer Murray Martin has been selected in the New Zealand Senior (55 and over) men’s team to compete against Australia for the Sanctuary Cove Trophy. Martin (60) will make his fifth appearance at the event which will be played at the Sanctuary Cove Golf Club in Queensland from 9th-11th September. The other members of the 12 strong New Zealand team are: Michael Baltrop, John Batley, Tony Treen, Mike Leitch, Arthur Parkin (Auckland), Andrew McKechnie, Phil Hunter (Waikato), Rodney Baltrop, Frank Borren (Wellington), John Sanders (Canterbury) and Robbie Bell (Aorangi). The New Zealand team will compete in the Australian Seniors Amateur Championship to be played at the Royal Queensland Golf Club prior to the Trans-Tasman clash from 3rd-5th September.

The Taranaki Golf Centre Pumas maintained their unbeaten record in the Bunnings Taranaki Golf senior men’s matchplay competition with a 5-3 win over the Revital Fertiliser Coasters at New Plymouth last Sunday. The Pumas charge was led by Chad Quinney who has a perfect record of five winds at number seven.  Michael Sharp (number five) and Bernie Smith (number three) both chimed in with wins for the Pumas while Murray Martin notched up his first win of the competition with a 4/3 win over Brook Gray to secure top qualifying spot for the Pumas who will meet the Taranaki Hardcore Rebels in the final at New Plymouth on Sunday 25th August. The Rebels, who had already qualified for the final prior to the last round robin match, went down to the Jennian Homes Hornets 4 ½ - 3 ½. Bernie Ropiha, Jarron Pittams, Sam Jones and Tyla Otene all recorded wins for the Hornets while Kerry Otene halved with Jamie Reid in the battle of the number ones to give the Hornets a 4 ½ - 3 ½ winning margin. The final match of the round saw the Pita Pit Pirates and the Vanburwray Vipers draw four all. Crucial wins for the Pirates were made by Tim White who edged out Mark Kennard 1 up at number one while Damien Powell beat Zach Lewis 2up at number two.

It took 40 years but New Plymouth Golf Club member Peter Crossan has now crossed it off his golf bucket wish list – the 11 handicapper scored his first hole in one last Saturday at his home course when he used a five iron to ace the 146 metre par three ninth hole. Crossan went onto record a gross 79 and the feat also completed a Crossan trifecta with older brother Don and younger brother Grant having both achieved hole in ones.

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