McCallum on Golf

Taranaki men’s golf selector John Newland has a lot to think about after the  eight strong  Taranaki team finished bottom of the heap at the Northern Quadrangular played at the Akarana Golf Club last weekend. The Taranaki side was on the receiving end of two 7-1 drubbings to Waikato and Northland on the opening day before putting up a better effort in losing to Auckland 4½ - 3½ in the final round. The Taranaki junior boys team also finished last but did manage a half against Northland. New Plymouth junior Fletcher Broderick was unbeaten at number one with two wins and a half and may well be fast tracked into the senior ranks given the poor performance of the senior team over the last two weeks.

The 2013 Manukorihi Golf Club matchplay championships were completed recently. In the senior men’s final Ivor Sarten was a convincing 10/9 winner over Damien Powell in the 36 hole final while Nathan Loppy beat John Rayner 2/1 to claim the intermediate division. In the junior division Don Bowers beat Lex Paul 4/3 and the limit title went to Richard Crowe who beat Gary Crawford on the 19th. In the women’s finals, Lesley Elliott beat Joy Andrews 5/4 to win the Bronze One division, Marie Rayner won the Bronze Two title with a 2 up win over Jo Broadmore and the Bronze Three division went to Robyn Chamberlain who beat Helen Watt 2 up.

66 players competed in the Twin Links tournament played at the Fitzroy and Waitara Golf Clubs last weekend. Major winners of the 36 hole event were: Senior men- Gross- Brian Rowland 144; Net –Nick Northam 132; Intermediate net – Erich Jahnke 137; Junior- Lloyd Phillips 129; Women -Net-Ann Braithwaite 141, Stableford-Fay Rowe 66

The Taranaki Junior Golf Society will be one of six teams competing for the Booth Shield at the Trentham Golf Club this weekend. The 10 strong Taranaki team is: Boys-Brad Cottam, Ryan Murray (Inglewood), Ryan Joll, Ethan Jones (Manaia) and Tyler O'Leary (Westown); Girls-Holly Winter, Tyla Winter, Brylee Winter, Caitlin Reardon (Manaia), Jacqui Smith (Te Ngutu). 

Inglewood golfer Graeme Small is coming into form just in time for his favourite tournament –the Taranaki Pairs championship –a 36 hole ambrose pairs event which he instigated and runs every year. On  Saturday the 17 handicapper used a five wood to hole in one on the 151 metre par three 10th hole at his home course. A limited number of entries are still available for the Taranaki Pairs event which will be held this Sunday and Monday.

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