McCallum on Golf

McCallum on Golf

Manaia juniors Celeste McLean (17) and Holly Winter (15) have been identified by New Zealand Golf’s National Selection Panel as emerging talented players within New Zealand Golf’s National Development Programme. Mclean, who is in her final year at Hawera High School, caught the attention of the national selectors when she won the North island Under 19 girls championship at the St Andrews Golf Club in Hamilton earlier this year while Winter, who is a year 11 student at NBGHS, finished third in the South Island Under 19 girls championship and won the under 17 age group category at the same event. Both will attend the National Girls Training Camp at St Peters School in Cambridge from 14-16 July.

 Taranaki’s top male golfers will have the opportunity to go head to head with the introduction of a new matchplay competition. The competition will consist of six teams with eight players in each team. The round robin competition will be a singles matchplay format played over 18 holes with players from each composite team facing off in handicap order. The competition tees off at Te Ngutu on Sunday 23rd June with the top two teams to face off in a final on Sunday 25th August. The round robin dates and venues are: Sunday 23rd June-Te Ngutu; Sunday 30th June –Stratford; Sunday 21st July-Westown; Sunday 4th August –Manaia; Sunday 11th August-New Plymouth

Taranaki representatives Sam Jones and Celeste McLean (69-70-139) shot a 36 hole record five under par total of 139 to blitz the field in the South Taranaki Mixed Foursomes Championship played at the Hawera Golf Club. The Manaia teenagers finished eight shots clear of club mates Michael Sharp and Holly Winter (72-75-147) who took out the best overall net score on 142. Other leading scores were: Gross- Kevin Murrell & Tyla Winter 157; Net- Arnold & Sue Lloyd 144, Anthony Ropiha & Tineka Kumeroa 145.

A capacity field of 64 players competed in the Phil Schroder mixed open tournament at the Urenui Golf Club on Saturday. The senior men’s net was won by Duncan Elliott (80-13-67). In the intermediate division, Rob Wilson (91-24-67) recorded the best net and Jacky Yang the best stableford with 40 points. In the junior division Lou Ramsdale (94-25-69) had the best net and Dave Boyd the best stableford with 38 points. In the women’s division, Shirley McClutchie (95-25-70) had the best net and Tui Maxwell won the best stableford with 35 points. The highlight of the day was a hole in one scored by Kay Wey, who used a driver to hole out on the 138 metre par three sixth hole.

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