Taranaki Golf News

Taranaki representative filled the top three spots at the Taranaki women’s strokeplay championships at the Westown golf course last Sunday.


Te Ngutu’s Holly Winter took the top spot in the Tile Warehouse-sponsored event with a score of 154 after rounds of 78 and 76. Clubmate Celeste McLean was a shot further back after rounds of 80 and 75, while Westown’s Rochelle Keegan finished third on 157 after rounds of 76 and 81. The runaway winner of the net in the silver division was Manaia’s Tineka Kumeroa shooting a net 129 (64,65) on a 15 handicap. She was 13 shots ahead of 10 handicapper Fay Rowe (Waitara) who had scores of 70 and 72.In the bronze division, Urenui’s Sheree Robbertsen won the gross shooting 94 to finish two shots ahead of Manaia’s Brylee Winter. The bronze net was won by Dinny Gibbs on count back from Christine Vanner with a net 71.

The Taranaki Women’s masters team for next month’s Toro interprovincial at the Springfield Golf Club in Rotorua has been named.

The team, in playing order, is: Debbie McCallum (Te Ngutu), Carol Chard (New Plymouth), Kim Lucas (Westown) and Svala Garner (Urenui). Inglewood’s Chris Wilson has been named as the non-travelling reserve.

■Taranaki’s leading amateur Brad Hayward had a disappointing final finish in the Riversdale Cup  in Melbourne last week. 

over par 80 put paid to the chance of a much higher placing than the 33rd place he finished.

s break for anniversary weekend.  wide group, Stratford should prove too strong for Patea; Te Ngutu 1 will feel confident of a win against Fitzroy 2; while a win for the unbeaten Waverley against Eltham will see them progress through to the quarterfinals. 
In division two, Pungarehu will need to take full use of home course advantage over Inglewood if they are to prevail. Te Ngutu 2 is firm favourites to pick up another win against Opunake. Manaia have the bye.
Westown host the North Taranaki section. In division one, Westown 2 take on Fitzroy 1 who will be hoping to cause an upset by beating the home team, defeat for either side will end their hopes of a quarterfinal place.  Manukorihi 1 against Inglewood is too close to call and Waitara 2 will have to topple Kaitake 2 if they want to remain in contention.   Division two sees the two only unbeaten sides clash. Home advantage for Westown 1 over Manukorihi 2 may prove to be the telling difference. Waitara 1 will expect to take account of the winless Kaitake 1 and in the final match, New Plymouth will be looking to keep in touch with the leading two teams with a win against Tumahu.
■The annual Bruce McCallum memorial tournament takes place on Friday, March 21, at the Te Ngutu Golf Club.  McCallum was a Taranaki golfing stalwart whose many roles for the district included Taranaki Golf president and senior representative manager and selector. If you are interested in playing contact Paul on 06 272 8039. 


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