McCallum on Golf

Taranaki’s more senior golfers hit the fairways this weekend with the Spicers Taranaki Masters and Seniors Championship being hosted by the Fitzroy and New Plymouth Golf Clubs on Saturday and Sunday. The 36 hole event which is open to both male and female golfers aged 40 and over has attracted 70 entries to date.  With the absence of defending champion Carey Hobbs (injury) and Murray Martin (representing New Zealand Seniors) the favourites for the men’s title are the Taranaki Masters quartet of Aarun Langton (Opunake), Tony Hardy (Westown), Brian Rowland (Fitzroy) and Robbie Sim (Kaitake). The leading contenders for the women’s title are Eleanor Hodgson (New Plymouth) and Chris Wilson (Inglewood).

The Taranaki Golf Centre Pumas are the inaugural Bunnings Taranaki Golf senior men’s invitational matchplay champions. The eight strong side of Murray Martin, Daryl Baird, Ben Joseph, Bernie Smith, Michael Sharp, Robbie Sim, Chad Quinney and Daniel Lundt edged out the Taranaki Hardcore Rebels 5-3 in the 18 hole final at the New Plymouth Golf Club on Sunday.

Taranaki golf selector John Newland has named an eight strong Taranaki men’s squad to compete in the Kapi Tareha Memorial 72 hole Strokeplay tournament to be played at the Napier Golf Club this weekend. The team is Brad Hayward, Zach Lewis, Fletcher Broderick (New Plymouth), Kerry Otene, Ben Joseph (Inglewood), Jamie Reid (Fitzroy), Tim White (Hawera) and Joseph Doyle (Tumahu).

The Fitzroy Golf Club Strokeplay championships were completed recently. In the senior men’s division, Taranaki representative Jamie Reid (69-66-71-206) shot a two over par total for the 54 hole event to win by six shots, with Brian Rowland (69-73-71-212) in second place. The intermediate men’s title went to Norm Broughton (75-74-79-228) with Nev Rowland and John Amundsen tied for second on 234. In the junior division Danny Joubert (91-83-85-258) finished two shots clear of Kevin Barriball and AJ Stewart while Barry Seebeck (92-98-96-286) won the limit division with Wilson Graham runner-up on 293. The introduction of a senior women’s championship saw a battle of the young guns with Holly Winter (77-76-153) prevailing over Vanessa Bouvet (74-79-153) in a sudden death play-off.

Daniel White upset his older brother Tim to claim the Hawera Golf Club senior men’s Strokeplay title recently. The 17 year old birdied the first hole in a sudden death play-off after both players were tied on 148 for the 36 hole event. The intermediate division went to Duckie Ropiha (83-80-163) who edged out Mark Arnold by one shot. In the junior division, Steve Batchelor (86-79-165) was an easy winner while the limit title went to Alan Curtis.

An extended European holiday proved to be the perfect tonic for Westown golfer Brian Dombroski, The 19 handicapper used a four iron to record a hole in one on the 147 metre par three 14th hole at his home course recently. It was the second ace for Dombroski who achieved the same feat at Kaitake several years ago.

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