McCallum on Golf

Seven out of ten for the Taranaki men’s golf team performance at the Toro men’s national interprovincial tournament played at the North Shore Golf Club last week. The five strong side recorded three wins (Aorangi, Wellington and Hawkes Bay) and three 3-2 losses (Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Southland) to finish a creditable fourth in section one behind Bay of Plenty, Wellington and Auckland. The result was a vast improvement on Taranaki’s performance at quadrangular events leading up to the event, with all five team members contributing to the solid performance. Brad Hayward had four individual wins from his six matches at number one , while Jamie Reid (no 2), Tim White (no 3) and Tyla Otene (no 4) all had three wins, with Sam Jones recording three wins and a half in his debut at number five.


Taranaki golf professionals have had a busy time over the past eight days with the final four events of the 2013 NZPGA tournament schedule being completed. Last Wednesday, the $10,000 Sky City Hamilton Cambridge New World Pro-am was played at the Cambridge Golf Club and won by Jared Pender with a six under par round of 66. Taranaki professional scores and placings were: Dominic Barson 68-3rd =, Grant Moorhead and Craig Owen 73-23rd=. On Friday and Saturday the Fairview Golf Club in Katikati hosted the $25,000 Men’s Health Trust NZ Fairview Pro-am with Josh Geary (67-64-131) shooting a 13 under par total to win the 36 hole event. Taranaki scores: Dominic Barson 69-68-137-11th, Grant Moorhead 73-66-139-16th, Craig Owen 80-77-157-42nd. On Monday and Tuesday, the $20,000 Dunes Matarangi Pro-am was played with Ben Campbell (73-69-142) and Daniel Pearce (70-72-142) sharing first place in the 36 hole event. Grant Moorhead (76-72-148) and Dominic Barson (72-76-148) finished 11th equal. The final event for 2013 was the $10,000 BMW Mount Maunganui Pro-am played at the Mount Maunganui Golf Club on Tuesday. The 18 hole event was won by Harry Bateman who shot a five under par round of 67. Dominic Barson shot a 70 to finish 2nd= while Grant Moorhead shot a 74 to finish 16th=.


A bumper field of 169 players competed in the Fitzroy Golf Club Open Christmas Hamper on Sunday. In the senior division, Brian Rowland took out the best gross with an even par round of 68, finishing two shots clear of Kevin Mancer. The best net was won by Nev Rowlands (73-10-63) and the best stableford went to Erich Jahnke with 41 points. In the intermediate division, Peter Broad took out the best gross with a 76, while Karl Groot (81-19-62) won the best net and Ian Colson the best stableford with 42 points. In the junior division, Asoese Se’e had the best gross with an 83, Stuart Cade (88-29-59) the best net and Tane Hawkins the best stableford with 42 points.




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