McCallum on Golf

A 12 strong Taranaki junior development team will take on their Auckland counterparts at the New Plymouth Golf Club today. Eight boys and four girls will play two rounds of singles matchplay with the Taranaki side looking to defend their win last year.The Taranaki teams in playing order are; Ben Joseph, Fletcher Broderick, Jarron Pittams, Daniel White, Ethan Jones, Daniel Lundt, Joe Conley, Alex Lundt; Girls- Tyla Winter, Tineka Kumeroa, Claudia Munro, Esther White.

Two teams remain unbeaten after the third round of the Taranaki Golf senior men’s matchplay invitational competition. The Taranaki Golf Centre Pumas and the Taranaki Hardcore Rebels lead the Bunnings sponsored competition, with both teams on five points. The Pumas tail wagged on Sunday with the lower order winning four of the last five games to secure a 4 ½ - 3 ½ win over the Pita Pit Pirates. The Taranaki Hardcore Rebels lost their top three matches but held on for a 4 ½ - 3 ½ win over the Revital Fertiliser Coasters. The Taranaki representative trio of Aarun Langton, Brook Gray and Joseph Doyle all secured wins for the Coasters, with Langton beating Jamie Reid 2/1, Gray too strong for Tony Cawley 6/5 and Doyle edging out Stephen McIntosh 2 up. The surprise result of the round saw the Vanburwray Vipers come up with the right tonic for a convincing 7-1 victory over the Jennian Homes Hornets, with Tyla Otene the only winner for the Hornets with a 3/2 win over James Malone. The next round will be played at the Manaia Golf Club on Sunday 4th August.

New Plymouth professional Craig Owen (68-76-144) shot an even par total to finish fourth equal in the 36 hole A$20,000 Queensland PGA Seniors Championship which was played at the Redlands Bay Golf Club last week. Owen, who was the joint leader after the opening round finished six shots behind tournament winner Australian professional David Merriman ( 68-70-138). Seven players, including Kiwi professional Peter Hayes (72-72-144) shared fourth place to pick up A$756 each.         

From the fairways of Ngamotu to the pot bunkers of Muirfield, 2006 Taranaki Open winner Mark Brown (77-73-72-72-294) put up a gutsy effort at the British Open last weekend. The 38 year old, who has been a regular starter in the Charles Tour Taranaki Open snuck into the final two rounds after finishing right on the 36 hole cut mark of eight over par. The former European Tour player then put in a gritty performance over the final two rounds with back to back 72’s to finish tied for 44th and pocket Euro 18,745.

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