McCallum on Golf

The Taranaki Golf Centre Pumas will be the favourites to take out the inaugural Bunnings Taranaki Golf senior men’s invitational matchplay competition when they take on the Taranaki Hardcore Rebels in the final at New Plymouth on Sunday. The eight strong Pumas side was the only team to have an unbeaten record in the round robin series but were held to a draw by the Rebels in the opening round of the competition. The teams for the final on Sunday are : Pumas – Murray Martin, Daryl Baird, Ben Joseph, Bernie Smith, Michael Sharp, Robbie Sim, Chad Quinney and Daniel Lundt; Rebels- Jamie Reid, Tony Cawley, Joseph Doyle, Tony Hardy, Fletcher Broderick, Charlie Boon, David Simpson and Don Armstrong.

Inglewood golfer Kerry Otene (72-70-142) took out the Matt Cleaver Excaxating 36 hole Classic played at the Te Ngutu Golf Club on Sunday. Otene shot an even par total to beat Joseph Doyle (75-69-144) and Jamie Reid (71-73-144) by two shots. Manaia’s Holly Winter (78-68-146) blitzed the women’s field, finishing 17 shots clear of Celeste McLean (81-82-163). The best men’s net in the Crowded House Taranaki Tour event went to David Simpson from Pungarehu who shot two rounds of 73 off his seven handicap for a 36 hole net total of 132, two shots clear of Pop Edgecombe (66-68-134) from Te Ngutu. The best women’s net score went to Claudia Munro (69-81-150) from Manaia. Other leading men’s gross scores were: Jarron Pittams (73-73-146), Ethan Jones (74-75-149), Murray Martin (73-76-149), Michael Sharp (73-77-150), Tyla Otene (78-74-152), Neil Bryant (80-73-153), Aaron Mathieson (78-75-153), Kevan Murrell (77-76-153), Tim White (75-78-153).

Taranaki’s number one amateur male golfer Brad Hayward (71-69-77-73-290) finished fourth equal in the North Harbour Strokeplay Championship played at the Muriwai Links course in West Auckland last weekend. Hayward led after the opening 36 holes but fell off the pace on the final day to post a two over par total for the 72 hole event to finish 10 shots behind the tournament winner Peter Lee (70-72-70-68-280) from Rotorua.

Te Ngutu are the 2013 Taranaki women’s weekend golf pennant champions. The five strong side of Gwyneth MacDonald, Donna Kerehoma, Adrienne Johnson, Kaye-Maree Mihaljevich and Erin Wilsonwon the competition for the first time. Several teams were in contention going into the final round with the Te Ngutu side finishing on 13 points, one point clear of Manukorihi who won a four team play-off to claim second place.

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