Taranaki Golf News

Five Taranaki Golfers have headed over to Hastings to play in the 72 hole New Zealand Stroke Play Championships beginning at the Bridge Pa Golf Course today. Taranaki Men’s No1 amateur Brad Hayward will be looking for a strong performance following his recent excursions over to Australia.   He will be joined in the Men’s championship by fellow New Plymouth golfer Zach Lewis. Whilst in the Women’s event the Winter Sisters (Holly and Tyla) from Te Ngutu and Manaia’s Celeste McLean will be flying the flag for Taranaki.

A field of 84 took part in the recently held Sinclair Electrical Tournament at Opunake Golf Club. Results were as follows: Seniors 1st Net J Doyle 67 (3) 1st Stableford B Rowland 39 pts. Intermediate 1st Net C Keech 59 (14) 1st Stableford W Davey 46 pts. Junior 1st Net  A Ritchie 61 (25) 1st Stableford S Knowles 43 pts. Women’s 1st Net J Forsyth 67 (42) 1st Stableford B Gadsby 40 pts.

The Remnants of Cyclone Lusi had a mayor part to play in last weekend’s Dow AgroSciences Men’s Handicap Pennants. The Taranaki Wide matches held at Pungarehu on Sunday had to be abandoned, because of the high winds. Whilst play got under way in the morning foursomes, the weather deteriorated quickly, and a decision to call play off was made, because of safety concerns for the golfers on the course. As a result all matches were declared 4½ all draws and each team received one point. In the North Taranaki round of matches held at Westown play was possible, although conditions were testing. In Division One, Westown Two prevailed over Fitzroy One 5½ - 3½. Inglewood One came out on top against Manukorihi One in the top of the table clash to claim top spot. Waitara Two kept their hopes of a Quarter-final spot with a vital 5½ - 3½ win against Kaitake Two. In Division Two, The battle of the unbeaten teams saw Westown One come out on top against Manukorihi Two 5- 4 in a hard fought match which could have gone either way. The win sees Westown as the first confirmed quarter-finalist. Kaitake One caused an upset beating an experienced Waitara One team 6½ - 2½. In the other match Tumahu gave themselves an Outside chance of making the last eight with a 6 -3 victory over New Plymouth. The final round of sectional play takes place on Sunday 6th April.


New Plymouth professional Craig Owen played three Senior NZ PGA events last week in the South Island. At the Pegasus Pro-Am, Owen carded a respectable 3 over 75 for a share of 14th. The following day he scored a 7 over 79 to finish equal 25th. The final event of three at Methven saw Craig well off the pace with an 81 (+10).


Fellow New Plymouth pro Grant Moorhead lined up on Sunday in the $20,000 Brian Perry Classic. A strong field of 30 invited professionals played at the St Andrews Golf Club in Hamilton, Moorhead shot a 3 over 75 to finish in a share of 23rd Place, 11 shots behind the eventual winner David Smail.


 The Women’s nine hole pennants competition got underway this week at Westown. There were wins for Westown, Manukorihi and Te Ngutu, Katitake White, Inglewood, New Plymouth and Stratford halved their matches. The Second round takes place at Fitzroy on 7th April.


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