McCallum on Golf

Inglewood golfer Kerry Otene (66-62-128) was in a class of his own at the Taranaki men’s Champion of Champions event played at the Waitara Golf Club last Saturday. The plus one handicapper shot a total of six under par for the 36 hole tournament to claim the senior champion of champions title by a massive eight shots over defending champion Aarun Langton (70-66-136) from Opunake. Jamie Reid (69-68-137) from Fitzroy was a further shot back with a trio of players – Daryl Baird (68-71) from Kaitake, Tony Cawley (70-69) from Stratford and Tim White (69-70) from Hawera on 139. The intermediate title went to Brad Gibbons (76-74-150) from Stratford with Richard Hamil (73-80-153) from Manukorihi finishing runner-up. The junior title went to John Bishop (82-83-165) from Eltham, who finished three shots clear of Bob Cave (84-84-168) from Stratford. The Vinn Young trophy for the best club aggregate net score went to Stratford (Tony Cawley 68-67, Brad Gibbons 65-63, Bob Cave 64-64-128) on 391, with Opunake (Aarun Langton 69-65, Chris Cathie 67-61, Snoz Hamilton 69-74) second on 405.

New Plymouth amateur Brad Hayward will lead the five strong Taranaki men’s team to compete at the national interprovincial championships to be played at the North Shore Golf Club from 3-7 December. The other members of the team, in playing order are: Jamie Reid (Fitzroy), Tim White (Hawera), Tyla Otene (Westown) and Sam Jones (Manaia).

The Taranaki women’s representative team lost to Manawatu-Wanganui 7 ½ - 4 ½ in a match played at the Wanganui Golf Club on Sunday. The 36 hole matchplay event was a warm –up for the six strong Taranaki side competing at the national interprovincial tournament at Muriwai Links Golf Club in West Auckland from 10-14 December. For Taranaki, 14 year old Tyla Winter had two wins at number six while Vanessa Bouvet had a win with the other points for Taranaki coming from halved matches by Holly Winter, Rochelle Keegan and Joanne McDonald.

Taranaki amateurs Brad Hayward (75-73-75-73-296-17th=) and Zach Lewis (79-78-79-75-311-40th=) finished well off the pace at the Omanu Classic last weekend. The 72 hole event was played at the Omanu Golf Club in Mount Manganui with the men’s title going to Tae Koh (74-68-71-65-278) with a ten under par total and a five shot winning margin over Peter Lee (69-75-69-70-283) and Charlie Hillier (74-71-67-71-283). The women’s title went to Joanna Kim (75-70-75-76-296) with Chantelle Cassidy (77-74-72-75-298) finishing in second place.

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