Taranaki Golf News

The final round of sectional play in the Dow AgroSciences Men’s handicap pennants takes place this weekend and several teams will have their calculators and slide rules out as seven of the eight places for the quarter-finals are still up for grabs. Stratford hosts the Taranaki wide section and in Division1 holders Waverley will need at least a draw against the host team Stratford to guarantee a quarter-final place. Te Ngutu1 takes on Eltham and victory for Te Ngutu will see them through to the next stage. However victories for Stratford or Eltham could see different teams progress from the division. Division2 also has a number of permutations possible. Current leaders Te Ngutu have the bye and will have a nervous wait as to their fate. Inglewood2 plays the winless Opunake and should be too strong and will secure their place in the quarters. Pungarehu take on Manaia and a victory for them by 5½ games or more will see them progress to the quarter-finals.

Manukorihi hosts the final round in the North Taranaki section and a number of teams can still qualify in Division1. Inglewood1 take on Westown2 and should be good enough to win and progress. Manukorihi1 will be hoping that home course advantage against Kaitake2 will give them a victory. Should they secure a big win and other results go their way, they could still make it through. However the other contenders Waitara2 have a great chance to progress as they take on Fitzroy1, if they can win well. In Division2 one place remains to be decided. Westown1 are already through and should continue on their winning ways. Manukorihi2 take on New Plymouth and only require 1 point to progress. Tumahu will be hoping they slip, up as a big win against the bottom placed Kaitake1 could see them sneak into the quarter-finals.

Last Sundays Waimate Plains Championship was a tight affair. In a field of forty five players, Manaia Golfer Sam Jones and Inglewood’s Kerry Otene both shot (71-69-140). In the play-off Otene retained his title with a birdie on the first extra hole (10th). Teenager Fletcher Broderick who was two further shots back came third. Manaia’s Jim Ngere (65-64-129) one the net competition with Pungarehu’s Len Adamson (65-67-132) coming second.
In the Women’s event Manaia’s Celeste McLean (74-69-143) finished 15 shots ahead of Fitzroy’s Holly Winter (78-80-158) to win the gross.
Jackie Smith -Te Ngutu (64-76-140) was first net with Hawera’s Tineka Kumeroa (70-71-141) in second place.

The Taranaki Women’s Masters Team of Debbie McCallum, Carol Chard, Kim Lucas and Svala Garner headed off to Rotorua this week to take part in the NZ Masters Interprovincial tournament. Hosted by Springfield Golf Club, the tournament is played over four rounds of gross stableford, with the best three scores each round counting and the team with the highest aggregate score are the winners. Last year Taranaki finished in a tie for third and manager Wendy Cameron believes the team is more than capable of matching if not bettering last year’s result.


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